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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Sociology

Sociology is the scientific or systematic study of human groups and societies and patterns of interaction in real life settings. It uses a variety of research and theoretical perspectives to analyze and explain human social behavior and social change. As all human behavior is essentially social, sociology students examine a wide range of human interactions.

This program includes a range of courses that analyze sociological topics and enable students to develop and apply a Sociological Imagination or the ability to examine the broader connections between personal life, public issues and the social structure.

Sociology, with its extensive scope of subject matter, provides a valuable major for a diverse range of career paths.

Foothill College offers a Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer degree (See the Sociology AA-T program curriculum sheet) and a general Sociology Associate in Arts program.

Learn more about the program on the Sociology website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the core concepts of sociology: social structure, culture, social stratification and inequality, race, ethnicity, and gender and globalization.
  • Students will be able to apply their understanding of sociology to their professional, personal and civic lives.

Career Opportunities

A major in sociology prepares students to seek employment in various employment sectors. The level of education completed influences the range of career opportunities offered. Advanced degrees in sociology broaden students' career paths to include high school through university teaching, research, consulting, business, politics, journalism, public relations, and public administration and all fields that require strong analytical skills and attention to issues of diversity. As a liberal arts major, sociology also provides a foundation for various professions such as social welfare, law, marketing, non-profit management, and counseling. Regardless of focus, all sociology students should become proficient in writing and speaking, research techniques, and technology.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 30
English proficiency:
ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

A minimum of 90 units is required to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • Foothill General Education
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or
    • the Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (17 units)
  • Support courses (13 units)
  • Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Online Courses for Sociology

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1S Integrated Composition & Reading  
and ENGL 1T and Integrated Composition & Reading 8
Mathematics Proficiency: Select one of the following
MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra 5
MATH 180 Quantitative Reasoning 5
or  any MATH course approved for Foothill GE area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking  

Core Courses (17 units)

SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
And 12 Units from the following:
SOC 8 Popular Culture 4
SOC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
or PSYC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
SOC 11 Introduction to Social Research 5
SOC 14 Sociology of Crime 4
SOC 15 Law & Society 4
SOC 19 Alcohol & Drug Abuse 4
SOC 20 Major Social Problems 4
SOC 23 Race & Ethnic Relations 4
SOC 28 Sociology of Gender 4
SOC 30 Social Psychology 4
or PSYC 30 Social Psychology 4
SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family

Support Courses (13 units)

Select 13 units from the following:

ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
CHLD 8 Child, Family & Community 4
CHLD 51A Affirming Diversity in Education 4
ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 5
ECON 9 Political Economy 4
or ECON 9H Honors Political Economy 4
or POLI 9 Political Economy 4
or POLI 9H Honors Political Economy 4
GEOG 2 Human Geography 4
HIST 8 History of Latin America 4
HIST 10 History of California: The Multicultural State 4
HIST 17C History of the United States from 1914 to the Present 4
or HIST 17CH Honors History of the United States from 1914 to the Present 4
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
or PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
PHIL 1 Critical Thinking & Writing 5
PSYC 22 Psychology of Prejudice & Discrimination 4
SOC 45 Sociology of Sexuality 4
SOC 54H Honors Institute Seminar in Sociology 1
WMN 5 Introduction to Women's Studies 4
WMN 21 Psychology of Women: Sex & Gender Differences 4
or PSYC 21 Psychology of Women: Sex & Gender Differences 4
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a complete list of degree requirements, please visit Sociology 2021-2022 in Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2021 - 2022 degree program.