Students who obtain the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T) will fulfill general education and transfer requirements that prepare students for further study in sociology and related fields. Sociology provides students with career opportunities in education, criminology and law, social work, urban planning, and public policy. Most career options require more than two years of college study.

A California Community College student who has earned the Associates in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements. Once admitted, the student will only be required to complete 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar baccalaureate degree.

For students working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in sociology with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there’s a lot of overlap in coursework. The differences between what UC expects and what CSU requires for sociology transfer students is that the UC pathway expects courses in both statistics and research methods while CSU doesn’t. Additional courses required for CSU may be eligible for UC credit at some campuses. Check for details.

Major Requirements (18-19 units)

 Core Courses (6 units)
  • SOCIL 1 Introduction To Sociology (3 units)
  • SOCIL 2 Social Problems 3
Topical Courses (choose two – 6 units)
  • SOCIL 5 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 units)
  • SOCIL 6 Sociology of Sex and Gender  (3 units)
  • SOCIL 10 Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 units)
Methods Course (choose one* – 3-4 units)
  • SOCIL 8 Social Science Research Methods (3 units)
  • STAT 1 Introduction To Statistical Methods (4 units)

*Students transferring to UC are advised to take both courses

Elective (choose one – 3-4 units)
  • Any course not selected from above (3-4 units), or
  • PSYCH 22 Social Psychology (3 units)
Additional Degree Requirements
  • Fulfill CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements
  • Complete 60 units of CSU transferable coursework*
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • Complete all degree-applicable courses with a grade of C or better (or a P)

*All courses required for the major are CSU/UC transferable and can count towards the 60 units and the GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between theory and evidence in the social sciences by comparing and applying major sociological theories and by citing and evaluating evidence to support claims about the social world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept and the consequences of social construction as they relate to major social stratification categories like class, race, and gender.
  • Develop and apply a “sociological imagination” to recognize the role social forces play in shaping the lives of individuals.
  • Complete transfer requirements for further study in sociology and related fields.