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Social Sciences

Associate of Science

SPECIALIZATIONS:  
American Sign Language/Deaf Studies
Pre-Social Work
Teacher Preparation

PURPOSE: The social sciences are concerned with the study of human society and emphasize the role of analysis, experimentation, and the scientific method. The chief academic disciplines of the social sciences are anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. The Social Sciences AS degree is designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences. The curricula consist of courses in general education (including foreign language, natural science, and social science) typically required in the first two years of a baccalaureate curriculum in the social sciences.

Students from the Science AS degree transfer into a wide variety of majors at senior institutions including, but not limited to, the following: 

anthropology pre-law
history social work
economics government/political science
mass communications sociology
psychology speech-language pathology
education/Deaf studies ASL: interpretation/linguistics

 

The Social Sciences AS degree lays the foundation for a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. The program includes one year of coursework in the same foreign language. The Social Sciences program is designed to provide transfer paths that will match the requirements of senior institutions (four-year colleges and universities); however, senior institutions differ in their requirements, so students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Students should understand that the line between the humanities and social sciences is not always clear and that some colleges and universities award BA degrees in what are usually considered the social sciences. Each student admitted to the program is assigned an academic advisor to help plan the appropriate course of studies to transfer to the student’s choice of a four-year college or university. Students who complete the program generally transfer as juniors.

The ASL/Deaf Studies specialization is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in American Sign Language and Deaf persons as a cultural group. These expanding fields include speech-language pathology, deaf education, ASL instruction, interpretation, interpreter education, linguistics, and Deaf studies (e.g., history, literature, and research).

The Pre-Social Work specialization is designed for students who plan to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University and major in social work.  This specialization was developed in collaboration with VCU, and an articulation agreement exists for eligible students who transfer to VCU.  Students who pursue a different degree program at VCU will be subject to a reevaluation of transferable credits for their elected course of study.  Students interested in this specialization should meet with the Pre-Social Work program head at Reynolds and are required to do so during their first semester of study.

The Teacher Preparation specialization is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the social sciences, and who plan to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level. The Teacher Preparation specialization enables the student to participate in two field experiences in area schools.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: The following high school units are strongly recommended: three units of college preparatory mathematics and two years of a foreign language.

PRE-SOCIAL WORK ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH VCU: The VCU School of Social Work guarantees admission into its BSW program with junior standing to eligible students who have completed requirements for Pre-Social Work specialization for the AS in Social Sciences at Reynolds.  Eligible students are those who meet the following criteria:

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences at Reynolds;
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Earn an individual grade no lower than B in HMS 100 - Introduction to Human Services and HMS 121 - Basic Counseling Skills I; and
  • Earn an individual grade no lower than a C in all other courses listed for the Pre-Social Work specialization.

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS: Students who wish to be licensed to teach in Virginia should earn a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts, science, or mathematics field. Students should consult with their advisor regarding elective choices that match their desired teaching endorsement area(s). While enrolled at the community college, students should prepare for and successfully complete Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics), the initial teacher licensure examination.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in the Social Sciences degree will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

 

Social Sciences — Associate of Science

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.
LAB. HRS.
CRS. CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

HIS___

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization, or any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 1701
or
MTH 1631

Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics
or
Precalculus I

3

0

3

______2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

______3

Foreign Language

4

0

4

TOTAL

14-15

0-2

15

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HIS___

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization, or any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 2401

Statistics

3

0

3

______3

Foreign Language

4

0

4

ITE 1154
 or
CSC 1554

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG___5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

______2,6

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

______7

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

______8

Approved Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

12

3

13

ENG___5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

______2,6

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

______7

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

______8

Approved Electives

6

0

6

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences 60

04.21.15

Students should consult with their advisor and preferred transfer institution about which math courses to take.  MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable.  Students planning to transfer to VCU may take MTH 170, followed by MTH 240.  Students who intend to major in economics or anthropology at VCU must take MTH 163. 

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

3A list of approved foreign language courses is provided in the catalog in the Curriculum Planning and Design section. Students must take the same foreign language through the 102-level. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may take the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) test through the testing centers to receive up to 8 credits toward their foreign language requirement. Students who have acquired foreign language CLEP scores should refer to the College Catalog for the acceptable minimum scores for any Reynolds/VCCS course equivalent.  Students can then apply to Admissions and Records to have the scores evaluated. Some BS programs require intermediate-level foreign language. Many colleges and universities accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit. Students should consult with their transfer institution about language requirements.

4 Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take. Students who have good backgrounds in computers may petition for credit by examination.

5 Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy this literature requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

6 Degree requirements may be fulfilled by students taking sequential or non-sequential courses in the same or different subject area. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

7 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

8A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. For the Social Sciences AS degree, students are recommended to complete six hours in a course or courses designated as having an international focus. Courses having an international focus are identified on the approved general education electives list.

 

CURRICULUM:
Social Sciences — Associate of Science
American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Specialization 

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.
LAB. HRS.
CRS. CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3
0
3

SDV 101

Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education

3
0
3

HIS___

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization, or any 200-level History Course

3
0
3

MTH 1701
or
MTH 1631

Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics
or
Precalculus I

3
0
3

______2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

ASL 295

Topics in ASL: American Sign Language III

3

0

3

TOTAL

15-16

0-2

16

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HIS___

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization, or any 200-level History Course

3

0

3

MTH 2401

Statistics

3

0

3

ASL 295

Topics in ASL: American Sign Language IV

3

0

3

ITE 1154 or
CSC 1554

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

ENG___5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

______2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

______6

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

ASL 125

History and Culture of the Deaf Community

3

0

3

TOTAL

12

3

13

ENG___5

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

______2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

______6

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

ASL 220

Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English

3

0

3

ASL 225

Literature of the U.S. Deaf Community

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences, ASL/Deaf Studies Specialization 60

04.21.15

1 Students should consult with their advisor and preferred transfer institution about which math course to take. MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable.  Students planning to transfer to VCU may take MTH 170, followed by MTH 240.  Students who intend to major in economics or anthropology at VCU must take MTH 163. 

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and upon an investigation of the transfer requirements of the institution to which transfer is contemplated.

3 ASL 295 - ASL III and ASL 295 - ASL IV satisfy the one-year foreign language requirement. Completion of ASL 101 and ASL 102 with a grade of “C” or higher satisfies the prerequisites for ASL 295 - ASL III.

4 Students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take.

5 Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy this literature requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

6 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

 

CURRICULUM:
Social Sciences — Associate of Science
Pre-Social Work Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

HMS 1001

Introduction to Human Services

3

0

3

MTH 170

or

MTH 163

Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics

or

Precalculus I

3

0

3

PSY 200

Principles of Psychology

3

0

3

______2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

TOTAL

13-14

0-2

14

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HMS 1211

Basic Counseling Skills I

3

0

3

MTH 240

Statistics

3

0

3

PSY 230

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

ITE 1153or 
CSC 1553

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

BIO 101

General Biology I 3

3

4

ENG 210

Advanced Composition

3

0

3

HIS ___2

History Elective

3

0

3

SOC 200

Principles of Sociology

3

0

3

______4

Foreign Language

3-4

0

3-4

TOTAL

15-16

3

16-17

BIO 102

General Biology II

3

3

4

ENG ___2

Any 200-Level Literature Course

3

0

3

HIS ___2

History Elective

3

0

3

PHI 1115
or
PHI 2205

Logic I
or
Ethics

3

0

3

SOC 210

Survey of Physical and Cultural Anthropology

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences, Pre-Social Work Specialization 61

08.20.15

1 Students must complete a social work-designated section with a minimum grade of "B."

A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

3 Students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take.

4 A list of approved foreign language courses is provided in the catalog in the Curriculum Planning and Design section. Students must take a foreign language course, either at an introductory-level (101 or 102) or intermediate-level (201 or 202). An American Sign Language  (ASL) course may be taken to satisfy the foreign language requirement. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may take the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) test through the testing centers to demonstrate mastery at an introductory-level (101 or 102).  Students who have acquired foreign language CLEP scores should refer to the College Catalog for the acceptable minimum scores for any Reynolds/VCCS course equivalent. Students can then apply to Admissions and Records to have the scores evaluated for competence through an introductory-level.  Students who demonstrate mastery through the intermediate-level should discuss having credits accepted and/or substituting an approved elective in place of the foreign language course.

5 Students may also take PHI 225 or PHI 226 to meet this requirement.


CURRICULUM:
Social Sciences — Associate of Science
Teacher Preparation Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC. HRS.

LAB. HRS.

CRS. CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 101

Orientation to Teacher Preparation

2

0

2

HIS___1

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization

3

0

3

MTH 1702
or
MTH 1632

Foundations of Contemporary Mathematics
or
Precalculus I

3

0

3

______3

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

______4

Foreign Language

4

0

4

TOTAL

15-16

0-2

16

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HIS___1

United States History, or African-American History, or Western Civilization, or World Civilization

3

0

3

MTH 2402

Statistics

3

0

3

______4

Foreign Language

4

0

4

ITE 115 or 
CSC 1555

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG___6

Any 200-Level English Literature Course

3

0

3

ECO 201
or 

ECO 202
or
ECO 1207

Principles of Economics I-Macroeconomics
or
Principles of Economics II-Microeconomics
or
Survey of Economics

3

0

3

______8

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

EDU 200

Introduction to Teaching as a Profession

2

2

3

TOTAL

11

5

13

ENG___6

Any 200-Level English Literature Course

3

0

3

GEO 210

People and the Land: Introduction to Cultural Geography

3

0

3

______8

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

______3

Approved Elective

3

0

3

______3

Approved Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Social Sciences, Teacher Preparation Specialization 61

04.21.15

1 Students are recommended to take one semester of United States, African-American, or Virginia History, and one semester of Western or World Civilization.

2Students should consult with their advisor and preferred transfer institution about which math course to take. MTH 163 followed by MTH 240 or MTH 270 are more universally transferable.  Students planning to transfer to VCU may take MTH 170, followed by MTH 240.  Students who intend to major in economics or anthropology at VCU must take MTH 163. 

3A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and upon an investigation of the transfer requirements of the institution to which transfer is contemplated.

4Students must take the same foreign language through the 102-level. Students who have satisfactorily completed two years of a foreign language in high school may take the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) through the testing centers to receive up to 8 credits toward their foreign language requirement. Students who have acquired foreign language CLEP scores should refer to the College Catalog for the acceptable minimum scores for any Reynolds/VCCS course equivalent.  Students can then apply to Admissions and Records to have the scores evaluated.  Some BS programs require intermediate-level foreign language. Many colleges and universities accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit. Students should consult their transfer institution about language requirements. 

5 Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take. Students who have good backgrounds in computers may petition for credit by examination.

6 Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy this literature requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections.

7Students should consult with their advisor and transfer institution to determine the best choice for their program.

8A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. Future elementary teachers are recommended to take one semester of physical science and one semester of biological science. NAS and below 100-level sciences do not satisfy this requirement. Students are advised to check the requirements of their transfer institution.

Name Program Email Phone
Beverly Aronowitz Social Sciences AS baronoitz@reynolds.edu 523-5610
Elizabeth Bensen-Barber Social Sciences AS ebensen-barber@reynolds.edu 523-5754
Ashley Bourne Social Sciences AS abourne@reynolds.edu 523-5170
Stephen Brandon Social Sciences AS sbrandon@reynolds.edu 523-5496
Morris Carson Social Sciences AS mcarson@reynolds.edu 523-5608
Michael Cline Social Sciences AS mcline@reynolds.edu 523-5503
Gayle D Andrea Social Sciences AS gdandrea@reynolds.edu 523-5497
Cynthia De Riemer Social Sciences AS cderiemer@reynolds.edu 523-5749
Thomas deMayo Social Sciences AS tdemayo@reynolds.edu 523-5918
Maria Espiritu Social Sciences AS mespiritu@reynolds.edu 523-5169
Douglas Gava Social Sciences AS dgava@reynolds.edu 523-5007
Atalissa Gilfoyle Social Sciences AS agilfoyle@reynolds.edu 523-5748
Wendy Gray Social Sciences AS wgray@reynolds.edu 523-5621
Ghazala Hashmi Social Sciences AS ghashmi@reynolds.edu 523-5515
Barbara Lytton Social Sciences AS blytton@reynolds.edu 523-5253
Eric Hibbison Social Sciences AS ehibbison@reynolds.edu 523-5500
George Kugler Social Sciences AS gkugler@reynolds.edu 523-5746
Donna Levy Social Sciences AS dlevy@reynolds.edu 523-5944
Jason Lira Social Sciences AS jlira@reynolds.edu 523-5869
Nancy Morrison Social Sciences AS nmorison@reynolds.edu 523-5686
Carlos Ossandon Social Sciences AS cossandon@reynolds.edu 523-5609
Karen Pallay Social Sciences AS kpallay@reynolds.edu 523-5040
Linda Pinney Social Sciences AS lpinney@reynolds.edu 523-5744
Mark Plume Social Sciences AS mplume@reynolds.edu 523-5745
Glenda Potts Social Sciences AS gpotts@reynolds.edu 523-5920
Maria Ramos Social Sciences AS mramos@reynolds.edu 523-5601
Jane Rosecrans Social Sciences AS jrosecrans@reynolds.edu 523-5599
Jason Sampson Social Sciences AS jsampson@reynolds.edu 523-5504
Christopher C. Thomas Social Sciences AS ccthomas@reynolds.edu 523-5291
Joshua Watson Social Sciences AS jwatson@reynolds.edu 523-5295
Scott Weaver Social Sciences AS sweaver@reynolds.edu 523-5602
William Ziegler Social Sciences AS wziegler@reynolds.edu 523-5606
Bruce Sofinski Social Sciences - ASL Deaf Studies Spec AS bsofinski@reynolds.edu 523-5604
Brenda Thornton Social Sciences - ASL Deaf Studies Spec AS bthornton@reynolds.edu 523-5623
Eric Barna Social Sciences - Teacher Prep Spec AS ebarna@reynolds.edu 523-5542
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