Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

PROGRAM CODE: 1A31003

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Sociology major to achieve an Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T in Sociology) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Sociology is the study of social life, social systems, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology is based on the idea that the understanding of the dynamic structure of social life will allow analysis of present situations against the backdrop of larger social realities and lead to effective responses to those situations. The AA-T in Sociology includes the study of sociological theories and knowledge, the scientific foundations of sociology, and the application of the sociological perspective to various, specific areas of social life. The curriculum is designed to provide students with an introduction and overview of the field. It offers an opportunity to examine the field in detail and to identify possible personal directions for further study. Sociology gives students a solid basis for many career paths and can be enhanced with multi-disciplinary study in related fields.

To earn an AA-T in Sociology students must complete:

  1. 19-20 semester units or 28.5-30 quarter units in the Sociology major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable coursework; and,
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (9-11 units):9-11
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Select any two courses from the following list:
Social Problems3
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)4
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Research Methods in Psychology4
List A - Select two courses from the list below (6 units):6
Marriage and Family3
Sociology of Women3
Introduction to Criminology3
Social Psychology3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
List B - Select one course from the list beloe or any courses from List A not already taken (3 units):3
Sociology of Religion3
Human Sexuality3
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C)3
Sociology of Aging3
Introduction to Psychology3
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography3
Total Units18-20