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Liberal Arts - Social/Behavioral Science

Description:

The Liberal Arts – Social/Behavioral Science degree program provides a structured and coherent path for students at Community College of Philadelphia who want broad exposure to social sciences in areas such as social work, sociology, urban studies, political science, geography, anthropology, economics, history, or related fields. This major is especially recommended for those who plan to transfer to baccalaureate programs in social work.

Liberal Arts—Social/Behavioral Science students are required to enroll in FYE 101: First Year Experience within the first twelve credits and must complete required courses ENGL 101, ENGL 102, college-level math, CIS 103, PSYC 101, SOC 101, the first in the Humanities pair, and the Communication course within the first 24 credits so that they are free to choose the courses that best fit their long-term educational goals for the remainder of the program.

Students are expected to consult with an academic advisor or counselor upon entry to the program and in subsequent semesters. Transfer planning should begin early so that the student can make the most informed choices. The Liberal Arts – Social/Behavioral Science curriculum contains a number of electives and allows students and advisors to shape the selection of courses to meet individual goals. Students who follow the Liberal Arts – Social/Behavioral Science curriculum and plan to attend a specific four-year college after graduation should choose electives that duplicate as closely as possible those in the first two years of the program of that college.

Note: Many, but not all, transfer institutions require some knowledge of a foreign language (from one semester to two years of study at the college level or the equivalent). Students planning to transfer should be aware of foreign language requirements that may affect their acceptance into certain colleges and programs.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical analysis of arguments and evaluation of an argument's major assertions, its background assumptions and the evidence used to support its assertions.
  • Communicate effectively through written and oral means including essays, research papers and classroom presentations.
  • Identify principles of human behavior and social structures.
  • Explain how the scientific method is used to study human behavior and social structures.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses in the first 24 credits as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Liberal Arts—Social/Behavioral Science students are required to enroll in FYE 101: First Year Experience within the first twelve credits and must complete required courses ENGL 101, ENGL 102, college-level math, CIS 103, PSYC 101, SOC 101, the first in the Humanities pair, and the Communication course within the first 24 credits. To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts—Social/Behavioral Science, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
FYE 101 - First Year Experience   3 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology*   3 credits Tech Comp
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 251 - Statistics for Science**
For MATH 251: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better, or MATH 150 with a grade of "C" or better 3 or 4 credits Mathematics
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 credits Social Sciences

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
BLAS 101 - Introduction to Black Studies or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions
or
HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions II or
Foreign Language 101: Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian,
Japanese, or Spanish *** 
  3 credits Humanities
Global Diversity
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or  
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication
For ENGL 115 and ENGL 117: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
For ENGL 116: ENGL 101 or ENGL 114
3 credits  
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology   3 credits Social Sciences
Writing Intensive
Interpretive Studies
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry
  credits Lab Science

Semester 3

 

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
General Elective   3 or 4 credits  
POLS 111 - American Government    3 credits  
BLAS 102 - Global Black Theory and Social Change or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions II or
Foreign Language 101: Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish *** †
For BLAS 102: BLAS 101  3 credits  
PSYC 202 - Human Sexuality or
PSYC 205 - Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 215 - Developmental Psychology or
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology 
For PSYC 202, PSYC 205, PSYC 221: PSYC 101
For PSYC 215: PSYC 101 or BIOL 109.
3 credits  
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
ART 104 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern or
ART 105 - Drawing I or
ENGL 131 - Acting I
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing or
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music or
PHOT 113 - Digital Technology, Art, & Culture 
For ENGL 205: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ECON 181 - Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics or
ECON 182 - Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 
  3 credits  
SOC 212 - Sociology of Families or
SOC 215 - Criminology or SOC 231- Social Problems or
SOC 233 - Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequalities 
SOC 212, SOC 215, SOC 231 and SOC 233: SOC 101 or ANTH 112. 3 credits  
HIST 146 - Latino-American History or
HIST 160 - Diversity in American History or HIST 220 - African-American History to 1877 or
HIST 221 - African-American History after 1865 or
MUS 120 - Music of African- Americans or
RS 170 - Religion in American History or
SOC 115 - Gender and Society
For SOC 115: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits American Diversity
CHEM 103 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Non-Lab Based) or
EASC 111- Environmental Conservation or
PHYS 108 - Descriptive Astronomy
  3 credits Natural Science
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
ANTH 202 - Gender Roles in Cross- Cultural Perspective or
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
GEOG 180 - Urban Geography or
GS 101- Introduction to Gender Studies or
GS 110 - Global Perspectives in Gender Studies or
LEAD 104 - Introduction to Leadership or
JUS 101 - Survey of Criminal Justice or
POLS 117 - Local/State Government and Politics or
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems

For ANTH 202: ENGL 101 and ANTH 101, ANTH 112 or SOC 101 3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

61

* Students with computer skills may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.
**Students planning to attend baccalaureate programs should choose math courses that transfer.
***Pair 1 and Pair 2 subjects must match.
 Other social science, humanities, and arts options are available with Coordinator approval.

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.