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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
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
PSYC 1100 - Learning Framework
BIOL 1408 - Biology for Non-Science Majors I

Second Semester - 16 SCH

ENGL 1302 - Composition II
HIST 1302 - United States History II
MATH 1342 - Elementary Statistical Methods
COSC 1301 - Introduction to Computing
BIOL 1409 - Biology for Non-Science Majors II

Third Semester - 15 SCH

ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
GOVT 2305 - Federal Government
SOCI 1306 - Social Problems
SPAN 2311 - Intermediate Spanish I
SPCH 1321 - Business and Professional Communication

Fourth Semester - 15 SCH

COMM 1307 - Introduction to Mass Communication
GOVT 2306 - Texas Government
SPAN 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II
ENGL 2331 - World Literature
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology

Marketable Skills

Critical Thinking Skills: Creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information, using technology as appropriate.
Communication Skills: Effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Teamwork: Ability to be flexible and to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others, taking the initiative when appropriate, to support a shared purpose or goal.
Social Responsibility: Intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Personal Responsibility: A strong work ethic and the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply sociological principles and theoretical perspectives to major social problems in contemporary society.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret human society, social institutions, and individuals and how they affect one another.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply principles and theories in written and oral communication which could include but are not limited to social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance.

High School Endorsements

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Transfer Path / Requirements

For Texas A&M Commerce

  • A student completing the Paris Junior College core 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 Sociology major, 9 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.

Career Opportunities

Quality mental health technician; Research analyst; Family intervention specialist; Gerontologist; Director of research; Urban planner; Policy analysts; Community developer; Consultant; Criminologist; Human resource managers; Social worker; Management analyst; Community relations; Market research analyst; Law enforcement; Administrative service manager; Teacher; Community service manager; Victim advocate.