Sociology

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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Associate in Arts Degree
The Sociology major is designed to prepare students for further study in Sociology leading to the BA, MA, MSW, and/or PhD degrees. Sociologists with graduate degrees may teach at the high school, college, and graduate levels. Research sociologists may manage and execute research at the local, state, and federal levels and in both private and public sector industry. Additional careers facilitated by advanced study of sociology include public policy analysis, jurisprudence, and careers in international fields. Applied sociologists work with social service agencies and community programs in developing resources for various populations, e.g. at-risk-youth, the elderly or people experiencing challenges related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system. Sociology majors are encouraged to participate in community activities and community service internships, and often attend relevant guest lectures and public events.

Career Opportunities
Sociologists may teach at the high school, college, and graduate levels. Research sociologists may manage and execute research at the local,  state, and federal levels and in both private and public sector industry. Additional careers facilitated by advanced study of sociology include public policy analysis, jurisprudence, and careers in international fields. Applied sociologists work with social service agencies and community programs in developing resources for various populations, e.g. at-risk-youth, the elderly, or people experiencing challenges related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • articulate the sociological perspective to human behavior.
  • compare and contrast the major theoretical orientations in sociology.
  • analyze and assess the role of theory and social research methods in sociology.
  • evaluate data, draw reasonable conclusions, and apply these conclusions to personal, community, and societal-level issues.
  • explain how the science of sociology produces knowledge about society, social interaction, and human behavior.
  • integrate content knowledge and cognitive skills, i.e., logical thinking, problem-solving, and critical reasoning, when completing exams, term papers, and additional class assignments.
  • apply sociological principles that contribute to the foundation for life-long personal growth and development of effective interpersonal and social skills.
  • apply sociological principles to education, employment, and everyday life.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
The Associate in Arts degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Transfer Information
In addition to the course requirements, transfer students should complete the general education requirements for the university to which they plan to transfer. Students can also use the Sacramento City College General Education pattern to obtain the degree; however, these courses do not necessarily fulfill the general education requirements of transfer institutions. Students should see a counselor regarding academic planning.