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Contact Information
Liberal Arts
Anne Fleischmann (Interim)
Associate Deans
Susan Lucyga, Lynn Medeiros (Interim)
Division Office
W 107, Rocklin Campus


The Social Science curriculum is a mixture of survey courses and interdisciplinary studies. The courses vary in their subject matter. Students who major in Social Science generally do so in order to prepare themselves for graduate training in a variety of fields.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Social Science are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Positions for which four-year graduates in Social Science are qualified include: civil service entry level management, entry into teacher training, entry into law school, entry into professional social work training and entry-level work in social service agencies.


Sandra J. McDonald

Professor, Social Science

B.S., Tennessee State University
M.S., Vanderbilt University


Social and Behavioral Sciences

AA or AS Degree

(formerly Social Science)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences degree provides students with a broad perspective on human behavior. Successful completion of the curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences offers students a breadth of knowledge that could be focused into single discipline degrees as well as applied to an interdisciplinary degree. By drawing from a select group of disciplines, students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. Topics and discussions strengthen students’ ability to gather and apply information, evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate, gain knowledge to apply to life and think critically. The courses emphasize a span of social and behavioral disciplines. Students should choose the emphasis appropriate to their transfer institution or areas of interest. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Required Courses
Select 9 units from the following Behavioral Sciences:9
Cultural Anthropology
Native Peoples of North America
Introduction to Archaeology
Native Peoples of California
Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual, Myth and Religion
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
Group Communication
Communication Experience
Oral Interpretation of Diverse Literatures
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Communication: Media and Society
Human Development through the Lifespan
Child, Family, and Community
Child and Adolescent Development
Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Principles of Nutrition
General Principles of Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychology of Death and Dying
Psychology of Marriage and Family (also HDEV 0021)
Psychology of Women
Human Sexuality
Alcohol, Drugs and Society
Psychology and Film
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality
The Family (also HDEV 0022)
Sociology of Women's Health
Introduction to Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
Introduction to Sociology of Sport
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Dialogues in American Culture
Select 9 units from the following Social Sciences:9
Introduction to Administration of Justice
Food, Society and the Environment
Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics
Law and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
The Environment and the Human Impact
Cultural Geography
Geography of California
World Regional Geography
Western Civilization to 1715
Western Civilization since 1715
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States since 1865
The African American Experience in American History to 1877
The African American Experience in American History since 1877
History of Traditional East Asia
History of Modern East Asia
California History
Contemporary United States History
American Military History
Chicano/Mexican American History
Russian History - 10th Century to Present
Women in American History
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
Russian and East European Political Systems
Politics of the Developing World - Third World Politics
American Foreign Policy
Politics of the Middle East
Introduction to Political Theory
Women and Politics in a Global Society
African American Culture and Experience
Immigrants and Refugees in America: The European Experience
Ethnic Images in Film
Introduction to Women's Studies
Total Units18


Understanding course descriptions

SSCI 0010. Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to the diverse cultural, social, economic, historical, and political issues relating to the past and present life circumstances of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and other "old" and "new" immigrants. Topics also include majority-minority relations, implications of racism, and intergroup relations. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0013. Dialogues in American Culture

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduces students to a variety of contemporary topics through guest lectures and discussions. Explores the rich diversity of people, cultures, and opportunities within America, emphasizing theoretical and practical understanding of diversity. Employing a wide range of interdisciplinary social and behavioral science perspectives. The lecture-discussions and films explore topics including ethnicity, aging, (dis) ability, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, identity, politics and science. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0020. African American Culture and Experience

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to the study of African American culture and experience in the United States. Places the African American experience at the center of the discourse and incorporates methodology from other disciplines that serve as a foundation for integrative and comparative perspectives. A critical examination of the African American experience and its antecedents. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0025. Mexican American/Latino Culture and Image

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to Mexican American/Chicano/Latino culture using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach with focus on representation in media and popular culture. Course designed to provide an awareness of social, political, economic and cultural aspects of Mexican American, Chicano and Latino life in United States inclusive of social movements and protests. Field trips may be required. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0028. Independent Study

Units: 1-3
Designed for students interested in furthering their knowledge at an independent study level in an area where no specific curriculum offering is currently available. Independent study might include, but is not limited to, research papers, special subject area projects, and research projects. See Independent Study page in catalog. (CSU, UC-with unit limitation)

SSCI 0030. Immigration, Community and Culture: The Asian American Experience

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to Asian American cultures in the United States from mid-1800's to present using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. Examination of the development and evolution of Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indians, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese communities within the context of social, historical, economic, and political forces within the United States. Topics include immigration and settlement issues, social movements, assimilation, media images, stereotypes and discrimination, community building, art and popular culture. Field trips may be required. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0035. Immigrants and Refugees in America: The European Experience

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Survey of immigration, acculturation, assimilation and cultures of peoples from northern, western, southern, eastern and central Europe. Includes a comparative overview of pre-immigration, immigration and post-immigration experiences of the people from these groups to the United States. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0050. Ethnic Images in Film

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Interdisciplinary approach to study ethnic culture, race, socio-economic class, and gender in the United States through the medium of film. Examines film content for representation and accuracy, the multiple dimensions of media stereotypes, and the authenticity of diverse ethnic experiences with particular emphasis on gender, race and class. Note: not a course in film making or film criticism. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0300F. Italian Life, Culture and Politics

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to Italian life and culture through the exploration and examination of history, politics, economics, art, literature and traditions. Special attention will be given to the Medici banking system, the Italian City Republics as well as the period known as the Italian Renaissance. (CSU, UC)

SSCI 0300G. Oaxacan Life and Culture

Units: 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to Oaxacan life and culture through exploration of its history, culture, politics, ecology and challenges. Emphasis includes the relationship between Southern Mexico and U.S. cultures. Involves field trips to local artisan villages, ecological preserves, museums, archeological sites and guest lectures. (CSU, UC)

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Read and discuss the influences of race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Evaluate and examine theories of race relations and the persistence of racism, classism, and sexism.
  • Analyze the concepts of individual/institutional racism, cycles of oppression, matrix of domination and policies of exclusion.
  • Identify, recognize and appreciate the extensive contributions of historically marginalized people in the formation of the U.S.