Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

University Parallel, A.S. - Social Science and Education

Degree: Associate of Science
Major: University Parallel
Area of Emphasis: Social Science and Education

For more information, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

This is an interdisciplinary pathway for students who are looking for a broad preparation encompassing the disciplines of sociology, psychology, history, economics, political science, education, and more. This plan permits greater flexibility than other published curriculum guides may offer, while the area of emphasis courses are primarily chosen from within the Social Science and Education division.  Courses with a vocational designation (designated with an asterisk*) may also be chosen after consultation with an advisor.

This pathway is for students looking to advance their careers or are planning to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field.  Students should work with an advisor to customize their studies to fit their interests.

Transfer Options
The University Parallel Associate of Science Degree is designed for transfer to universities offering a Baccalaureate degree.  Contact your advisor for additional information.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • Social Science and Education Electives (Choose any course from the Social Science and Education Division Credits: (12) 1
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (7)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


Students should choose courses appropriate for transfer to the senior institution they have selected.  Any course designated with an asterisk (*) in the catalog is a career/technical course and is not intended for transfer.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (14)

Second Year -Fall Semester - Credits (16)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

  • Social Science and Education Electives (Choose any course from the Social Science and Education Division Credits: (3)
  • History  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts  (Literature Course - See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (6)