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Associate’s Degrees in General Social Sciences

12,003 Yearly Graduations
$23,900 Median Salary
$12,250 Median Debt
There are 163 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in social sciences. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 64% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.6% of social sciences graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Social Sciences Majors

In 2018-2019, 12,003 associate's degrees were awarded to social sciences majors. This makes it the 13th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in social sciences at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 12,003
Bachelor’s Degree 6,806
Master’s Degree 721
Graduate Certificate 71
Basic Certificate 68
Doctor’s Degree 21
Undergraduate Certificate 4

Earnings of Social Sciences Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in social sciences is $23,900. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $22,050 and the high is $25,325.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in social sciences is $12,250. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $14,860 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $10,576.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $127.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in social sciences. About 68.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,739
Women 8,264
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Social Sciences

The racial-ethnic distribution of social sciences associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,146
Black or African American 1,090
Hispanic or Latino 4,686
White 3,968
International Students 194
Other Races/Ethnicities 919
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Social Sciences Associate's Degree Students

There are 163 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in social sciences. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
754 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for social sciences students seekingan associate's degree is East Los Angeles College. Roughly 36,800 attend the school each year. The social sciences program at East Los Angeles College awarded 754 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 92% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#2

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
683 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Canyons is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social sciences. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 683 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from College of the Canyons. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#3

Ohlone College

Fremont, California
623 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohlone College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Roughly 8,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 623 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Ohlone College. Around 77% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#4

Sierra College

Rocklin, California
606 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for social sciences majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Sierra College. Roughly 18,200 attend the school each year. The social sciences program at Sierra College awarded 606 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#5

American River College

Sacramento, California
547 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American River College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social sciences. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 547 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from American River. Of these students, 67% were women and 53% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Palomar College

San Marcos, California
519 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Palomar College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Each year, around 23,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 519 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Palomar College. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#7

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
516 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Virginia Community College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social sciences. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 516 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Northern Virginia Community College. About 70% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
476 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tidewater Community College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. The social sciences program at Tidewater Community College awarded 476 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 76% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Butte College

Oroville, California
454 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for social sciences majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Butte College. Roughly 10,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 454 associate's degrees were handed out to social sciences majors at Butte College. Of these students, 62% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
451 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for social sciences majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Santa Rosa Junior College. Each year, around 19,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 451 associate's degrees were handed out to social sciences majors at SRJC. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#11

Citrus College

Glendora, California
441 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Citrus College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Roughly 13,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 441 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Citrus College. Of these students, 69% were women and 80% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California
349 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mt. San Antonio College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Each year, around 29,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 349 associate's degrees were handed out to social sciences majors at Mt. SAC. Of these students, 70% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California
340 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Antelope Valley College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social sciences. Each year, around 13,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 340 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Antelope Valley College. Of these students, 80% were women and 78% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Brookdale Community College

Lincroft, New Jersey
333 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brookdale Community College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The social sciences program at Brookdale Community College awarded 333 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 71% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

De Anza College

Cupertino, California
314 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

De Anza College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Each year, around 18,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 314 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from De Anza College. Around 79% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#16

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
309 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for social sciences majors who are seeking their associate's degree is City College of San Francisco. Roughly 24,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 309 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from City College of San Francisco. Of these students, 60% were women and 85% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Mt. San Jacinto College

San Jacinto, California
285 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mt. San Jacinto College is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social sciences. Roughly 15,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 285 associate's degrees were handed out to social sciences majors at MSJC. Of these students, 74% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Merced College

Merced, California
280 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Merced College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Roughly 11,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 280 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Merced Community College District. About 69% of this group were women, and 72% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
277 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for social sciences majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Thomas Nelson Community College. Each year, around 7,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 277 associate's degrees were handed out to social sciences majors at TNCC. Of these students, 75% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Laney College

Oakland, California
182 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Laney College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social sciences. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 182 people received their associate's degree in social sciences from Laney College. Around 87% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to social sciences that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Sociology 5,523
Economics 2,228
Political Science & Government 2,020
Anthropology 940
Geography & Cartography 339

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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