Are you interested in people and want to make the world a better place? Do you wonder what makes people tick? This pathway will offer you the skills to understand yourself, others, institutions, and the society in which we live.

Within this pathway, there is a tremendous diversity of career possibilities, including public service, economics, forensics, counseling, social welfare, archeology, research, law enforcement, politics, government, and homeland security. With the transferrable skills you will gain, you might work in a private practice, for a government agency, in a museum, at a business, or at a university; you might work in your own community or travel the world. Wherever you work, you’ll be working with people!

Programs in This Pathway

Anthropology is the study of humans — past and present — as diverse social, cultural, and biological beings in a varied and changing world. Using a multicultural approach, it emphasizes skills for understanding and interacting with all kinds of people.
Few careers are so critical to society as those in the criminal justice field. Whether it's the police that keep our streets and families safe, the advocates protecting the rights of victims or the corrections officers that monitor our jails and prisons.
More than raw numbers and scientific study, economics is the study of human choice. It seeks to understand the established social arrangements for producing and distributing goods and services, and to determine a wise use of limited economic resources to ensure people receive the maximum benefit at the lowest cost.
This program is designed to respond to the high-demand for trained fire service professionals. Successful students may use experience and knowledge gained through course study to advance to graduate programs in fire service, as well as to fulfill discipline-specific certification requirements for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
The study of geography encompasses many aspects of the physical and social sciences. Pierce College offers students a wide range of courses designed to provide an introduction to the complex and fascinating physical and cultural systems of the environment.
History is the study of human experience. It is a holistic discipline involving political, economic, military, social, intellectual, philosophical, geographical, and cultural aspects of the development of humankind.
The Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) Associate degree and certificate program are designed to prepare the next generation of emergency management and policy leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to improve outcomes in disasters of all types.
Occupational Safety and Health professionals work to prevent accidents and health hazards to workers, the community, and the environment. They are employed in every industry to eliminate work-related injuries and illness. They also respond to emergency preparedness and homeland security issues.
Political science is the study of governments, public policies, and political processes and behaviors. Using a number of scientific tools, political scientists are able to examine the processes, policies, and political systems of all cultures and places.
The field of psychology engages in the study of the human mind and behavior. Some of the areas explored are lifespan development, cognition, mental disorders, memory, emotion, personality, the individual in society, research, addictions, therapy, neuropsychology, motivation and perception.
Well-trained, compassionate mental health professionals are critical in helping people overcome challenges and hardships, and live better, happier lives.
Sociology is the study of society and human interaction. It deals with human relationships, development in groups, processes of social behavior, and social institutions such as the family, religion, and the economy.