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Sociology, Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology for Transfer


The Associate in Arts for Transfer Sociology major emphasizes a scientific approach to the study of human society, utilizing a variety of theories and research methods to understand the interaction between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other. Sociology ranges from the study of relationships in intimate social settings to the study of large bureaucratic institutions. Students taking this major will examine a variety of social institutions, including family, religion, and education, and will gain a better understanding of the roles played by social class, gender, and race in shaping social interactions. Successful students will develop their ability to think critically about social relationships, perform scientific social research, construct analytical arguments, and communicate their ideas effectively. Completion of this major will provide a solid foundation for people interested in a wide variety of careers, including law and law enforcement, social welfare, gerontology, urban planning, business, education, and public health.

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 for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).

Requirements for the Major

Course Title Units
Required Course
SOC C100Introduction to Sociology3
List A
Select two of the following:7-8
Analysis of Social Problems
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
List B
Select two of the following or any course from List A not used to fulfill List A requirements:6-7
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Social Psychology
List C
Select one of the following or any course from List A or List B not used to fulfill List A or B requirements:3-4
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Gerontology
Globalization and Social Change
Total Required for the Major19-22
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
Total for Degree60