Social and Behavioral Sciences


These courses emphasize the perspective, concepts, theories and methodologies typically found in the vast variety of disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society.  Topics of discussion will stimulate critical thinking about ways people have acted in response to their societies and will allow students to evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate. Courses from Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Business, Child Development, Community Social Services, Communication and English, Economics, Education, Environmental Management and Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Health Education, History, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology are acceptable. The AA degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences will prepare students for majors at four-year institutions in the social sciences such as anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, or ethnic or cultural studies, among others. The AA degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Degree course requirements and the General Education requirements. Since the following degree courses appear on the General Education Course List, they may be used to meet both the degree and the General Education requirements, provided that the total is 37 or more units.  A course may be used one time for the degree and one time only for the General Education requirements, even though the course may be listed in several category areas. The Social and Behavioral Sciences AA Degree is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an “Area of Emphasis,” in this case, the Social and Behavioral Sciences. This area of emphasis would be an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University or University of California as the student can satisfy their general education requirements, plus focus on transferable course work that relates to majors at CSU or UC. Please consult with a counselor for specific information regarding your intended major at the specific colleges/university of your choice.

  • Choose either option CSUGE or IGETC for the General Education pattern related to your educational goal.
  • Complete requirements in Computer Literacy and Ethnic Studies (see catalog for details)
  • Complete 18 units in the “Area of Emphasis” outlined below. (NOTE: Courses in the “area of emphasis” may also be counted toward a GE area; those with an (*) are listed in more than one area but may not be counted in more than one area.)
  • All courses listed below transfer to CSU.
  • Many courses are also transferable to UC. Refer to for transfer details or see a counselor for additional details.
General Education CSUGE/IGETC: (Minimum units necessary to meet CSUGE/IGETC Certification requirements) 37-39
Area of Emphasis: 18
• 18 units required from the Area of Emphasis: Social and Behavioral Sciences. *
• Courses selected can be used to also fulfill GE areas.
• All courses below transfer to CSU. Many courses are also transferable to UC.
*Also see the separate AA degrees offered in Humanities, and Natural Sciences at Merritt College.
Electives and Other Requirements (Computer Literacy, Ethnic Studies):  0-5
(NOTE: Electives and other requirements may be necessary to total 60 overall units required for the Associate Degree.)  
Total Required Units: 60

Degree Requirements:

Dept/No.   Units
Group 1: Select at least two courses for a minimum of 6 units from the following:
AFRAM: 2*5*8*10*12*13*14A*14B*16*,191*25*27*30*31*32*33*386*45*  
ANTHR: 2345*7*8*131618304  
ASAME: 191*30*32*45A*45B*  
COMM: 13*  
ENGL: 38*  
ENVST: 76A-D3,4*78A3,4*78B3,4*  
ENVMT: 126*  
M/LAT: 61*12*195*23*  
NATAM: 191*76A-D3,4*78A3,4*78B3,4* 6


Dept/No.   Units
Group 2: Select at least two courses for a minimum of 6 units from the following:
CHDEV: 50515356A57A  
COSER: 102429*  
COUN: 30  
ENVMT: 192  
HIST: 2A2B7A7B1519*  
HUSV: 53  
POSCI: 12345*16  
PSYCH: 1A1B3610121922433  
SOC: 1235* 6


Dept/No.   Units
Group 3: Select at least two courses for a minimum of 6 units from the following:
ADJUS: 21222563  
BUS: 552  
COMM: 6*10*181922  
ECON: 12  
EDUC: 1  
ENVMT: 21315  
GEOG: 2  
HLTED: 1 6
  Total Required Units: 18

  1Afram 19 is the same as Asame 19, M/Lat 6, and Natam 19; maximum credit: one course. 2Envmt 19 is the same as Psych 19; maximum credit: one course. 3Envst 76A-D, 78A and 78B are the same as Natam 76A-D, 78A and 78B, respectively; maximum credit: one course. 4Each course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units to satisfy Area 2 requirements. 5M/Lat 19 is the same as Hist 17; maximum credit: one course. 6Afram 38 is the same as Envmt 12; maximum credit: one course