Social Sciences

Miami-Dade College offers more than 200 programs leading to the Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees, as well as numerous certificates.

The Social Science Department of the Kendall Campus offers Associate in Arts degrees in many disciplines. On this page, you will find a listing of our Programs. Use the links below to access other academic information:

Associate in Arts Degree

Program Description: The Associate in Arts degree is designed for students wishing to transfer to 4 year colleges and universities. The recommended “pathways to a major” parallel university coursework and prepare students to enter the junior year at four-year institutions upon completion of the A.A. degree.

Associate in Arts Degree Majors

Anthropology is the study of human beings, both in the past and the present. It has origins in the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. In the United States, contemporary anthropology is typically divided into four sub-fields:

Criminal Justice

As a field of study, Criminal Justice examines the institutions of government and systematic procedures that preserve social control and prevent crime and misconduct. Students will also learn in-depth about criminal penalties for law violations, such as incapacitation and rehabilitation. This pathway will prepare students who are interested in pursuing careers in the criminal justice field (law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and forensics).

The study of history assists students in understanding the political, social, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped the development of contemporary societies. History is an exciting major. It trains you to read critically, develop proficient writing skills, and think critically about the causes and consequences of past events and how they shape our understanding of current problems. A history major is useful as a preparation for law school and graduate professional programs. The skills acquired can be put to good use in museums, libraries, public service, and education.

International Relations
International Relations (IR) occasionally referred to as International Studies (IS) is the study of relationships between countries, including the roles of states, inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multi-national corporations (MNCs). It is both an academic and public policy field that seeks to analyze and formulate foreign policy, as well as consider decision-making actors, influences and processes. International relations is often considered a subfield of political science.

Apart from political science, IR draws upon such diverse fields as economics, history, international law, philosophy, geography, social work, sociology, anthropology, psychology, women's studies/gender studies, and cultural studies/culturology. It involves a diverse range of issues including, but not limited to, globalization, state sovereignty, ecological sustainability, nuclear proliferation, nationalism, economic development, global finance, terrorism, organized crime, human security, foreign interventionism and human rights.

Political Science
Political Science examines the relationship between people and government, government institutions, the United States and other countries. It includes politics of small towns and major metropolitan areas, the interactions among the three branches of government, electoral politics, political behavior, and interconnections among economic, political and social aspects of life. Students of political science will be able to:

Psychology is the study of human behavior and mental processes, which include thoughts, emotions, perception, and intelligence. Psychology is a diverse discipline with many applications in every day life. An Associate in Arts with a pathway to a degree in Psychology gives you a strong foundation that will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution.

Course topics generally include human development, emotional health, sleep, ethics, sexuality, emotional disorders, addiction, anger, trauma, postraumatic stress disorder, bullying, hate crimes, law, anxiety, workplace issues, aging, and a host of other interesting topics.

Sociology is the study of society. It is a Social Science that utilizes various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis. For many sociologists, the goal is to apply findings to the pursuit of social change, while others seek purely academic or intellectual knowledge. The subject matter ranges from the dissecting of daily interactions to the analysis of large-scale social structure and social systems.

Sociology is a very broad discipline. Its traditional focus includes social stratification, social class, social mobility, religion, secularization, law, deviance, medical sociology and social psychology. However, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to other subjects, such as health, military and penal institutions, the Internet, and even the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge.

Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577.