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Associate of Science Degree in Social Sciences

Associate of Science
Virginia Western Community College

The Social Science degree prepares students to transfer to a four year school and earn a degree in any of these fields: anthropology, economics, history, pre-law, political science, psychology, social sciences or sociology. 


Program Credit Requirements
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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Web Page
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Delivery Mode
In-Person
Delivery Mode
Online
Delivery Mode
Hybrid
Transfer Degree
Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to help individuals recover from substance abuse and/or mental illness? Would you like to help people find hope and direction in times of crisis? Do you want to help children and families improve their relationships? Do you want to help link people with much needed resources? Do you want to learn to use your own experience to help others on their path? Do you want to help others but are not sure how?
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

This program can be completed online. Students who intend to transfer should verify specific program requirements with their four-year institution.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Virginia Western Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses? This curriculum is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree in fields such as anthropology, economics, history, pre-law, political science, psychology, social sciences or sociology. This program can be completed online. Students who intend to transfer should verify specific program requirements with their four-year institution. A Specialization in Education is also offered for students who want to prepare to teach at the elementary or secondary school level.
Do More With Your Degree Students that graduate from Virginia Western with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth's colleges and universities. Please see this list for copies of the current agreements. In addition, Virginia Western has entered into the following agreement specific to the Social Sciences program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.
Program Successes & Highlights https://www.virginiawestern.edu/ie/research/student-goals/
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion To discuss how your previous degree can be incorporated into your new long term goals, please meet with an advisor.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning Yes
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Virginia Western Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
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Transfer Admission Application
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Transfer Student Aid
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Number of Transfer Students
519
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? Virginia Western Community College's service region includes the cities of Roanoke and Salem, along with Roanoke County, Craig County, Franklin County, and southern Botetourt County. Virginia Western was the first college established in the VCCS, in 1966, and has grown from an initial enrollment of 1,352 to its current annual enrollment of more than 9,000 students in credit courses and more than 1,400 enrollments in fast-track career training and continuing education courses.
Transfer Student Catalog Year A student's catalog year is determined by their first semester of attendance in the major.
First Year Student Catalog Year A student's catalog year is determined by their first semester of attendance in the major.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.virginiawestern.edu/transfer/transfer-agreements/
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social SciencesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - Social SciencesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeLiberal Arts, A.A.AssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeGeneral Studies, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Arts and SciencesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal Arts - American Sign Language/Deaf Studies SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Arts Degree in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Arts in Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Arts - Liberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts & Science2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeGeneral Studies AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeLiberal ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeLiberal Arts Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeGeneral Studies Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences: Political Science Specialization, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in History, Major in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Richard Bland CollegeAssociate of ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Psychology/Social WorkAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in Social Science, Major in GovernmentBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Roanoke CollegeBachelor of Arts in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences: Geospatial Specialization, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityGeography-BABachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityGeography-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in GeographyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in GeographyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBA in GeographyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBA in Anthropological SciencesBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in Anthropological SciencesBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in AnthropologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in AnthropologyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBA in AnthropologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityAnthropology, Bachelor of ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
William & MaryAnthropology - Bachelor of ArtsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences: Teacher Education Specialization, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeSocial Sciences: Deaf Studies Specialization, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social Sciences - Pre-Social Work SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social Sciences - Teacher Preparation SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Richard Bland CollegeAssociate of ArtsAssociateAssociate of Arts2-Year
Radford UniversityBA in Social ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in Social ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Arts History and Social SciencesBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Social Science/EducationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Science/EducationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Science/Math EducationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Hollins UniversityBA in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Arts in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBA in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Randolph CollegeBachelor of Arts in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityHistory-BABachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityHistory: Teacher Prep-BABachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Arts HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBA in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityHistory, Bachelor of ArtsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
William & MaryHistory - Bachelor of ArtsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Marymount University History (BA)BachelorBachelor of Art4-Year
Marymount University History/Social Science with Secondary Teaching Licensure (BA)BachelorBachelor of Art4-Year
Roanoke CollegeBachelor of Arts in HistoryBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Roanoke CollegeBachelor of Arts in Social Studies EducationBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Hollins UniversityBA in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Arts in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBA in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Randolph CollegeBachelor of Arts in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversitySociology-BABachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversitySociology-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Arts SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Science, Major in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBA in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Social Science, Major in SociologyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversitySociology, Bachelor of ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
William & MarySociology - Bachelor of ArtsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Marymount University Sociology (BA)BachelorBachelor of Art4-Year
Hollins UniversityBA in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Arts in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBA in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Radford UniversityBS in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Randolph CollegeBachelor of Arts in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityPolitical Science-BABachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityPolitical Science-BSBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Arts Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
James Madison UniversityBachelor of Arts, Major in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBA in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Civil RightsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Comparative PoliticsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Human SecurityBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in International RelationsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Political Theory and MethodologyBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Politics and GovernmentBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Public Policy and AdministrationBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityPolitical Science, Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in U.S. GovernmentBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
William & MaryGovernment - Bachelor of ArtsBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Marymount University Politics (BA)BachelorBachelor of Art4-Year
Roanoke CollegeBachelor of Arts in Political ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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11-9199.02Compliance ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.Management Occupations
11-9199.08Loss Prevention ManagersPlan and direct policies, procedures, or systems to prevent the loss of assets. Determine risk exposure or potential liability, and develop risk control measures.Management Occupations
11-9199.00Managers, All OtherAll managers not listed separately.Management Occupations
11-9199.01Regulatory Affairs ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate production activities of an organization to ensure compliance with regulations and standard operating procedures.Management Occupations
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11-9199.09Wind Energy Operations ManagersManage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.Management Occupations
25-2031.00Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical EducationTeach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3093.00HistoriansResearch, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1125.00History Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-4061.00Social Science Research AssistantsAssist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3091.00Anthropologists and ArcheologistsStudy the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1061.00Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in anthropology or archeology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-1065.00Political Science Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3094.00Political ScientistsStudy the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decisionmaking, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3041.00SociologistsStudy human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1067.00Sociology Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3092.00GeographersStudy the nature and use of areas of the Earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1064.00Geography Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in geography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
17-3031.00Surveying and Mapping TechniciansPerform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist, to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.Architecture and Engineering Occupations
39-7011.00Tour Guides and EscortsEscort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.Personal Care and Service Occupations
25-1069.00Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All OtherAll postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3099.00Social Scientists and Related Workers, All OtherAll social scientists and related workers not listed separately.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3099.01Transportation PlannersPrepare studies for proposed transportation projects. Gather, compile, and analyze data. Study the use and operation of transportation systems. Develop transportation models or simulations.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1063.00Economics Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3011.00EconomistsConduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3011.01Environmental EconomistsConduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
13-1161.00Market Research Analysts and Marketing SpecialistsResearch conditions in local, regional, national, or online markets. Gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or plan a marketing or advertising campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. May employ search marketing tactics, analyze web metrics, and develop recommendations to increase search engine ranking and visibility to target markets.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1161.01Search Marketing StrategistsEmploy search marketing tactics to increase visibility and engagement with content, products, or services in Internet-enabled devices or interfaces. Examine search query behaviors on general or specialty search engines or other Internet-based content. Analyze research, data, or technology to understand user intent and measure outcomes for ongoing optimization.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
19-3022.00Survey ResearchersPlan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations