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Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Concentrations

When pursuing your Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Social and Behavioral Sciences, you have a choice of four concentrations:

  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology with a Nursing 2+3 pathway (In addition to pursuing a Psychology concentration, students who pursue this option take additional coursework at the Niehoff School of Nursing. Note that applicants must meet additional admissions requirements.)

Our Commitment to You

As a graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Arrupe College, you will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and professional values as you pursue continued higher education or meaningful employment:

Knowledge

  • For students in the Criminal Justice concentration, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory criminal justice and corrections courses.
  • For students in the Political Science concentration, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in introductory political science and international relations courses.
  • For students in the Psychology concentration, competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in general, social, and abnormal psychology courses.

 

Skills

  • Written and Oral Communication: Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to their audience and purpose.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Understand, analyze, and evaluate numerical data and use it to draw or evaluate conclusions.
  • Critical Thinking: Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner. Demonstrate an awareness of your own thinking and decision-making processes, and their importance in academic and non-academic settings.

 

Professional Values

  • Cura Personalis: Cultivate and demonstrate habits and mindsets that support your flourishing as a whole person, living in a community with others.
  • Social Justice and Ethical Reasoning: You will reflect on social, political, and historical contexts and norms that lead to injustice, and then articulate responses that respect and promote the welfare of all beings in global and intersectional communities. You will recognize, articulate, and apply ethical reasoning, showing awareness of the intersectional and historical nature of the relationships being studied. Intersectionality addresses multiple contexts, such as gender, sexuality, race, class, culture, politics, and intellectual perspectives.

 

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a total of 62-63 credit hours for the A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students who pursue the Nursing 2+3 pathway must complete additional courses at the Niehoff School of Nursing, for a total of 70 credit hours.

For more details, please see the Course Catalog.