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Social Science

The Social Science Division provides dynamic educational opportunities to a diverse population, emphasizing knowledge, skills and personal enrichment and empowering students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Associate of Arts Degrees offered in the Social Science Department:


Arizona Western College offers an Associate in Arts degree in FamilyStudies as well as a credential certificate in Family Development.
For more information on the Family Studies program please contact Aryca Arizaga-Marron, Professor of Family Studies, at (928) 317-6421.


The history major is offered for those students who would like to continue, at the university level, to pursue history as a teaching or research career or as an adjunct discipline to other majors.

For further information about course offerings in History, please see the Course Catalog or contact Monica Ketchum, Professor of History, at (928) 344-7646.


The study of Philosophy has as its primary aim, the seeking of wisdom and understanding with regard to some of the most profound topics that have ever been contemplatedby mankind. This program constitutes an excellent liberal arts foundation for students planning to pursue university studies in philosophy, law, education, communications, and art, amongothers.

For further information about course offerings in Philosophy, please see the Course Catalog or contact ​David Burris, Professor of Philosophy, at (928) 344-7714.

Political Science

Political science is the study of governments, politics, and social ideologies. This program is not only for students who wish to become political scientists, but is also an excellent preparation for pre-law.

For further information about course offerings in Political Science, please see the Course Catalog or contact Adam Ekins, Professor of Political Science, at (928) 344-7736.


This combined major in the behavioral sciences allows students continuing at the university to major in either field. Also, students considering a career in social work or other human services can use this program as a solid preparation for those careers.

For further information about course offerings in Psychology or Sociology, please see the Course Catalog or contact Joseph Vielbig, Professor of Sociology, at (928) 344-7585.

Other Social Science disciplines in which courses are offered:

Anthropology, Geography, Nutrition, Orientation and Religious Studies.

For further information about course offerings in these three disciplines, please see the Course Catalog or contact Aryca Marron, Division Advisor, at (928) 317-6421.

Division Office

Patricia A. Powers
Division Chair for Social Sciences
Professor of Education

Angelica Gonzalez
Administrative Secretary of Business & Computer Information Systems, Social Science, and Wellness & Physical Education
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(928) 344-7689

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