Disciplines of the Social Sciences


The academic disciplines of the Social Sciences consist of a variety of branches of knowledge which are taught and researched at colleges and universities around the world. Social Science research is recognized in academic and popular press alike; however, scholarly work is published in academic journals and shared with learned scholars who impart knowledge to colleagues and students. They, in turn, become practitioners of theoretical and applied knowledge which is used to explain human behavior and social conditions.

The disciplines of the Social Sciences include many sub-disciplines or branches of study which closely examine aspects of human behavior found in a specific discipline. Such sub-disciplines allow students to “drill-down” into broad discussions to study more narrow variables like race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and religion to name only a few of the topics Social Scientists study.

The Social Sciences represent many of the undergraduate breadth or General Education (GE) subjects that a student will need to fulfill graduation or transfer requirements to the 4-year college or university. Exposure to concepts, theories, and research findings from disciplines like Anthropology, Political Science, Communication Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History, as well as Economics--all of which are offered at College of the Canyons through the Social Science and Business Division--will assist students in developing a broad understanding of the complexities of human and social life.

In addition to the above subjects, the Division also includes the American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies Program, as well as outstanding programs and certificates in Business, Computer Information Technology, and Real Estate. SSB prides itself on providing transfer, Career Technical Education (CTE), and Basic Skills education to hundreds of students each semester.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the COC Honors Program, join student clubs, serve the community through Service-Learning or work as an intern through Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) or compete with the nationally recognized Forensics Team. Classes in SSB span the gamut of cultural interest, social diversity, political awareness, technical training, and historical importance.