Social Sciences Associate Degree
Associate of Arts
Social sciences examine how individuals behave, how society works, and the relationship between the two. This program provides a foundation of coursework upon which a student may build a four-year degree in various majors within the social sciences. Students earning the degree have a competitive advantage for entry-level career opportunities with social and human service agencies.
Students spend significant time studying human behavior and the social environment in addition to expanding their world view with courses in psychology, sociology, human development, world religions, and human diversity. Select courses within the program are aligned with the Council on Social Work Education’s Social Work Competencies.
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What You'll Learn
In interactive class sessions, students may be involved in learning experiences that include:
Review of case studies depicting societal influence on a person’s needs based on stage of development; cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious backgrounds; socio-economic status, or level of education.
Examine substance abuse from a compassionate perspective to include the causes of addiction, and ways for social scientists to encourage rehabilitation.
Attaining industry-recognized credentials in Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, HIPAA Privacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness Basics, Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals.
Participating in a field experience with a specific criminal justice system agency within the student’s community.*
*Based on a student’s selected specialization within the degree program.
Career Outlook in Social Sciences
This degree prepares students for entry level positions in the social services field that include social services assistant, community outreach worker, case management aide, or other human services roles.
There are 2,250 projected annual job openings in Pennsylvania for Social and Human Service Assistants. (O*Net OnLine)
This program establishes foundational business knowledge, skills, and abilities for increased marketability. Students have the opportunity to select between two specializations: General Business or Business Information Systems. General business courses are designed to go beyond the foundational level of information, while the business information systems track equips students with skills in technology, data, and information systems.
This program is for people driven by the desire to help others, serve the community for the greater good, and maintain safety. Major coursework involves studying corrections, criminology, policing, investigations, criminal procedure, criminal law, and Criminal Justice ethics for students to be able to describe the structures within and functions of the American Criminal Justice systems.
Students are introduced to a broad range of foundational courses while providing flexibility to sample courses related to multiple fields of study. Courses can be selected to align with career goals or transfer to a four-year college or university.
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I started with NPRC right after graduating high school in 2018. I was not sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but the criminal justice field had always piqued my interest. Before finishing my two-year degree with NPRC, I decided to transfer to a four-year university to further my education in both sociology and criminal justice. Without the affordability of NPRC and their knowledgeable staff, I would never have dreamed of being where I am today. I will be graduating from RIT in August of 2022 having majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as having minored in Criminal Justice. I am excited to start a career in the federal Criminal Justice system or within admissions/counseling in higher education. I plan to put myself through law school while working full time after graduating from RIT.
-Ally, Former NPRC Student
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