Academic Programs

Are you interested in learning about people? Do you want to know what makes people do what they do? Do you want to understand more about your culture and others? Do you want to know why people live and work like they do? Are you interested in transferring to a four-year institution to get a bachelor’s degree?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to study one of the field of social and behavioral sciences.


Though many people think about money when they think about economics, the discipline is so much more. Economics affects everyone’s lives because it is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economists explore topics from the very small to very large subjects in microeconomics and macroeconomics.

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Geography is the study of physical and human landscapes on the earth’s surface. It is an extremely broad academic discipline that encompasses nearly all of the social, natural, and environmental sciences. As a result, geography often appeals to people who have a wide range of interests. Geographers are trained to understand the complexity of interrelationships between people and the environment. In a globalizing world, geographic knowledge and the ability to analyze information from a variety of sources is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity in the job market.

Political Science

Do you wonder why our government runs the way it does? Are you interested in policies or law? Perhaps you want to know how to make changes in your local city government or want to know how countries work together to make treaties. If any of these questions interest you, you may want to study political science. Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. At Owens Community College, you can learn about local and state governments, the United States government, or international relations.

Pre-Law Concentration

This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a degree in law. It provides an interdisciplinary background that many law schools like to see in applicants.


Have you ever wondered why siblings in the same family are so different? Or how someone can fall in love with a serial killer on death row? How about why you are attracted to certain types of people and not others? Or how babies learn words? These are just a few of the fascinating topics you will encounter as a Psychology student! Psychology is the study of Human behavior, and our Psychology courses involve areas ranging from Industrial/Organizational Psychology (which examines Psychology in the Workplace), to Lifespan Development (examining Psychological change from before birth through death and dying), to Social Psychology (which examines our behavior when surrounded by others) and more! As you can imagine, this means that an undergraduate degree in psychology helps students develop skills that are important in a variety of careers.


Sociology is a broad field that uses scientific principles to study people, societies, groups, and institutions. This includes everything from a brief interaction between two people to how international social movements work. Interested in crime? Interested in religion? Interested in race and inequality? These are just some of the topics that sociologists investigate. Sociology majors have a background in social and cultural knowledge which allows them to meet the needs of a complex global environment. Sociology instills the ability to understand complex situations and solve problems in an ever-changing world.