Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)



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The sociology major is designed to prepare students for further study in sociology leading to the BA, MA, MSW, and/or Ph.D. degrees. The transfer degree program provides students the opportunity to complete the lower-division coursework required for four-year programs in sociology. This program is for students who plan to transfer to a California State University (CSU.) Completion of the CSU General-Breadth or IGETC general education pattern is required. It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor because major and general education requirements vary for each college/university.

Career Opportunities

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 developing resources for various populations, i.e. 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.

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

  • apply the sociological perspective on human behavior.
  • compare and contrast the major theoretical orientations in sociology.
  • analyze 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 problems.
  • 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 social institutions such as education, employment, medicine and religion.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

(1) Complete a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Sociology Associate in Arts (A.A.) 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.