Sociology Associate in Arts Degree


The Sociology Associate in Arts Degree includes coursework in Sociology, 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 Associate in Arts Degree requires a total of 19-21 units, of which 10-11 units are in required courses. An additional 9-10 units must be chosen from restricted electives. NOTE: Students planning to transfer to a CSU should consider the Sociology AA-T Degree.

Required Course (3 units):
SOC 101 F Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 101HF Honors Introduction to Sociology
Required Courses
Select any 2 courses (7-8 units):7-8
Social Problems3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Introductory Probability and Statistics
Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Research Methods4
Restricted Electives (9-10 units):9-10
Sociology Internship1
Sociology Independent Study1
Dying and Death3
Sociology of Women3
Honors Sociology of Women
Sociology of Gender3
Honors Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Aging3
Marriage and Family3
Honors Marriage and Family
Sociology of Religion3
Honors Sociology of Religion
Drugs and Society3
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
Introduction to Criminology3
Sociology Independent Study: Advanced1
Any courses not selected above.
Total Units19-21

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.