Social Science General Education

Social Science General Education



The mission of the Social Science General Education focus is three-fold:

  1. Provide students with a basic understanding of human behavior and their behavior within various environments.
  2. Provide students with the basic critical and scientific thinking skills needed to apply social science principles and perspectives in various situations and communities.
  3. Assist students in their efforts to contribute to society in their particular professions and in various communities.
In general, Social Science courses incorporate at least two of the following skill areas:
  • Written, oral, or graphic communication
  • Abstract logic or reasoning
  • Use of information technology
  • Use of library and/or other research resources
  • Critical thinking, cognitive learning, and individual or group problem solving
  • Collaborative group work skills

The Social Sciences at KVCC contribute to the core curriculum of nearly all programs at KVCC.  Most programs meet their Social Science requirements by incorporating one or more of the following courses:

  • COM 104: Introduction to Communication
  • COM 105: Interpersonal Communication
  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 215: Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology.

These courses are considered the "core" offerings within the Social Science Department that meet the General Education requirements in various programs.

Outcome Alignment

For each of these courses, outcomes have been identified that align with the KVCC definition of the Educated Person.  The following is a list of the VALUE based outcomes for each of the core Social Science courses.

COM 104: Introduction to Communication

  • Creative Thinking
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Oral Communication
  • Teamwork


COM 105: Interpersonal Communication

  • TBA


PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

  • Civic Engagement
  • Information Literacy
  • Problem Solving
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Written Communication


PSY 215: Developmental Psychology

  • Integrative Learning
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence
  • Foundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning
  • Written Communication


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence
  • Reading

Social Sciences Dept.


Department Chair:  

Mark Kavanaugh

Contact Info:

(207) 453-5189
Carter Hall, Rm 306