Social Sciences

Some of the most interesting college classes you can take outside of your degree area are in the Social Sciences Department. With courses in the areas of history, government, geography, philosophy, art, music and foreign language, you can participate in passionate discussions or find a creative outlet.

These courses will fulfill many general education requirements and lead to an associate degree with the ability to easily transfer to a four-year university.

Mike Tabor, Department Head for Social Services and Fine Arts
A.A., Redlands Community College; B.S., Central State University; M.Ed. University of Central Oklahoma
Professor of History; Department Head Social Sciences /Fine Arts

Professor Mike Tabor is a History Professor and serves as Lead Faculty for College History, Government and Geography. He holds an Associate in Arts from El Reno Junior College, a Bachelor of Science (Education) from Central State University and a Master of Education from University of Central Oklahoma.

Professor Tabor has been with Redlands since 1992 and teaches U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, Western Civilization: Origins to 1500, Western Civilization: 1500 to Present, and Social Studies Capstone.
Professor Tabor is also a member of the Assessment Committee and Faculty Association.

Cherry Rain, Professor of Political Science, Academic Team Coach and Student Organizations Coordinator
Office: SC-3, Ray Porter Academic Complex
Cherry Rain, a first generation college graduate, earned an Associate of Arts degree from Rose State College. She went on to the University of Central Oklahoma to receive a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science, and earned the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Cherry has taught as an adjunct at several Oklahoma colleges and worked with many others in some capacity to build a longstanding career in higher education. She has been honored by the Oklahoma Global Education Consortium, the Oklahoma Community College Association, the Leadership Council of Oklahoma City Community College, and awarded "Outstanding Faculty" at Oklahoma City Community College.

Cherry Rain is a political science professor at Redlands Community College where she has also taught English Comp I. Ms. Rain also serves as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor for the Redlands chapter and hopes to emphasize inclusion and leadership skills. KSBI channel 52 will debut the new college quiz bowl "Mind Games" and Professor Rain is the academic coach for the Redlands team.

Cherry is, also, currently the Oklahoma Community College Association Chair for the Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Program where she strives to promote and acknowledge innovation in the classroom. Ms. Rain has, in the past, won GIFT awards for Comp I: "Advancing Critical Thought in Compositions" and political science: "The Individual's Place in a Global Society."

Professor Rain challenges students to add to the public debate, not regurgitate it. She believes the fundamentals of research must begin on the first day of college and permeate through all areas of study. "Undergraduate research is a vital resource in a fast paced global society."