Social Sciences

The Social Sciences are ultimately concerned with human behavior in all of its complexity and with the various kinds of social relationships which influence individuals throughout their lives. Social Scientists are interested in discovering the ways in which people are affected by their associations with various human groups, both large and small, including the multiplicity of organizations and institutions that characterize modern society. Through the social sciences, the history of social institutions and the continuing process of social change are studied.

Iowa Central’s Social Science Department offers numerous courses from a wide range of social science fields including Psychology, Political Science, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Religion, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Contemporary Issues. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in general Social Sciences or in a specific social science field, can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years.

Social Science Careers

  • Anthropologist
  • Business Manger
  • Cartographer
  • College Instructor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Counselor
  • Demographer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Employment Counselor
  • Geographer
  • Government Worker
  • High School Teacher
  • Labor Relations Facilitator
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Metal Health Aide
  • Military Officer
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Political Scientist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Administrator
  • Sociologist
  • Social Survey Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Researcher Assistant
  • Urban Planner

Course Schedule

Iowa Central’s Social Science curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background in the methodologies, theories, and fundamental concepts of the social sciences. Students planning to major in specific fields such as Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services/Social Work, or Economics are encouraged to examine specific brochures published by Iowa Central. General Social Science majors are encouraged to select courses from a wide variety of social science disciplines. The following is a suggested plan of study for students interested in majoring in Social Science:

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
HIS-151 U.S. History to 1877
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
PSY-112 Psychology of Human Relations
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
HIS-152 U.S. History Since 1877
3.0
POL-121 International Relations
3.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
HIS-112 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
4.0
PSY-251 Social Psychology
3.0
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HIS-113 Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present
4.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 62.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu