Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

Central Piedmont offers high-quality, rigorous, and relevant anthropology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology courses for general education, core, and elective credit. While no behavioral and social sciences degrees are currently offered, 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 just interested in behavioral and social sciences.

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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, 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.

Student Opportunities and Events

  • American Association for Women in Community College

  • Central Piedmont Historical Association

    The History Club meets at Cato Campus in Cato III Room 223 on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. The club has discussions about “History in the News” and makes trips to local historical sites. Please contact the advisor, Hugh Dussek, at for further information.

    Central Piedmont Historical Association (CPHA) Constitution

    Article I: Name

    The organization shall be called the Central Piedmont Historical Association (CPHA).

    Article II: Purpose

    The purpose of the CPHA is to learn, share and experience history together. The CPHA aims to:

    1. make history fun, relevant and exciting
    2. foster professional and academic opportunities in history
    3. organize field trips, movies, presentations, events and service to the community
    4. promote civic engagement about historical topics
    Article III: Membership
    1. Membership of the CPHA is open to all Central Piedmont Community College students.
    2. The Secretary shall record the names of members of the CPHA.
    3. There are no dues for membership in the CPHA.
    4. Members of the CPHA should follow the student code of conduct at Central Piedmont.
    5. The CPHA is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure non-discrimination.
    Article IV: Officers

    The officers shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

    1. The officers shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the annual election meeting. They shall take office on the first day of school in the fall and serve for one year.

    2. All members of the CPHA are eligible to be an officer.

    3. The term of office for officers shall be one year starting in the fall semester.

    4. Responsibilities or Duties:

    a. The President is the principal officer and is responsible for leading the CPHA and managing its activities in accordance with the policies and procedures of this Constitution.

    b. The Vice President shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President, assist the President in the management of the CPHA, and perform other duties that may be assigned by the President.

    c. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all CPHA meetings. Other duties of the Secretary include:

    i. Maintaining the records of the CPHA.

    ii. Maintaining the membership list of the CPHA

    iii. Communicating with the membership of the CPHA

    iv. Submission of any proposed amendment to this Constitution to the CPHA membership before a vote.

    v. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

    d. The Treasurer shall maintain the CPHA's financial affairs and records. Duties of the Treasurer also shall include:

    i. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

    5. Impeachment: Officers of the CPHA may be removed from office by a plurality of votes cast at a regularly constituted meeting of the CPHA membership. Notice of the impeachment must be made to the CPHA membership prior to the meeting.

    6. Executive Committee: The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer comprise the Executive Committee.

    7. Vacancies: Vacancies resulting from the resignation or impeachment of an officer will be filled by the holding of an ad hoc election. The election will be held at the first regular meeting following the Secretary's receipt of the resignation.

    Article V. Faculty Advisor

    The Faculty Advisor for the CPHA shall be a faculty member from the Central Piedmont Behavioral and Social Sciences Division.

    Article VI: Meetings

    1. The meetings of the CPHA shall be conducted periodically during the spring and fall semesters and at such times as decided by the Executive Committee.

    2. The number of meetings of the CPHA per term will be decided by the Executive Committee.

    3. A general meeting shall be held in the spring and fall semester. At the general meeting, the Secretary and Treasurer each shall present any required reports. Also, the election of the officers shall be held.

    4. Email notices of all meetings shall be distributed to all members at least one week prior to any meeting.

    5. A special meeting of the CPHA can be called by any member of the Executive Committee or the Faculty Advisor.

    6. A quorum consists of three members of the Executive Committee.

    Article VII: Committees

    1. The Executive Committee can set up sub committees for specific designated purposes and periods of time.

    2. The constitution of sub committees will be designated by the Executive Committee.

    Article VIII: Voting

    1. A majority of votes will suffice for legislation of the CPHA to be enacted.

    2. All members of the CPHA may vote for legislation for the CPHA.

    Article IX: Method of Amending Constitution

    1. Four weeks notice by email is required for motions to amend the Constitution of the CPHA. Motions to amend the Constitution must be made during the spring or fall semesters. All members of the CPHA may vote in a regularly constituted meeting to amend the Constitution.

    2. A majority of the CPHA members and the approval of a quorum of the Executive Committee and the Faculty Advisor are required to amend the Constitution.

  • Model United Nations

    Model United Nations (MUN) is a Central Piedmont student club that provides members with simulation experiences of United Nations sessions. The MUN club attend conferences with students from other schools where they take role of representing a country and act like the UN, discussing real-life international events and creating resolutions. Through MUN club, students will learn more about current world events and different cultures, problem solving skills, working with others, research, technical writing, negotiating and public speaking. Students have the opportunity to meet people from many different places and backgrounds, as well as make new friends and have a lot of fun. The club also participates in on-campus events and holds fundraisers to offset the costs of attending conferences.

    Want to participate in SRMUN? SRMUN is the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference, where students from universities and community colleges from the southern region of the U.S. debate matters of international relevance. We are currently preparing for the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference, where our teams will represent Japan and Norway. 

    For more information, visit our Model United Nations Club Website or email our faculty advisors:

    Model UN club meets weekly at Central and Levine campus:

    • Levine Campus: Fridays 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Levine II, room 1307
    • Central Campus: Mondays 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Levine IT Building (across from the bookstore), room 4137
  • History Student Success Center

    The History Student Success Tutoring Center is here to serve the academic needs and dedicated to the academic success of history students at Central Piedmont and is staffed by a Central Piedmont Assistant Professor, History. Any history student who needs individual assistance in addition to that which they are receiving in the classroom is welcome.

    If you need help with:

    1. making sense of all those dates, wars, and kings.
    2. writing assignments (including the General Education Assessment Essay)
    3. developing your research and analysis skills

    We're here to help. Come by and see how we can help you succeed!


    Cato Campus, Cato III, Room 211-D

    • Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:20 - 3:30p.m.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m or by appointment.
    • Fridays: 12:30 -  2:00 pm 

    College Senate meetings will supersede History Student Success Center hours on the Third Tuesday of each month.

    Contact Information: Kent Cashion:

    • Phone: 704.330.2722, ext. 7822
    • Office: Cato Campus, Cato III, Room 211-D