Academic Catalog

Sociology, AA-T

Program Description

Sociology is the scientific or systematic study of human groups and societies and patterns of interaction in real life settings. It uses a variety of research and theoretical perspectives to analyze and explain human social behavior and social change. As all human behavior is essentially social, sociology students examine a wide range of human interactions.

Foothill College's sociology program includes a range of courses that analyze sociological topics and enable students to develop and apply a "sociological imagination" or the ability to examine the broader connections between personal life, public issues and the social structure. Sociology, with its extensive scope of subject matter, provides a valuable major for a diverse range of career paths.

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree (AA-T) is designed to prepare students to transfer to local California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer Degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to local CSUs for sociology majors and majors in related disciplines. The AA-T degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many local CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local. The AA-T degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in social research methods, and understanding patterns of inter-personal behavior, and will also offer a wide variety of electives in sociology courses for students to develop a broad knowledge base of human social behavior. In addition, students will develop strong critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the requirements of upper division course work.

Learn more about the program on the Sociology website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the core concepts of sociology: social structure, culture, social stratification and inequality, race, ethnicity, gender and globalization.
  • Students will be able to apply their understanding of sociology to their professional, personal and civic lives.

Units Required

  • Major: 27-28

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (26-28 units2, of which 18-24 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
SOC 1INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY5
or SOC 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
And select two courses each from List A and List B:17-18
List A
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
INTEGRATED STATISTICS II
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
MAJOR SOCIAL PROBLEMS
List B
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS 1
INTEGRATED STATISTICS II
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS 1
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME
MAJOR SOCIAL PROBLEMS 1
RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Support Courses
Select one course from the following:4-5
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
CRITICAL THINKING & WRITING
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
HUMAN SEXUALITY
SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY
Total Units26-28