SFCC

Social Science Department

Mission Statement

The Social Science Department supports the college mission by offering liberal arts/college transfer courses. The following list of department goals explains how the department sees its role in the institution’s educational program:

  • To provide freshman and sophomore level transfer courses in the social sciences to students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and expectations
  • To foster in students the ability to critically read college level interpretations of historical and contemporary societies in the western and non-western world.
  • To give students knowledge of the nature of social science methodology and an appreciation of its strengths and limitations as an instrument of analysis.
  • To assist students to develop subtle judgments about inherently complex issues and to present that understanding in effective writing.
  • To help students understand themselves and others better so they can problem solve successfully and be more fulfilled.
  • To serve as a resource to others.

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You can find anthropologists in the most unusual places. They might be in some exotic place studying cultures or excavating archeological sites. Or they might be helping to relocate tribes from the disappearing Amazon rain forests. On the other hand, you might find one in New York City advising a grocery store on how to organize its goods for maximum customer appeal.

Such is the variety of this field. Anthropology is the study of humans--those who lived in past cultures as well as those alive today. Anthropologists typically share an active curiosity, an interest in travel and the discipline to pursue their specialty.

Most jobs in this field are in teaching or museum work, but more and more anthropologists are being hired as consultants to businesses whose bottom line depends upon understanding human behavior.

The SFCC anthropology program offers classes in introductory anthropology, cultural anthropology, stone age survival and the cultures of North America's native peoples.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Geography is making a comeback. As our opportunities for travel increase and as communications around the world improve, we are becoming more aware of other nations and other cultures. We are learning more about geography, the study of our relationship to the earth.

Geographers have a great sensitivity and appreciation for our world-not just as a source of life but as a living entity in and of itself.

Students in geography at SFCC study the earth's cultural and physical attributes; its economic geography; and its hurricanes, glaciers, climate, food chains, volcanism, species extinction and pollution.

Field trips are common. They have included trips to Mt. St. Helens, mining areas, bird sanctuaries and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Jobs in geography range from teaching and urban planning to environmental protection and hydrology to forestry and game management.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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If you want to discuss the modern world knowledgeably, you must first consult history. History tells us things we can't learn any other way. It allows us to compare ourselves with people who lived before us and with people from other cultures.

Having a sense of history gives us a better context for making decisions, it lends perspective on change and the continuity of things, it adds richness when we see we aren't the only ones to experience something ... or when we are.

The SFCC history department offers classes in Western civilization, Asian civilization, American history, Latin American History and Pacific Northwest history.

Those who pursue this field find job opportunities in historical research, museum work and teaching. Some write historical novels or history textbooks. Others document their travels for travelogues.

Yet history has application to many fields. Journalists, for example, benefit from the deeper understanding of the world provided by history. Business people who deal internationally find an understanding of history and other cultures is essential-and greatly appreciated by their international clients.

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Political science, it has been said, is the study of the use and the abuse of power. It deals with political institutions, and the principles and conduct of government.

Pre-law students have traditionally studied political science in preparation for their legal studies, and while this still holds true today, the field has become a background for many careers. Those who are interested in the social services, public administration, the state department or any public service agency can all benefit from an understanding of government and its function.

Political science is also an excellent stepping stone for those interested in political careers -- either their own or someone else's.

Some in this field choose to teach, and others join public relations firms to research public voting tends. Still others combine political science with languages and business for international business careers.

What is psychology?

It's the science of the mind... but that's a simple definition for a broad and fascinating field!

Psychology examines such things as personality, intelligence, motivation, mental disorders, memory, dreaming, hypnosis and biofeedback. It studies everyday experiences and how they apply to family, school, work and recreation.

Psychology is a "helping" profession. Many people are drawn to this field because they like working with others and helping them overcome problems. A large part of psychology, after all, is making the world a comfortable place in which to live and work.

What can I do in the field of psychology?

Because psychology is the study of human knowledge and behavior, it's not surprising to find that it has applications in many areas -- from art and religion to the military.

Consider these few examples: Psychologists work for NASA in the development of space shuttles and space stations. They also treat patients with eating disorders, do marketing and promotion for corporations, counsel burn victims, direct community mental health centers, work as legislative aides, and train police officers to intervene effectively in family crises.

People trained in psychology can be found in businesses, hospitals, courtrooms, zoos, professional sports, government agencies, private laboratories and other settings. They teach high school and college students; they do research for universities, governments and businesses.

Some psychologists have independent practices where they counsel individuals, couples and families. Some combine jobs such as teaching and private counseling.

Which degrees do I need?

It depends on what you want to do. An understanding of psychology is valuable in any field. Some students take a few psychology courses for the personal enrichment they offer their lives, and never pursue a degree. Others use a bachelor's degree in psychology as a foundation for such fields as sales, personnel, teaching, training, management, public relations, childcare, law, social work or business. Psychology is one of many routes into these various fields.

However, students who are serious about the field of psychology will find that advanced degrees -- such as a master's degree or a doctorate in psychology -- are essential. Those with doctorates, for example, can do anything in the field, including directing research and counseling.

How much will I earn?

As in many fields, your earning potential in psychology depends on your education, your specialty, and your experience. Salary potential in this field increases after you have a master's or a doctorate. With a master's degree, salaries average from $26,000 annually for teaching, to approximately $46,000 for research administration. Doctoral salaries are higher, averaging from $30,000 to $52,000 annually. However, earnings of business and industrial consulting psychologists are often considerably higher.

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Sociology is one of the most popular courses across the nation's campuses. That's no real surprise. Sociologists have chosen to study a most intriguing and complex subject--the human being. Sociology aspires to be an unbiased look at what humans hope, dream and value.

Students in this field study the family, religions, education, economics and government. They examine deviant behavior; race and ethnic relations; gender and age differences; socialization; social stratification; and the mentality of crowds.

Sociology can be the foundation for such varied fields as teaching and law, social work and business. Demography, which is the study of the composition and change of a population, is another field for the sociologist.

SFCC's sociology classes include an introductory course focusing on institutions, cultures and society; a class in the sociology of marriage, the family and human sexual interaction; the sociology of race and ethnic relations; the sociology of crime and justice, and periodically a class in the sociology of religions.

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