General Studies - Social Sciences


Program Overview

This Division of Social Sciences at WNCC offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) in social sciences, a multidisciplinary program with an intellectually rich and diverse combination of courses. The AA in social sciences permits students to select courses from their choice of four (4) of the program’s six (6) areas of study: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, or sociology. Ultimately, this program is specifically designed to introduce the social sciences that will successfully prepare students for a variety of interesting and meaningful professions.  


  • Identify the multidisciplinary knowledge requisite to understanding personal and social responsibility in modern, complex, and interdependent societies; 
  • Assess the knowledge required to understand and value human cultures and diversity; 
  • Synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge in the areas of local and global civic awareness, intercultural competence, and ethical reasoning and action; 
  • Develop and demonstrate applied skills across students’ chosen areas of study, consistent with students’ plans to transfer to a four-year college or university and/or their career path; 
  • Develop and utilize a set of intellectual and life skills in the areas of communication, critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy, humanities and/or fine arts awareness, cultural awareness, personal development, and life-long learning. 


  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult with their WNCC faculty advisor, the WNCC transfer advisor, and/or transfer advisor at their intended transfer institution early in their enrollment to determine the most appropriate curriculum for their proposed program of study at transfer institution. 

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Art in General Studies

Career Opportunities

An associate degree in General Education can serve as the foundation for a wide variety of four-year degrees, opening the door to an unlimited number of careers.