Social Sciences Division

Welcome to the Social Sciences Division, the largest academic division on campus! We hope you make yourself comfortable and browse through our website. You will be able to find all of our highly credentialed and excellent instructors, their office hours and contact information, and even some of their personal web pages. What is the Social Sciences Division? We are an academic division including the following disciplines: Anthropology, Child Development, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Science. 

Courses are designed to support the college mission by providing opportunities for learning that might develop a person’s global awareness and appreciation, communication, reasoning, critical thinking, personal responsibility, information competency, and knowledge application. Want to know what makes humans so different (or similar) to other mammals? Take an Anthropology course!

Ever wondered why people always face the doors when crammed into an elevator? Sociology may be just what you’re looking for. Think knowing about history is the best way not to repeat it? You get the point! The Social Sciences Division offers classes to make your time at Glendale College both educational and interesting! If you have any questions, feel free to stop by our office in San Rafael, Room 310 between the hours or 8am and 4:30 pm, or call 818.240.1000 ext. 5454.

Anthropology is the study of the origin and development of mankind and human culture. It attempts to provide the student with an understanding of human physical characteristics, language systems, and the way cultures function today and in the past.

Child Development offers a program in Early Childhood Education which prepares students to work with children from birth to age twelve. This is a carefully designed program that provides a well-sequenced experience to prepare students for careers as Early Childhood Educators. Housed in the Child Development Center, one of the strengths of the Early Childhood Education program is its integration with GCC's nationally accredited Laboratory School.

Economics is the study of the production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services. Economic study attempts to clarify how the use of natural, technological, and financial resources affects the lives of human beings.

Ethnic Studies aspires to critically evaluate the history and humanity of the many ethnic groups in the United States, as well as the contemporary experiences of these groups. Such study requires an interdisciplinary approach. Ethnic Studies courses are designed to do more than disseminate knowledge; they inspire, invoke action, and uplift social consciousness.

Geography is the study of the inter relationships between the Earth and its people. It is considered both a social and natural science. It focuses on climate, land, water, space, mineral resources, population density, changes in the environment, and how man adapts to them.

History is both the study and the research of major social, political, cultural, and economics events of the past. Applying the results of historical study is important for the preservation and future growth of nations and institutions. Knowledge of the past can enable individuals to develop pride and appreciation for the past accomplishments of others.

Philosophy is considered a branch of the language arts and involves the study of the truths or principles underlying all knowledge. Philosophical study involves a continuous attempt to analyze, interpret, and logically explain what humans believe, value, and do.

Political Science is the study of government and politics. It looks at the structures and functions of government as well as who gets what, when, and how. Political Science study attempts to provide the student with a better understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relations, public law, public administration, liberty, freedom, justice, and political power.

Psychology is considered the study of human and animal behavior. It seeks to understand and explain both normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, development and individual differences. Psychological study explores human emotions, thoughts, and motives.

Social Science courses are designed to provide the student with an understanding and appreciation of the many differing social, political, economic and cultural experiences in the United States.

Sociology is the study of social life and focuses on the interaction between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other. Sociology ranges from the study of relationships in family units in non-western cultures to the research of large bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations.