As news headlines demonstrate, urban areas—especially inner cities—face overwhelming challenges, including poverty, crime, unemployment, inadequate healthcare and schools, and high infant mortality. Students gain grounding in economics, sociology, psychology, and other areas necessary to research and work for the reform needed to improve their communities and offer hope and opportunities to their resident.
Economics 1, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
Economics 2, Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Economics 6, Contemporary Economic Problems (3)
History 10, Ethnicity and American Culture (3)
Political Science 21, Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Difference (3)
Psychology 13, Social Psychology (3)
Sociology 1, Introduction to Sociology (3) or Sociology 2S (3)
Sociology 2, Social Problems (3) or Sociology 2S (3)
Sociology 34, Racial and Ethics Relations in American Society (3)
Sociology 30, African Americans in Contemporary Society (3)
Sociology 31, Latinas/os in Contemporary Society (3)
Sociology 32, Asian Americans in Contemporary Society (3)
Urban Studies 8, Introduction to Urban Studies (3) – or Geography 8 (3)
Additional graduation requirements for the Associate degree and/or Certificate of Achievement from Santa Monica College are on a separate sheet available in the Transfer/Counseling Center.
Course Descriptions for Urban/Socioeconomic Track
Go to the SMC Course Catalog and scroll down to the appropriate academic Department.
For the Required Core Courses and Critical Thinking and Communication course requirements, go to the Public Policy Associate Degree & Certificate of Achievement