Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

Central Piedmont offers high-quality, rigorous, and relevant anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology courses for general education, core, and elective credit. While no degrees are currently offered in these disciplines, these courses meet the needs and interests of students working towards a degree, diploma, or certificate, those who plan to transfer to four-year institutions, visiting students who wish to transfer credit back to their home institution, and others who are simply interested in these subjects.

What You Will Learn

We deliver behavioral and social sciences courses in a creative learning environment to create lifelong learners who will, in turn, strengthen the economic, social, and cultural life of our diverse community. Behavioral and social science courses prepare students to think critically, to express thoughts and ideas effectively, to analyze and interpret data, and to solve problems — skills that are essential for a variety of careers.

Learn More about Central Piedmont General Education Requirements

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our instructors have advanced degrees in their areas of expertise. Our classes are affordable and offered on different campuses during the day and in the evenings. Courses are offered in the traditional face-to-face format and online. We offer all students a real-world, hands-on, well-rounded education in order to provide the foundational skills and knowledge you need to succeed in any career. Our division also supports the college and the local community through initiatives such as the "Trail of History" television series on WTVI PBS Charlotte and the Sensoria Festival.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in student clubs and organizations, such as the Central Piedmont Historical Association, Model UN, Psi Beta, the Sociology/Psychology Association, and the American Association for Women in Community College.

Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont . Financial aid and scholarships are available.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

What We Offer

  • Anthropology

    Upon completion of Central Piedmont anthropology courses, you will be able to:

    • explain the fundamental characteristics of culture
    • identify and evaluate anthropological perspectives on diversity among human populations
    • analyze how human economic and political strategies shape social structures
    • understand the basics of ethnography
    • assess the relationships between environment and culture
    • integrate different ideas and concepts within a position
  • Economics

    Upon completion of Central Piedmont economics courses, you will be able to:

    • evaluate and explain important economic theories
    • identify and evaluate consumer and business alternatives in order to efficiently achieve economic objectives (microeconomics)
    • evaluate national economic components, conditions and alternatives for achieving socio-economic goals (macroeconomics)
    • explain alternative solutions for economic problems faced by private and government sectors
    • economics courses also prepare students to think critically, to express thoughts and ideas effectively, to analyze and interpret data, and to solve problems - skills that are essential for a variety of careers
  • History

    Upon completion of Central Piedmont history courses, you will be able to:

    • analyze, evaluate, and interpret data from both primary and secondary sources
    • use historical data to formulate historical arguments in a variety of delivery formats
    • demonstrate knowledge of course material through classroom discussions
    • exhibit an understanding of the timeless, universal, and transferable concepts found throughout history, including, but not limited to, politics, socioeconomics, and culture

    The history department offers history tutoring at the History Student Success Center. The History Student Success Center is not part of the Academic Learning Center. 

  • Political Science

    Upon completion of Central Piedmont political science courses, you will be able to:

    • understand political science as an academic discipline within the broader context of the social sciences
    • demonstrate your understanding of empirical methodologies associated with political science
    • demonstrate an ability to evaluate concepts and information to support an opinion, solve a problem, or reach a conclusion
  • Psychology

    Upon completion of Central Piedmont psychology courses, you will be able to:

    • evaluate and explain important psychological theories
    • apply psychological knowledge to real-world examples
    • select and use information appropriately to investigate a point of view or conclusion
    • apply critical thinking in evaluating research in affiliation, attitude formation and change, conformity, altruism, aggression, attribution, and interpersonal attraction
    • demonstrate an ability to evaluate concepts and information to support an opinion, solve a problem, or reach a conclusion
  • Sociology

    Upon completion of Central Piedmont sociology courses, you will be able to:

    • evaluate and explain important sociological theories
    • apply sociological knowledge to real-world examples
    • think critically and effectively express thoughts and ideas
    • evaluate, synthesize, and integrate a variety of different ideas and concepts within a position

Additional Information

  • Available Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

    For detailed information on anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog. To meet the needs of our diverse student population, we offer some behavioral and social science courses online. However, please note that course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer behavioral sciences course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career & College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Explore Careers

    Taking behavioral and social sciences courses at Central Piedmont can give you the knowledge and foundation you need to succeed in a variety of careers. Visit Career Coach for detailed career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.