The Sociology courses at PCC explore society, social institutions, and social relationships. Learn, analyze and deepen your understanding of contemporary social problems, modern family living, ethnic and urban studies, and crime and delinquency. Earn your AA-T, complete your lower division requirements and be ready to transfer and earn your Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.

Our lives are not only shaped by personal psychology, but also by our place in the social world. Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions and social relationships.


Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions and social relationships. Sociology examines how social structures, such as the workplace, political, economic, educational, and religious institutions affect individuals and how individuals influence these structures. In Sociology courses, you will explore how people’s socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexualities, and marital status affect their attitudes, behavior, and chances in life.

Sociologists organize their knowledge in theories which they both create and test through social research, which is aimed at understanding important social issues and problems. Using this research as a basis, you will study the patterns of behavior that characterize human interaction and seek to discover the main forces that unite and separate social groups and to determine the conditions that transform social life.

Each semester we offer a variety of Sociology courses that can be taken individually or as part of a planned program leading to a degree and/or transfer. Use the links below to see full course descriptions and our current offerings.


Sociology | Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Degree 

Earn a degree AND prepare to transfer. By completing the AA-T in Sociology, you will finish the general education requirements as well as the lower division major requirements for a Bachelor degree in Sociology prior to transferring to a CSU.

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Satisfy GE Requirements with Sociology Courses

Most of our Sociology courses will satisfy CSU GEs, IGETC Requirements and GEs for several private and independent institutions. Visit the Transfer Center for resources to help you determine which Sociology courses will satisfy the GEs for your degree and transfer plan.

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With a Sociology degree, you will be well prepared to embark on a career, with a deep understanding of the social word and the ability to critically think about and solve social problems.

Typical career fields of sociology majors include social services, community work, law, education, health services and business.