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The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer in Sociology is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for the study of society and social behavior. The sociology major is designed to provide undergraduate preparation leading to careers in social work, politics, law, public administration, the nonprofit sector, international development, marketing, urban and environmental planning, public relations, human resource management, counseling and other social service professions. It is an excellent starting point for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in sociology. Students will examine problems and issues in their contemporary as well as historical setting.

Program Overview

As a Sociology major you will:

  • Study a comprehensive introduction to the field of sociology through courses that are academically rigorous and content appropriate.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to apply the “sociological perspective” to your own life and to the social environment of which you are a part.
  • Gain the knowledge and ability to use sociological concepts creatively in analyzing and critically thinking about social phenomena.
  • Analyze the news of the day as well as changes in the global economy and other major social institutions.
  • Identify an area of specialization in sociology

Associate Degree in Sociology can be completed within two (2) years.


Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer

Two-Year Advising Plans

​​​Degree Type ​Degree Name
​Associate in Arts for Transfer Sociology-AA-T

Degrees and Certificates

Total Units for the Associate in Arts Degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.0: 60 Units
Required Core Courses minimum grade 2.0: 18 Units
Complete the following 15 Units:

SOC 1  Introduction to Sociology3
SOC-3 Family Relations3
SOC-4  Introduction to Gender3
Select 6 unit
PSY 5  Introduction to Research Methods3
SOC-2  Social Problems3
MATH-40  Elementary Statistics3
Select 3 additional Units from the following:
PSY-1  Introduction to Psychology3

Completion of either the CSU General Education or
IGETC Option
Remaining Units to total 60 Units may be selected from
courses numbered 1-49

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology for Transfer student will be able to:
1. Identify and explain basic concepts of sociology, research and theory.
2. Identify processes of social control and how they shape our social institutions and lives.
3. Display knowledge of the impact of social institutions on everyday lives.
4. Effectively work in teams, managing time, tasks, and personality differences sharing results and analysis to arrive at a final collaborative product.
5. Systematically collect, organize, and present appropriate data from a variety of sources including independent research, written journals and the Internet. Assess the validity of the data and interpret it correctly

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