M.E. Mericle, Ph.D.
Dean of Instruction
A.B. Ohio University
M.A. Political Science, S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook
Ph.D., Political Science
S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook
Counselor Division Liaison
Social Sciences Telephone: 559-442-8210
Division Office SO 123
Division Organization Chart
The Social Sciences provide an appreciation of the diversity and commonality of all human experience. The curriculum studies human behavior, both past and present, individual and collective, legal and illegal, distant and local. It seeks to foster greater social justice, personal freedom, and mutual understanding.
Courses in many subjects are offered. Among these are African-American Studies, American-Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian-American Studies, Chicano-Latino Studies, Child Development, Criminology, Economics, Education, Fashion Merchandising, Food and Nutrition, Cultural and Regional Geography, History, Home Economics, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. Most courses can be used to satisfy transfer and associate degree general education requirements.
Students may select a training program leading to a certificate of completion, a certificate of achievement or an associate in science degree. Certificate programs require occupational courses only and vary between 6 and 40 units of course work. The associate of science degree mandates a minimum of 60 units, consisting of the major, electives, and required courses in general education.
The Social Sciences Division offers career training in the following areas: archaeology, child development, criminology (including police and law enforcement, correctional science, and pre-academy training), education and instructional aide, food services (including dietary aide, dietetic service supervisor, food service management, and nutrition science), home economics and consumer education, and human services (including social work, alcoholism counseling, developmental disabilities specialist).