Oct 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Panola College Catalog 
2023-2024 Panola College Catalog

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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  • Dr. Sherlynn Hall


  • Don Cocklin - Psychology
  • Mark Dickerson - Criminal Justice/Sociology
  • Brian Naples - Government
  • Bill Offer - History
  • Larry Wade - History/Government/Geography

Areas of Study

  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • Government
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Mission Statement

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Department seeks to explore the full depth of human behavior and social consciousness by surveying human history, understanding cultural heritage, and examining the geographic, political, legal, and economic institutions that support human development.

Suggested Plans

A student who plans to obtain a degree from Panola College should arrange his or her program at the College to meet the requirements of the particular senior college to which the student plans to transfer. An academic advisor will work with a student to develop a degree plan which agrees with the requirements of the student’s field of study and declared transfer institution. Academic programs at Panola College that lead to the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees require a minimum of 60 hours, but a student can plan to transfer additional hours to a senior institution. The College’s academic core contains 42 hours and is the basis for all academic degrees available at the College.

Notification to Students of Transfer Limitations: Be aware that limits exist on the number of lower-division (freshman and sophomore) courses that Texas public universities accept in transfer. In many cases, the maximum number of lower-division semester credit hours accepted in transfer is 66, although some universities may accept slightly more in special cases. It is the responsibility of each student to keep apprised of graduation requirements for a certificate or degree program in which he or she is enrolled. Students planning a program of study should do so in conjunction with a College mentor, following a suggested program of study printed in this catalog.

Degree Audit: Each returning student should be certain to print a degree audit from his/her on-line student file prior to registration. This degree audit will indicate to the student those courses completed, those courses in progress and those courses yet to be taken. The audit will also indicate the student’s grade point average.

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