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
Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Non-profit Manager Research or Public Administration
Human Resources Assistant Admissions or Career Counselor Lawyer
Domestic Violence Advocate Criminology Assistant College Professor

Students successfully completing the Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Degree have a solid foundation for pursuing further education in Sociology or a related field. This AA-T degree is specifically designed to streamline transfer to CSU, see for details. UC transfer is streamlined by following a  UC Transfer PathwayPlease see a counselor for your best major prep and general education pattern for your specific goals.

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