Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

General Studies (Social Sciences), AA

Location(s): Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney

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AA.4501 (60 Credits)

The 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 five (5) areas of study: anthropology, economics, 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.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • 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.

Program Requirements

AA General Education Core: 31 Credits

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  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 6 (from two different alphas)
  • Math Credits: 3
  • Lab Sciences Credits: 4
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Sciences Credits: 6 (from two different alphas)

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by program requirements. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Required Social Science Core: 18 Credits

(selected from below)

Select a total of six (6) courses or 18 credit credits from any four (4) of the following six (6) social science areas. The choice of social science courses and disciplines is at the student’s discretion, in consultation with her or his academic advisor.

Recommended Elective Courses: 11 Credits

(selected from below)

Total AA Requirements: 60-61 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

1st Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

2nd Semester

  • Courses from core area of study Credits: 6
  • Humanities GE elective Credits: 3
  • Oral Communication GE elective Credits: 3
  • Social Sciences GE elective Credits: 3

Total Semester Credits: 15

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

4th Semester

  • Course from core area of study Credits: 3
  • Humanities GE elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science GE elective Credits: 3
  • Electives (2) Credits: 6

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total AA Credits: 60

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