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Sociology, Associate of Arts Degree Major


Sociology is the study of social life and focuses on the interaction between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other. Sociology ranges from the study of relationships in family units in the most primitive cultures to the research of large bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Sociology also studies more tangible measures of human behavior such as class or social status, social movements, and criminal deviance.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and the use of sociological theory in analyzing social reality.
  2. Develop an understanding of the sociological perspectives and apply the logic to the analysis of issues.
  3. Articulate the process of social change and diversity in the U.S. and in the international context.
  4. Distinguish between personal opinion and evidence gathered using the scientific process.

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Requirements for the Major

Course Title Units
Required Courses
Students will complete all of the following:
SOC C100Introduction to Sociology3
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
Program Electives
Select four of the following:11.5-14
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Human Services
Helping Theories and Intervention Strategies
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Treatment Issues in Substance Abuse
Human Relations in Business
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Introduction to Gerontology
Globalization and Social Change
International Language Course (maximum 5 units)
ARAB C180Elementary Arabic 15
ARAB C185Elementary Arabic 25
CHIN C180Elementary Chinese 15
CHIN C185Elementary Chinese 25
FREN C180Elementary French 15
FREN C185Elementary French 25
FREN C280Intermediate French 14
FREN C285Intermediate French 24
JAPN C180Elementary Japanese 15
JAPN C185Elementary Japanese 25
SIGN C180American Sign Language 14
SIGN C185American Sign Language 24
SPAN C180Elementary Spanish 15
SPAN C180AElementary Spanish 1A2.5
SPAN C180BElementary Spanish 1B2.5
SPAN C185Elementary Spanish 25
SPAN C280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN C285Intermediate Spanish 24
VIET C160Vietnamese For Vietnamese Speakers5
VIET C180Elementary Vietnamese 15
VIET C185Elementary Vietnamese 25
Subtotal for Major18.5-21
Requirement Units
Total Units for Major Preparation 18.5-21
Degree Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60