Many courses offered in this division satisfy general education requirements for Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Many also are prerequisites for other classes.

Humanities and Social Sciences

This division offers many general education classes, as well as some two-year degree programs, such as Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Development and Paraprofessional Educator that can get you into the workforce quickly.

Choosing an Associate of Arts degree with electives from this division will prepare you for transfer to a four-year college or university where you can pursue your bachelor’s degree in your area of interest.

Whatever classes you choose, you’ll find excellent, experienced faculty who are dedicated to your academic success. We look forward to seeing you!

Humanities and Social Sciences includes all classes in these categories:


Autism Spectrum Disorders, Communication and Social Competence, Sensory Integration, etc.


World Geography


World Civilization Before 1500, World Civilization after 1500, etc.

Political Science

Introduction to Political Science, American/National Government, Problems in Political Science, etc.


General Psychology, Child Psychology, Psychology of Personal Adjustment, etc.


Sociology, Marriage and Family, American Diversity, etc.

Criminal Justice

Introduction to Law Enforcement, Criminal Law, Introduction to Corrections, etc.

Early Childhood Development

Child Growth and Development, Child Nutrition, Health and Safety, Language Development Early Literacy, etc.

Elementary Education

Education in a Diverse Society, Technology for Teachers, Education of Exceptional Learners, etc.

Paraprofessional Educator Practicum

Creative Expression and Play, Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, etc.

Developmental Courses

Developmental courses are designed to make sure you have the skills you need to succeed in college.

All associate degrees require at least one math course and at least one writing course. Some certificate programs also require math or writing. Reading is required for students whose scores fall below a certain level. The required math and writing courses for each degree are listed in the SFCC online catalog.

What Do My Placement Scores Mean?

SFCC uses your placement scores to place you in the level of writing or reading that is right for your skill level. If your scores don’t place you into the courses that are required for your degree or certificate, you will need to begin at the level into which you tested and work your way through each course to the required ones. These courses are called developmental courses and do not count toward a degree or as electives.

You may take ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT to determine your placement scores. Once your scores have been determined, you can review the placement chart for math and science courses. Your navigator can help you understand which classes you will be enrolled into based on how you scored.

If you have ACT scores of 18 or higher in both reading and English, you will automatically be eligible for English Composition I or Technical Writing, as well as several other general education courses in disciplines including history, science, psychology, humanities, and literature. These are all college-level courses.

However, entering college freshmen and transfer students who have not yet achieved an ACT 18 sub-score on both the reading and English portions will need to take one or more noncredit developmental courses to improve their skills.

If your college experience begins with developmental classes, you will have to pay for classes that don’t count toward a degree.

For example, if you want to earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), it requires that you take ENGL 101 and 102. If you score a 13 on both the reading and writing sections of the ACT, you will first need to complete ENGL 060 with a C or better, and then ENGL 070 with a C or better before you can enroll in ENGL 101. If you are a Missouri resident, these two additional classes, plus textbooks, will cost nearly $1,000 and could take two extra semesters before you can reach your goal of earning an AAT.

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