Social Sciences Programs of Study

Programs of Study

Child Development 

The Child Development Program is designed for those who have a desire to work with children infancy through adolescence. The program will give students the knowledge they need to understand and teach young children at a day care center or equip them with the foundation needed to continue their education at a four-year university. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree that requires 66 hours of courses while a short-term certificate is available and requires 27 hours. Program courses are offered on the Ayers and Wallace Drive campuses. 


Geography is one of several natural science courses that can be taken as a requirement for an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degrees. Courses offered include World Regional Geography, Principles of Physical Geography and Principles of Geography II.


Gadsden State students can earn a degree in General Studies with the option of focusing in History. History, Social or Behavioral Science courses are required for associate degrees. Available History courses include Western Civilization, World History, U.S. History, History of World Religions, African-American History and Alabama History.

Home Economics

Home Economics courses can be taken as pre-professional or pre-major elective for those who are working toward an associate degree or plan to transfer to a four-year university. Courses in Home Economics includes Principles of Nutrition and Management in Family Living.

Human Services

An Associate in Applied Science in Human Services is available for those seeking employment or to further their education to become a social worker, substance abuse counselor, case manager, community outreach worker, probation officer and more. The AAS requires 71 hours of coursework.


Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Two courses are offered – Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics and Society – and can be applied to requirements for an Associate in Science in Philosophy.

Political Science

Political Science courses are available to students interested in the systems of government as well as the analysis of political activity and behavior. There are four Political Science courses available for students pursuing an associate degree or transferring to a four-year university. Courses include American National Government, State and Local Government, Comparative Government and Survey of International Relations.


Students can focus on Psychology while earning an Associate in Science in General Studies. Psychology courses are also available as electives to students pursuing other associate degrees. Available courses include General Psychology, Human Growth and Development and Abnormal Psychology.


Students can earn an associate degree in General Studies with a focus on Religion. Courses offered are History of World Religions, Survey of the Old Testament and Survey of the New Testament.


Sociology is the study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction and culture of everyday life. Students can earn an Associate in Science degree with a focus in Sociology. There are several courses to choose from, including Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Problems, Criminal and Deviant Behavior and Marriage and the Family.

Russell Williams, Division Chair & Instructor

Russell Williams, division chair and instructor