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Social & Behavioral Sciences, Associate in Applied Science

The program is designed for students to receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Social and Behavioral Sciences. This degree program is a two-year course of study designed intentionally to meet all of the general education requirements, in addition to exposing students to the field of social and behavioral sciences.

Students can choose from a variety of courses addressing human relationships, social problems, community services, the criminal justice system, and the helping professions. The degree program is centered and infused with culturally relevant material. It is the intention of this program of study to provide students an exposure to the Ojibwe language and allow them the opportunity to understand Anishinaabe values and how these values can provide a foundation for lifelong learning and community involvement. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.

  • Use evidence to analyze logical connections and implicit assumptions in order to make decisions and effectively problem-solve.

  • Demonstrate understanding of natural science principles, methods and scientific inquiry and traditional Indigenous American knowledge perspectives.

  • Apply problem-solving and/or modeling strategies to their surrounding environment.

  • Examine Indigenous and Western social institutions in order to investigate the human condition.

  • Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal speaking skills reflecting history, culture, and social issues in the lives of Indigenous people.

  • Understand the development of changing meanings of various group identities in the United States’ history and culture.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious, and linguistic differences.

  • Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.

  • Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.

  • Communicate via various mediums of technology (e.g. video, audio, power points, word processing).

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the professions in the social and behavioral sciences

  • Demonstrate improved listening skills, writing skills, case management skills and counseling skills. 

  • Articulate local, regional, state, national, and global social problems and advocate for changes that will improve the lives of others.

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