The Social Science Department offers coursework in economics, geography, government and history. Courses in economics and geography fulfill a student’s social/behavioral science core curriculum requirement. Courses in American and Texas history and American and Texas government fulfill the core curriculum requirements in history and government. Courses in the history of western civilization fulfill the language, philosophy and culture core curriculum requirement.
Students receive the fundamental instruction that will lead to an associate of arts degree and enable you to transfer successfully to a university to complete work on a bachelor’s degree. The department’s flexible social science curriculum can also help you prepare for degree specialization in a number of areas.
Texas law requires students seeking a baccalaureate degree at public institutions to complete six semester hours of American history and government. Most students meet these requirements by taking HIST 1301 and 1302 and GOVT 2305 and 2306; however, the law does provide two options: 1.) three of the six history hours and three of the six government hours may be completed by advanced standing examination; and 2.) three of the six history hours may be in Texas History.
Departmental chairperson is Dr. Laura Graves, professor of government and history.