Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of society and social behavior. The sociologist looks beyond individual and unique events to the predictable broad patterns and regular occurrences of social life that influence individuals. Studies range from the profound impact of post-industrial societies on family life, crime, mass communications, gender, race, ethnicity and intergenerational relations to the study of emotions and the values that govern daily social encounters.

The sociology major is designed to provide undergraduate preparation leading to careers in social work, politics, law, public administration, the nonprofit sector, international development, marketing, urban and environmental planning, public relations, personnel, criminal justice, counseling and other social service professions. The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree will also prepare a student for advanced studies in several areas, including sociology, social work, environmental studies, education, public health and urban planning. This degree prepares students for a CSU Baccalaureate Degree in Sociology.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate the sociological perspective on human behavior.
  • Compare and contrast the major theoretical orientations in sociology.
  • Articulate the role of theory and social research methods in sociology.
  • Describe research methodology and critically evaluate sociological data.
  • 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, development of effective interpersonal and social skills, education, employment and everyday life.


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core

  • SOC 1*# Introduction to Sociology 3
List A
  • SOC 2*# Social Problems 3
  • MATH 14*# Introduction to Statistics 4
List B (Choose six units from the following) 6
  • PSYC 15 Social Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 25*# Sociology of Minorities (3 units)
  • SOC 30*# Sociology of Gender (3 units)
List C (Choose three units from the following) 3
  • Any List A or List B course not used above
  • ANTH 2*# Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
  • GEOG 1B*# Human Geography (3 units)
  • PSYC 1A*# General Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 15*# Sociology of Mass Media (3 units)
  • SOC 70* Social Welfare (3 units)

*May be used to fulfill CSU General Education requirements. See a counselor.

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 19

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 11-17**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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