Sociology Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology for Transfer, also called the Sociology AA-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in sociology. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Sociology AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a sociology major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-19 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of C or better in all major coursework. There are no additional graduation requirements. Sociology is the systematic, scientific study of society and social behavior.

Sociologists look beyond individual events and experiences to the broader social patterns and variables that influence individuals. Sociologists study individual and group behaviors and social structures such as racism, sexism, poverty, health care, family, crime and deviance, population and the environment. An associate's degree is intended to lead to transfer to colleges and universities which offer bachelor's degrees in sociology. The sociology major is designed to provide preparation leading to careers in sociology, social work, law, criminal justice, marketing research and counseling. The Sociology AA-T Degree requires a total of 19-20 units of required courses and restricted electives.

Required Core (3 units):
SOC 101 F Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 101HF Honors Introduction to Sociology
AND any 2 courses (7-8 units) from the following:7-8
Social Problems3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Introductory Probability and Statistics
Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Research Methods4
List A
Select any 2 courses (6 units) from the following:6
Any course not selected from above.
Sociology of Women3
Honors Sociology of Women
Sociology of Gender3
Honors Sociology of Gender
Marriage and Family3
Honors Marriage and Family
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
Introduction to Criminology3
List B
Select one course (3 units):3
Any course not selected from above.
Dying and Death3
Sociology of Aging3
Sociology of Religion3
Honors Sociology of Religion
Drugs and Society3
Total Units19-20

Outcome 1: Define the “sociological imagination” and identify how the discipline of sociology is relevant to the study of contemporary society.

Outcome 2: Differentiate between the major sociological theoretical perspectives - structural functionalism (functionalist), social conflict (conflict) and symbolic interactionism (interactionist).

Outcome 3: Demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of current social problems, including the ability to describe their effects on individuals as well as society at large.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate how the scientific method is used in the field of sociology, as well as demonstrate reasonable knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics.