Program Description

Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions and social relationships. A key contribution of the discipline is that social factors matter. Our lives are not only shaped by personal psychology, but also by our place in the social world. Sociology examines how social structures, such as the workplace, political, economic, educational and religious institutions affect individuals and how individuals influence these structures. Sociologists also 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. Often such research is aimed at understanding important social issues and problems. Sociologists study the patterns of behavior that characterize human interaction. They seek to discover the main forces that unite and separate social groups and to determine the conditions that transform social life.  

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)


Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements 

REQUIRED COURSE (3 UNITS)

  • SOC 001 — Introductory Sociology 3)

LIST A: SELECT 2 COURSES  (7 UNITS)

  • SOC 002 — Contemporary Social Problems (3)
  • STAT 018 — Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences (4)
    or STAT 050 — Elementary Statistics (4)

LIST B: SELECT 2 COURSES (6 UNITS)

  • SOC 014 — Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
  • SOC 015 — Crime, Delinquency and Society (3)
  • SOC 024 — Marriage and the Family (3)
  • PSYC 023 — Social Psychology (3)

LIST C: SELECT ANY 1 COURSE FROM BELOW OR FROM ANY COURSE NOT USED FROM LIST B (3 UNITS)

  • ANTH 002 — Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PSYC 001 — Introductory Psychology (3)
  • SOC 016 — Urban Sociology (3)
  • SOC 022 — Sociology of Aging (3)
  • SOC 029 — Sociology of the African-American (3)
  • SOC 031 — Chicano Sociology (3)
  • SOC 041 — Sociology of the Asian American (3)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the role of sociological theories in multiple social contexts.
  2. Identify and explain major sociological and theoretical perspectives.
  3. Critically analyze important social issues and problems.
  4. Identify patterns of behavior that characterize human interaction.

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal: 19
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • DEGREE TOTAL: 60