The Social Sciences offer you unique opportunities in a number of fields. Economics, Ethnic Studies, History, and Anthropology are just some of the classes and/or degree programs you can explore or select as a potential career path at San Jose City College and beyond.


Administration of Justice

In the Administration of Justice program you can learn about the functions and relationships of the police, prosecution, courts, probation and correctional systems of the United States.

Alcohol and Drug Studies

As a student in the Alcohol and Drug Studies program you will prepare to work with the alcohol and other drug dependent population, and the family and employer of the chemically dependent person. 


In Anthropology courses you study the comparative and holistic exploration of the human condition. Students gain exposure to the concepts and methods best suited to the examination of the astonishing range of human experiences across space and time.

Early Childhood, Child Development

Early childhood educators work with children ages birth to eight in a variety of different types of programs. The field of early childhood education or E.C.E. includes teachers and childcare providers, family support workers, home visitors, parent educators and more.


Economics explains how people interact within markets to get what they want or accomplish certain goals. Since economics is a driving force of human interaction, studying it often reveals why people and governments behave in particular ways.

Ethnic Studies

As an Ethnic studies student you can take interdisciplinary courses that will prepare you to think critically about and be an active member of our diverse society. The Ethnic Studies department at SJCC features courses in African American studies, Chicano/Mexican American studies & Vietnamese American studies.

Family and Consumer Studies

Based on ecological principles, as a family and consumer sciences student you will study how the relationships between individuals, families, communities, and environments influence or effect individual development in a variety of ways.


In Geography courses, you will study human use and interaction with the Earth and the identification of spatial and temporal variation in natural and human processes.

Global Studies

As a student in Global Studies, you will compare regions across the globe to shed light on world issues. Global Studies includes many different fields, including political science, economics, and cultural studies.


Why study history? Simply put, you study history in order to fully understand the complexities of this modern globalized world.

Political Science

The world of contemporary politics demands much of both its participants and its critics. The study of political science gives you an understanding of the workings of American and international politics.


In the Psychology program you will be able to examine the various subfields in psychology, gain knowledge of and appreciation for scientific inquiry, and develop insight into yourself and increase knowledge of and sensitivity to others. You will learn the basic body of knowledge, thus preparing them for further study in psychology.


Sociology is a broad discipline through which you can scientifically study human group behavior and the consequences of human social patterns. The sociological perspective in conjunction with the perspectives offered through anthropology, criminal justice, geography, and political science rounds out the interdisciplinary approach taken for various majors.

Social Sciences Division


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Monday through Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Humanities & Social Sciences Division Dean

Cristina Wallace

Senior Division Administrative Assistant

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