Technically, Sociology is the study of human society – usually the kind of societies that emerged since the industrial revolution. So, while there is overlap with anthropology and history, the time frame in sociology is the most recent part of the human story. Sociology is concerned with groups (age, ethnicity, gender, political), institutions (education, family, media, medicine & health, law, science, work), and processes (socialization throughout the life course, globalization and democratization). Sociology is also concerned with power and inequity (who has less/more and why).

Core Sociology classes include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems and Deviance
  • Statistics

Related electives include:

  • Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations in America
  • Gender, Culture and Society
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Constitutional Government
  • Cultural Geography
  • General Psychology

Sociology Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

Associate's Level:
Bachelor's Level:
Master's/Doctorate Level:
Social Services Assistant Youth Outreach Worker Counseling or Advocacy
Criminal Justice Clerk Social Services  Case Manager Social Work
Peer Support Specialist Non-profit Manager Research or Public Administration
Human Resources Assistant Admissions or Career Counselor Lawyer
Domestic Violence Advocate Criminology Assistant College Professor

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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