Social Science

Start your social science degree at SMC!


The AA in Social Science can be used as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in a humanities or social science field at almost any school in the country.

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The humanities and social sciences are broad fields encompassing the studies of human culture, society and behavior in everything from law to psychology.

The Associate in Arts in Social Science is a transfer degree that can get you started on almost any field of study within the humanities and social sciences. This degree allows you to get all your general education courses out of the way—at much less cost to you—before transferring to another school to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Coursework in history, sociology, philosophy, art and psychology provides students with a well-developed world-view that serves as a foundation for advanced study in social science fields.

The AA in Social Science is a flexible degree so students can adapt the classes they take to their interests. Students may elect to take courses in human development, popular culture, literature, language theory, film, human geography, world religion, ethics, logic, government, psychology and sociology.

  • Anthropology
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Counseling & Student Services
  • Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement,
    Criminology, Protective Services)
  • History
  • Law (Legal Studies)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science & Government
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Individual Course Plans

If you know which school you want to transfer to, SMC advisors will look at that school’s requirements and show you which classes to take to transfer to that school.

If you don’t know which school you want to transfer to, you can figure that out while you’re here. Career Planning Center advisors will help you discover the ‘perfect fit’ school for you. Learn more about transferring at the Career Planning Center.

Almost every bachelor’s program requires you to take general education and pre-requisite courses for the first two years. You can save a ton of money by taking those courses at SMC.

Average tuition and fees at top Michigan universities*


Tuition and fees at SMC*


*Tuition and fees averaged from 2015-16 published costs at University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.






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