Five Disciplines of Social Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Social Sciences Department affirms these long-standing mission/function statements:
- To provide the most effective instruction possible in the courses by the five disciplines that comprise the Social Sciences Department. See their pages for function statements.
- To provide university parallel transfer courses for both the major and non-major, designed to enable students to enter the four-year colleges and universities as upper division students.
- To provide general education survey courses to meet the general education graduation requirement for the AA/AS degree. (Our courses are included in the areas of Analytical Thinking, Social Sciences, Humanities, United States History and Government, and Ethnic/Gender/Gay-Lesbian Studies).
- To provide general education courses designed to meet the breadth requirements for graduating from the University of California system and/or the California State University system.
- To provide academic instruction that will encourage the development of critical thinking.
- To develop new courses in an effort to provide relevant, current, and updated instruction.
- To provide counseling, advice, and guidance to help students adopt and achieve realistic educational objectives (with a special emphasis on providing students with discipline-related information on majors, transfer institutions, job/career possibilities, etc).
- To provide students with appropriate services/curriculum to help them explore and further their educational, vocational, and personal goals.
- To provide direction and general skills pursuing careers in fields related to the Social Sciences Department's varied disciplines.
- To provide and support appropriate staff development activities to enable faculty to keep current in their disciplines.
- To utilize both traditional and imaginative teaching techniques in imparting knowledge to a diverse student population.
- To serve as a source of information to the community on historical matters, economic issues, current events and or areas of local,state, national, and international governmental/political concern.
- To maintain the cost-effectiveness of the Social Sciences program.
- To continue and to foster the Social Sciences Department's long-standing dedication to excellence in teaching and excellence inscholarship.