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Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Degree A8991

The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in the social sciences, generally, or in the specific disciplines within the overall social science designation. This degree emphasizes the nature of individual and collective human behavior; our interactions; the political economic, social, and psychological structures and institutions of human beings; and the challenges of developing and sustaining interpersonal and intercultural relationships. This degree will enhance their ability to explain how groups and subgroups operate to make responsible political, moral, and social decisions.
Select at least one course (three units minimum) from each category. Select additional 9 units from any course not already used in category 1, 2, or 3 for a total of 18 units. This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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    • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

      Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3032.00

      Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training, and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $44.22

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $129,641.81
      Annual Job Openings
      54

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

      Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3033.00

      Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.93

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $120,337.89
      Annual Job Openings
      1,038

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • School Psychologists

      School Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3034.00

      Diagnose and implement individual or schoolwide interventions or strategies to address educational, behavioral, or developmental issues that adversely impact educational functioning in a school. May address student learning and behavioral problems and counsel students or families. May design and implement performance plans, and evaluate performance. May consult with other school-based personnel.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $40.67

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $104,027.08
      Annual Job Openings
      858

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Neuropsychologists

      Neuropsychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3039.02

      Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to evaluate and diagnose disorders of higher cerebral functioning, often in research and medical settings. Study the human brain and the effect of physiological states on human cognition and behavior. May formulate and administer programs of treatment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.13

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $99,646.49
      Annual Job Openings
      1,276

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Clinical Neuropsychologists

      Clinical Neuropsychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3039.03

      Assess and diagnose patients with neurobehavioral problems related to acquired or developmental disorders of the nervous system, such as neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Recommend treatment after diagnosis, such as therapy, medication, or surgery. Assist with evaluation before and after neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.13

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $99,646.49
      Annual Job Openings
      1,276

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

      Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1011.00

      Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $21.49

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $56,748.47
      Annual Job Openings
      5,435

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

      Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1012.00

      Advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $27.79

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $71,982.92
      Annual Job Openings
      3,629

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Marriage and Family Therapists

      Marriage and Family Therapists

      SOC Career Code: 21-1013.00

      Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $21.53

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,501.28
      Annual Job Openings
      2,796

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Mental Health Counselors

      Mental Health Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1014.00

      Counsel and advise individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; or aging.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $21.49

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $56,748.47
      Annual Job Openings
      5,435

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Rehabilitation Counselors

      Rehabilitation Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1015.00

      Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, aging, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $16.12

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $37,802.38
      Annual Job Openings
      1,142

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Child, Family, and School Social Workers

      Child, Family, and School Social Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1021.00

      Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $23.04

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $62,599.86
      Annual Job Openings
      4,865

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Healthcare Social Workers

      Healthcare Social Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1022.00

      Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.55

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $80,711.97
      Annual Job Openings
      1,740

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

      Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1023.00

      Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $26.07

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $79,382.73
      Annual Job Openings
      1,737

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Psychiatrists

      Psychiatrists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1223.00

      Diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental disorders.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $81.76

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $312,333.84
      Annual Job Openings
      229

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Psychiatric Aides

      Psychiatric Aides

      SOC Career Code: 31-1133.00

      Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $17.11

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $47,190.80
      Annual Job Openings
      358

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Emphasis

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Degree A8991

    The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in the social sciences, generally, or in the specific disciplines within the overall social science designation. This degree emphasizes the nature of individual and collective human behavior; our interactions; the political economic, social, and psychological structures and institutions of human beings; and the challenges of developing and sustaining interpersonal and intercultural relationships. This degree will enhance their ability to explain how groups and subgroups operate to make responsible political, moral, and social decisions.
    Select at least one course (three units minimum) from each category. Select additional 9 units from any course not already used in category 1, 2, or 3 for a total of 18 units. This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    Select at least one course from each of the three categories9
    Category 1: Psychology, Sociology and Human Development:
    Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following3
    BIOL 5
    Contemporary Health Issues
    BIOL 13
    Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
    BIOL 15
    Human Sexuality
    or BIOL 15H
    Human Sexuality - Honors
    CHLD 1
    Child, Family, School and Community
    CHLD 10
    Child Growth and Lifespan Development
    or CHLD 10H
    Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
    CHLD 11
    Child and Adolescent Development
    PSYC 1A
    Introduction to Psychology
    or PSYC 1AH
    Introduction to Psychology - Honors
    PSYC 1B
    Biological Psychology
    PSYC 14
    Developmental Psychology
    or PSYC 14H
    Developmental Psychology - Honors
    PSYC 15
    Introduction to Child Psychology
    PSYC 19
    Abnormal Psychology
    PSYC 25
    The Psychology of Women
    PSYC 26
    Psychology of Sexuality
    SOC 1
    Introduction to Sociology
    or SOC 1H
    Introduction to Sociology - Honors
    SOC 2
    Contemporary Social Problems
    or SOC 2H
    Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
    SOC 4
    Introduction to Gerontology
    SOC 5
    Introduction to Criminology
    or SOC 5H
    Introduction to Criminology - Honors
    SOC 14
    Marriage and the Family
    or SOC 14H
    Marriage and the Family - Honors
    SOC 15
    Child Development
    SOC 20
    Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
    or SOC 20H
    Introduction to Race and Ethnicity - Honors
    SOC 40
    Introduction to Sex and Gender Roles
    or SOC 40H
    Introduction to Sex and Gender Roles - Honors
    Category 2: Anthropology, Geography and Biology as it relates to Society
    Choose a minimum of three units from the following:3
    ANTH 1
    Biological Anthropology
    or ANTH 1H
    Biological Anthropology - Honors
    ANTH 1L
    Biological Anthropology Laboratory
    ANTH 4
    Archaeology
    ANTH 5
    Cultural Anthropology
    or ANTH 5H
    Cultural Anthropology - Honors
    ANTH 6
    Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
    ANTH 30
    The Native American
    BIOL 6
    Humans and the Environment
    BIOL 6L
    Humans and the Environment Laboratory
    BIOL 17
    Neurobiology and Behavior
    BIOL 25
    Conservation Biology
    GEOG 1
    Physical Geography
    or GEOG 1H
    Physical Geography - Honors
    GEOG 1L
    Physical Geography Laboratory
    or GEOG 1LH
    Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
    GEOG 2
    Human Geography
    or GEOG 2H
    Human Geography - Honors
    GEOG 5
    World Regional Geography
    GEOG 8
    Urban Geography
    GEOG 30
    Geography of California
    PUBH 24
    Introduction to Public Health
    PUBH 26
    Introduction to Global Public Health
    PUBH 27
    Public Health and the Environment
    Category 3: Economics, History, and Political Science
    Choose a minimum of three units from the following:3
    AGAG 1
    Food Production, Land Use, and Politics - A Global Perspective
    BUSC 1A
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
    or BUSC 1AH
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
    BUSC 1B
    Principles of Economics - Microeconomics
    or BUSC 1BH
    Principles of Economics - Microeconomics - Honors
    BUSM 50
    World Culture: A Business Perspective
    HIST 1
    History of the United States
    HIST 3
    World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern
    or HIST 3H
    World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern - Honors
    HIST 4
    World History: Early Modern to the Present
    or HIST 4H
    World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors
    HIST 7
    History of the United States to 1877
    or HIST 7H
    History of the United States to 1877 - Honors
    HIST 8
    History of the United States from 1865
    or HIST 8H
    History of the United States from 1865 - Honors
    HIST 30
    History of the African American 1619-1877
    HIST 31
    History of the African American
    HIST 35
    History of Africa
    HIST 36
    Women in American History
    HIST 39
    California History
    HIST 40
    History of the Mexican American
    POLI 1
    Introduction to American Government and Politics
    or POLI 1H
    Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
    POLI 2
    Comparative Politics
    POLI 9
    International Relations
    POLI 10
    Environmental Politics
    POLI 25
    Latino Politics in the United States
    POLI 35
    African American/Black Politics
    Recommended Electives
    LIBR 1
    Library Research Methods and Resources
    MATH 110
    Elementary Statistics
    or MATH 110H
    Elementary Statistics - Honors
    PSYC 3
    Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
    PSYC 10
    Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    SOC 23
    Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and Social Sciences
    SPCH 7
    Intercultural Communication
    SPCH 26
    Interpersonal Communication
    or SPCH 26H
    Interpersonal Communication - Honors
    Total Units18

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