Earn an Associate of Science Degree in Social Sciences with Concentrations in Economics, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology

An associate degree in Social Science provides students career-focused skills and knowledge through hands-on training, transferable to chosen career fields or specific baccalaureate programs.

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Enroll in an Associate Degree in Social Science Designed For You!

Blue Ridge CTC’s Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences is designed to meet the career goals of every prospective learner. The tailored coursework and credit-bearing electives allow students to transition to career-specific programs.

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Build a solid foundation for a promising career with our Social Science program.

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You are not alone, as almost a third of students transfer schools! Check our transfer evaluation tool to save money and time while transferring to our Associate of Science in Social Sciences program.


A Concentration

Prepare to transfer by selecting a concentration in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

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Of Transfer Agreements

Take advantage of established transfer agreements to continue your education at a four-year college or university.


Your Knowledge

Skills mastered through this program assist students in future studies, in the workplace, and in successful careers.

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of BRCTC Alumni

Continue their education after earning a certificate or Associate degree

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Social Science?

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Social Science supports students who plan to seek a four-year degree in social sciences. By earning this associate degree, students learn to:

    • Enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Strengthen awareness of social context to be applied to practical work experiences.
    • Demonstrate effective expression of ideas in writing. 
    • Analyze and evaluate information from quantitative or qualitative sources.

Achieve Educational Goals With the Social Science Associate Degree

Ready to enhance skill-sets that prepare you for multiple opportunities? The associate degree in Social Science equips students with job-specific skills like critical thinking and problem-solving, effective writing, and an awareness of social context, applicable in practical work experiences.

Throughout the Social Science associate program, students learn to analyze and evaluate information from quantitative and/or qualitative sources, to solve problems in conventional and innovative ways. With specific concentrations, students build their understanding of fields of study within Social Sciences.

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

With the on-campus, hybrid, or online associate degree in Social Sciences, students learn a variety of workplace skills, competencies and knowledge needed to be successful in a professional or academic career.

The associate degree in Social Sciences teaches students core concepts to prepare to pursue a four-year social science degree. Students choose a concentration from Economics, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. The curriculum helps students:

    • Analyze and evaluate information from quantitative and/or qualitative sources.
    • Demonstrate effective expression of ideas in writing.
    • Grasp specific career-related skills based on tailored coursework.
    • Identify basic terminology, practices, and the scope of specific fields of study within Social Sciences.

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Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects, and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth.

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects.

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs 
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities 
    • Student Loans 
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Social Sciences? We can help!

An associate of science degree in Social Sciences at Blue Ridge CTC allows you to save time and money by before transferring to a four-year institution. With established transfer agreements, you can seamlessly transfer to a four-year College or University to complete your studies.

With a Social Science associate degree program, you learn to:

  • Analyze and evaluate information from quantitative and/or qualitative sources to solve problems in conventional and innovative ways.
  • Demonstrate effective expression of ideas in writing and through discussion to general and specialized audiences.
  • Describe how diverse perspectives might affect interpretations of problems in politics, society, and human relationships.
  • Identify basic terminology, practices, and the scope of specific fields of study within social sciences.
Admission requirements for Blue Ridge CTC’s Social Science associate degree program include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time after submitting the application.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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