SOCIOLOGY

Associate in Arts Degree: Sociology for Transfer

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to analyze a social issue using sociological concepts.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 18
 

    Units
SOCI-101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
OR    
SOCI-101H Introduction to Sociology - Honors 3.0
     
Plus six units from the following:  
     
SOCI-102 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods 3.0
MATH-140 Introductory Statistics 4.0
OR    
MATH-140H Introductory Statistics - Honors 4.0
OR    
PSYCH-104 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3.0
OR    
SOCI-137 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3.0
     
Plus six units from the following:  
     
PSYCH-109 Social Psychology 3.0
SOCI-103 Intimate Relationships and Families 3.0
OR    
SOCI-103H Intimate Relationships and Families - Honors 3.0
SOCI-108 Thinking Critically About Social Issues 3.0
SOCI-150 Introduction to Criminology 3.0
SOCI-200 Introduction to Women's Studies 3.0
OR    
SOCI-200H Introduction to Women's Studies - Honors 3.0
SOCI-207 Social Problems 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following that have not already been selected from the courses listed above:
     
PSYCH-109 Social Psychology 3.0
SOCI-103 Intimate Relationships and Families 3.0
OR    
SOCI-103H Intimate Relationships and Families - Honors 3.0
SOCI-105 Multiculturalism in the United States 3.0
SOCI-108 Thinking Critically About Social Issues 3.0
SOCI-110 Self and Society 3.0
SOCI-136 Field Experience in Qualitative Research 2.0 - 3.0
SOCI-150 Introduction to Criminology 3.0
SOCI-200 Introduction to Women's Studies 3.0
OR    
SOCI-200H Introduction to Women's Studies - Honors 3.0
SOCI-207 Social Problems 3.0
SOCI-208 Sociology of Death and Dying 3.0
SOCI-210 Sociology of Deviance, Crime and Social Control 3.0
SOCI-230 Sociology of Sexualities 3.0
SOCI-233 Sociological Issues of Life and Longevity 3.0


Associate in Arts Degree: Sociology

The Sociology major is designed to prepare students for further studies in the discipline which will lead to the B.A., M.A., and/or Ph.D.degrees. The Associate in Arts degree in Sociology will provide an introduction to the major theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, and related sub-areas associated with the field. The degree incorporates the primary courses required for the baccalaureate degree at many four-year colleges and universities, as well as establishes the foundation needed for later graduate studies. Students can also pursue the A.A. degree in Sociology, yet decide not to attain the baccalaureate degree. The field of sociology provides students with a broad based knowledge of human behavior and social interaction, which is transferable to a multitude of areas, including education, law, medicine, government, administration of justice, and organizations.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to analyze a social issue using sociological concepts.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 24
 

    Units
SOCI-101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
  OR  
SOCI-101H Introduction to Sociology - Honors 3.0
     
Plus the following:  
     
SOCI-102 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods 3.0
SOCI-108 Thinking Critically About Social Issues 3.0
     
Plus 12 units from the following:  
     
SOCI-103 Intimate Relationships and Families 3.0
OR    
SOCI-103H Intimate Relationships and Families - Honors 3.0
SOCI-105 Multiculturalism in the United States 3.0
SOCI-110 Self and Society 3.0
SOCI-150 Introduction to Criminology 3.0
SOCI-200 Introduction to Women's Studies 3.0
OR    
SOCI-200H Introduction to Women's Studies - Honors 3.0
SOCI-205 Society and the Environment 3.0
SOCI-207 Social Problems 3.0
SOCI-208 Sociology of Death and Dying 3.0
SOCI-210 Sociology of Deviance, Crime and Social Control 3.0
SOCI-230 Sociology of Sexualities 3.0
SOCI-233 Sociological Issues of Life and Longevity 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
SOCI-137 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3.0
MATH-140 Introductory Statistics 4.0
MATH-140H Introductory Statistics - Honors 4.0
     
Recommended electives:  
     
SOCI-136 Field Experience in Qualitative Research 2.0


SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines small group interactions and cultural patterns of American and other societies using the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological principles and applications to explain how values, roles, norms, social interaction, and social inequality as well as other concepts influence individuals, groups, and society.


SOCI 101H INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY - HONORS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Examines small group interactions and cultural patterns of American and other societies using the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological principles and applications to explain how values, roles, norms, social interaction, and social inequality as well as other concepts influence individuals, groups, and society. Additional reading, writing, and research techniques are required.


SOCI 102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces scientific methods used in contemporary sociological research with focus on ethics, quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, and data analysis.


SOCI 103 INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the various forms of intimate partner relationships that exist within a diverse, multicultural society. Social, cultural, and political constructs that apply to the definition, status, and legality of human partnerships are analyzed.


SOCI 103H INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES - HONORS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Examines the various forms of intimate partner relationships that exist within a diverse, multicultural society. Social, cultural, and political constructs that apply to the definition, status, and legality of human partnerships are analyzed. Additional reading, writing, and research techniques are required.


SOCI 105 MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Explores several levels of cultural diversity in the context of a complex, modern society, while providing the skills to understand and live in an increasingly multicultural U.S. society


SOCI 108 THINKING CRITICALLY ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Compares and contrasts the content, meaning and interpretation of social phenomena as reported by the media and scientific community. Literary criticism, logic, argumentation, and persuasion are used to analyze the content and validity of social issues. UC credit limitation: PHILOS-205 and SOCI-108 combined, maximum credit one course.


SOCI 110 SELF AND SOCIETY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines ways in which culture and socialization affect individual conduct, including social structures and social institutions, and their effect on the development of self identity, attitudes, values, and norms of social behavior.


SOCI 136 FIELD EXPERIENCE IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Units: 2.00-3.00
CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 54.00-108.00 hours lab
May be taken two times for credit
Recommended Preparation: SOCI-102

Integrates lecture and field experience to enable students to learn and practice qualitative research skills. Field trips are required.


SOCI 137 STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: MATH-070 or MATH-075

Examines methods used in sociology to gather quantitative data and to compute, interpret, apply, and present statistical analyses via the use of SPSS. UC credit limitation: ECON-291, MATH-140, MATH-140H, PSYCH-104 and SOCI-137 combined, maximum credit one course.


SOCI 150 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Explores the scientific study of crime and criminality and the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior.


SOCI 200 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Provides an overview of the academic field of womens studies, including the topics of socialization, communication, politics, crime, sexuality, and religion.


SOCI 200H INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES - HONORS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Provides an overview of the academic field of women's studies, including the social and cultural consequences of living in a 'gendered world.' Socialization, communication, politics, crime, sexuality, and religion are examined, as well as the historical and cross-cultural aspects of gender relationships. Additional reading, writing, and research techniques are required.


SOCI 201 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines violence as it affects various interpersonal and intimate relationships within U.S. domestic environments, including maltreatment types, intergenerational connections, and recurrence patterns that prevail in the absence of effective intervention.


SOCI 205 SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the interconnections between the social and biological features of society, as well as the sociological ramifications of environmental policies and cultural practices.


SOCI 207 SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Applies sociological principles and the research process to identify and analyze selected contemporary social problems that are occurring in the United States. Issues of crime, substance abuse, overpopulation, poverty, gender violence, and the environment are examined nationally, while global comparisons are also reviewed.


SOCI 208 SOCIOLOGY OF DEATH AND DYING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the cultural, social, and political meanings of death as it exists within the United States and abroad while analyzing the importance of death and its related processes as parts of socially constructed meanings recognized and practiced by society.


SOCI 210 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANCE, CRIME AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Provides a sociological explanation of deviance, crime, and social control found within the United States, including the societal norms, values, and beliefs that influence socially constructed definitions of deviant behavior.


SOCI 220 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the field of human services, including the historical developments, populations, and issues it serves. Emphasizes the role of social work and its related agencies and organizations in the intervention, assessment, and prevention of social conditions among client groups, including those affected by alcohol and substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, child maltreatment, and elder abuse.


SOCI 230 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Exlores sociological perspectives, theories, and research of sexuality from historical and contemporary social, cultural, and gendered contexts in a diverse society.


SOCI 233 SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES OF LIFE AND LONGEVITY
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the life course of older adults and the aging process, including the cultural, social, and political influences that shape concepts of growing old.


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