Sociology – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 2208.00

Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions and social relationships. A key contribution of the discipline is that social factors matter. Our lives are not only shaped by personal psychology, but also by our place in the social world. Sociology examines how social structures, such as the workplace, political, economic, educational, and religious institutions affect individuals and how individuals influence these structures. Sociologists also explore how people’s socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexualities, and marital status affect their attitudes, behavior, and chances in life. Sociologists organize their knowledge in theories which they both create and test through social research. Often such research is aimed at understanding important social issues and problems. Sociologists study the patterns of behavior that characterize human interaction. They seek to discover the main forces that unite and separate social groups and to determine the conditions that transform social life.

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional local graduation requirements.)

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate the role of sociological theories in multiple social contexts.
  2. Identify and explain major sociological and theoretical perspectives.
  3. Critically analyze important social issues and problems.
  4. Identify patterns of behavior that characterize human interaction.

Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology for Transfer

Required Courses
SOC 001INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY3
Select two of the following:6-7
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Select one of the following:
STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
HONORS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
List A
Select 2 courses from below or any Required Core course not already use:6
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES
CRIME, DELINQUENCY AND SOCIETY
MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
INTRODUCTION TO GENDER
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
List B
Select one from below (or any course not already used above)3
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF AGING
SOCIOLOGY OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN
CHICANO SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN
Required Subtotal18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern.37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer