The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to four-year institutions of higher education and specifically intended to satisfy the lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in Sociology at a California State University. It will also provide the student with a sufficient academic basis from which to pursue a career in the social science professions. The student will be afforded the opportunity to study the nature of the human affinity for aggregation and the complexities of societal organization. The breadth of Sociology will be examined to include the historical and contemporary theory and research as the basis from which to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding of the world in which we live.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the historical and contemporary theoretical frameworks that form the basis of Sociological study.
  • Demonstrate the utility of past and present sociological research and the research methodologies that form the basis of sociological inquiry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be academically proficient in at least two specific areas of sociological emphasis, i.e., Marriage and Family, Race/Ethnicity, Culture, Crime and Deviance, Social Problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles for at least one of the social sciences beyond Sociology, i.e., Anthropology or Psychology.
Required Courses (18-19 units) Units
SOC-1*/1H* Introduction to Sociology/Honors 3
Electives A Choose from list A below 6-7
Electives B Choose from list B below 6
Electives C Choose from list C below 3
Electives - List A (6-7 units) Units
MAT-12*/12H* Statistics/Honors 4
PSY/SOC-48* Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
SOC-2* American Social Problems 3
SOC-50* Introduction to Social Research Methods 3
Electives - List B (6 units) Units
PSY-8 Introduction to Social Psychology 3
SOC-10* Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC-12* Marriage Family Relations 3
SOC-20* Introduction to Criminology 3
SOC-25 Introduction to the Sociology of Sex and Gender 3
Electives - List C (3 units) Units
ANT-2*2H* Cultural Anthropology /Honors 3
PSY-1*/1H* General Psychology/Honors 3
SOC-3*  Social Inequality 3
SOC-15 Introduction to Women's Studies 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).