Social Sciences

Social sciences are focused on the study of human interactions and society, emphasizing analysis, critical thinking, and qualitative and quantitative methods of research. Social scientists seek understanding of the complex ways humans relate to themselves and groups through beliefs, values, organizations, systems, and social institutions. The AS Social Sciences degree provides a framework for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in any number of social sciences. The AS Social Sciences degree allows students to take courses typically taught during the Freshman and Sophomore years at 4-year colleges or universities. Students may be interested in careers like Psychology, Law, Social Work, Human Services, Sociology, Communications, History, Economics, Political Science, or Government.

Associate of Science
2 Years (4 Full-Time Semesters)

Program Information and Curriculum


Transfer Statement

The associate of arts and sciences (AA&S) and associate of science (AS) degrees are designed to provide freshman and sophomore level course work toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. These programs require students to take essentially the same courses as required by their four-year college or university counterparts.

To help facilitate the transfer process, Laurel Ridge has created a Transfer webpage that provides detailed information such as tuition, GPA, application requirements, course equivalents, and other information that may be useful in the transfer process.

The Virginia Community College System also offers a Transfer Planning Tool through the Virginia Education Wizard.  

Laurel Ridge offers many services and programs to assist transfer students. Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience.

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