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.

Academic Programs Offered

Associate in Arts (AA) Degree in Family Studies – prepares students for transfer to a university and strives to integrate relationships between individuals, families, and communities as well as the environments in which they function.

Family Development Credential – prepares students to obtain an entry-level position within the field, and develops skills that promote family strengths. Students will be prepared to apply for a nationally-recognized Family Development Credential upon successful completion of the certificate.

Associate in Arts (AA) Degree in History – prepares students for transfer to a university to pursue history as a teaching or research career or as an adjunct discipline to other majors.

Associate in Arts (AA) Degree in Philosophy – prepares students for transfer to a university by providing a basic knowledge and analytical skill in philosophy. The study of philosophy aims to cultivate wisdom and understanding regarding the most basic and foundational elements of human experience, pursued through the application of rational argument and critical thinking. This degree provides a strong foundation for students planning to pursue university studies in philosophy, law, education, communications, science, and art, among others.

Associate of Arts Degree in Political Science – prepares students for transfer to a university and provides a basic knowledge of governments, politics, and social ideologies. This degree is not only intended for students wishing to become political scientists, but is also excellent preparation for pre-law.

Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology/Sociology – prepares students for transfer to a university and provides a basic knowledge of psychology and sociology. This combines major allows students to pursue university studies in either field or prepare for a career in social work or other human services.

Courses are also offered in the subjects of: Anthropology (ANT), Geography (GPH), Nutrition (NTR), Orientation (ORI), and Religious Studies (REL).

Social Sciences Division Staff

Monica Ketchum
Division Chair, Social Sciences
928.344.7646
Angelica Gonzalez
Administrative Secretary
928.344.7689
Office: BA 222

Social Sciences Division Faculty

Aryca Arizaga-Marron
Professor of Family Studies
928.317.6421
Monica Ketchum
Professor of History
928.344.7646
David Burris
Professor of Philosophy
928.344.7714
Joseph Vielbig
Professor of Sociology
928.317.6341
Brooke Ayars
Professor of Sociology
928.344.7585
Melissa Behunin
Professor of Family Studies & Psychology
928.344.7556
Kenneth Dale
Professor of History
928.317.7600
Adam Ekins
Professor of Political Science
928.344.7736