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Programs of Study

Social & Behavioral Sciences


Degree Type: AA

Semester Credit Hours: 60

First Semester - 14 SCH

ENGL 1301 - Composition I
HIST 1301 - United States History I
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
EDUC/PSYC 1100 - Learning Framework
GEOL 1403 - Physical Geology

Second Semester - 16 SCH

ENGL 1302 - Composition II
HIST 1302 - United States History II
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics
COSC 1301 - Introduction to Computing
GEOL 1404 - Historical Geology

Third Semester - 15 SCH

SPCH 1321 - Business & Professional Communication
GOVT 2305 - Federal Government
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I
ENGL 2331 - World Literature
HIST 2321 - World Civilizations I

Fourth Semester - 15 SCH

SPAN 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II
GOVT 2306 - Texas Government
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
HIST 2301 - Texas History
HIST 2322 - World Civilizations II

Marketable Skills

  • Active Listening - giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Computer Skills - ability to effectively use word processing software, information databases, and third-party apps.
  • Critical Thinking - ability to use historical thinking skills to identify the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, and to provide alternative viewpoints, approaches, conclusions, and solutions to problems encountered.
  • Inductive Reasoning - the ability to make evidence-driven judgments to synthesize multiple pieces of information, and able to form general rules, identify bias or subjectivity, establish causality, and make conclusions about complex topics, particularly as it relates to historical documents.
  • Communication - ability to communicate ideas effective through written, oral, and visual delivery modes.

Program Outcomes

  • Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
  • Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on U.S. and world history.

Career Opportunities

AA Minimum: Political Campaign Worker; Paralegel, Tour Guide, Research Assistant. BA Minimum: Public School Teacher; Research Analyst; Government Specialist; Lobbyist; Grant Writer; Print or Broadcast Journalist; Filmmaker; Public Administration; Records Manager;  Historic Preservation. MA Minimum: College Instructor; Foreign Service/Diplomatic Corps; Lawyer; Archivist; Museum Curator; Librarian.

Expected Salary

Texas wage data: workers on average earn $69,310; 10% of workers earn $45,880 or less; 10% of workers earn $113,310 or more. US wage data: workers on average earn $63,100; 10% of workers earn $29,540 or less; 10% of workers earn $116,340 or more.

High School Endorsements

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Transfer Path / Requirements

For Texas A&M Commerce

  • A student completing the Paris Junior College curriculum is considered Core complete at Texas A&M Commerce.
  • No more than 60-66 sch from PJC will be applied to a bachelor degree at TAMU-Commerce.  Another 60 or more must be completed at TAMU-Commerce.
  • For the History major, 12 advanced courses are required by TAMU-Commerce.
  • Students who are considering teaching in high schools or middle schools must follow guidelines set for teacher certification.