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AA Transfer Sociology

Program Description

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

Foothill College's sociology 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..

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in Sociology and majors in a related discipline at a CSU campus. Students completing this program are guaranteed admission to the CSU system but not necessarily to a particular campus or major of choice. Students should consult with a counselor for more information on admission to specific universities and their transfer requirements as individual schools may require different or additional coursework to that listed for the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree. The AA-T degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in social research methods, and understanding patterns of inter-personal behavior, and will also offer a wide variety of electives in sociology courses for students to develop a broad knowledge base of human social behavior. In addition, students will develop strong critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the requirements of upper division course work.

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, gender and globalization.

Students will be able to apply their understanding of sociology to their professional, personal and civic lives.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of social inequality and be able to apply sociological concepts to address social injustices.

Units Required

Major: 27-28

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core courses (26-28 units**, of which 20 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

** Note that a minimum of 27 units must be completed for the major.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Online Courses for Sociology AAT

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule 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.


Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
SOC 20 Major Social Problems 4

And select TWO courses from List A: (8-9 Units)

List A
SOC 8 Popular Culture 4
SOC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
SOC 14 Sociology of Crime 4
SOC 15 Law & Society 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 4
SOC 45 Sociology of Sexuality 4

And select one course from List B: (4-5 Units)

List B

Any course not used in List A

ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
ECON 25 The Global Economy 4
ETHN 1 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 4
GEOG 2 Human Geography 4
GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies 4
GLST 2 Global Issues 4
PHIL 1 Critical Thinking & Writing 5
PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
or PSYC 1H Honors General Psychology 5
PSYC 49 Human Sexuality 4
SOC 11 Introduction to Social Welfare 5
SOC 19 Alcohol & Drug Abuse 4
Total Units   26-28

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Sociology 2023-2024.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.