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Sociology programs are designed to broaden the student’s understanding of the behavior of people in groups, and of the organization and the functioning of society. Programs in sociology may lead to positions in an area such as social work, personnel work, and recreation. Some sociology majors also take education courses in order to be certified as teachers; others continue their education in graduate school.

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This program qualifies for GWC's 2-year completion guarantee!

Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology for Transfer

Required courses

Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree focuses on human interaction at the macro/structural level and the micro/interactive level. Students will learn processes of creation and maintenance of social order, as well as social dynamics, with primary emphasis on cultural diversity. Application of sound theoretical principles and obtaining adequate empirical support are stressed. Completion of this major will provide a solid foundation for people interested in a wide variety of careers, including: social welfare, gerontology, urban planning, business, education, and public health. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Sociology.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Understand various social contexts and be able to communicate effectively within each environment.

2. Use critical thinking skills to apply theoretical constructs to human interaction.

3. Use methodological skills to test theoretical constructs, providing support for theories or disproving them.

4. Build on the work of other social scientists in the understanding of human interaction in the creation and maintenance of social order.

5. Understand processes and effects of social change.

Required courses

SOC G100– Introduction to Sociology– 3 units

SOC G185 – Analysis of Social Problems – 3 units

MATH G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

SOC G110 – Introduction to Marriage and the Family – 3 units

SOC G133 – Racial and Ethnic Relations in America – 3 units

Choose one course from the following:

PSYC G100 – Introduction to Psychology – 3 units

ANTH G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units

GEOG G185 – Human Geography – 3 units 

Major Total: 19 units

GE Pattern CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units

Total units that may be double-counted: 12 units

Transferable electives (as needed to reach 60 units): 14-16 units

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units 

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SOCIOLOGY G100 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Introduction to Sociology

Recommended for every student interested in human behavior, social interrelationships and group organization, foundations of society, culture, social differentiation and social institutions. UC Credit Limitations: Sociology G100 and G100H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID: SOCI 110 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SOCIOLOGY G110 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Introduction to Marriage and the Family

Advisories: SOC G100

An introduction to the dynamics of marriage patterns, divorce and family life, including an analysis of interpersonal attraction, mate selection, marriage, parenthood, changing male and female roles and patterns of interaction within the family. C-ID: SOCI 130 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SOCIOLOGY G111 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Introduction to Social Justice

This course is an applied study to race and ethnicity in the United States. We will examine social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups to better understand the complex socio-economic, cultural and political conditions among key social groups. C-ID SJS 110. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SOCIOLOGY G133 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Racial and Ethnic Relations in America

A social profile of major American racial/ethnic groups. A special examination of the problems of minority assimilation into an otherwise open society and culture. C-ID: SOCI 150 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SOCIOLOGY G134 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Chicano Studies

An overview of the Chicano historical experience and of social development in the U.S. The course will survey the Chicano culture, customs, politics, labor conflict, immigration patterns, achievements and contributions to the American Southwest. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

SOCIOLOGY G160 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Sociology of Criminology

Sociological analysis of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. Explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Discuss measurement of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. C-ID: SOCI 160. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

SOCIOLOGY G185 – 3 Units

Course Outline

Analysis of Social Problems

(Formerly known as: Sociology G150, Social Trends and Problems)

American social problems, value systems within which problems develop: industrialization, population, crime and delinquency, family, race relations, education, health care, drugs and alcohol and violence. C-ID: SOCI 115 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Sociology will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website:

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

The following is a partial list of occupations available to Sociology Majors:

  • Anthropologist—M/D
  • Case Worker–AA
  • City Manger—B
  • Consultant–D
  • Counselor—M
  • Criminologist–B
  • Demographer—B
  • Educator—B/D
  • Foreign Service Worker—V
  • Gerontologist–B
  • Historian—M/D
  • Human Services Worker—V/B
  • Labor Relations Specialist—B
  • Minister—P/V
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer—B
  • Political Scientist—B/D
  • Probation Officer—B
  • Psychologist–D
  • Public Administrator—B
  • Public Relations Manager–B
  • Research Assistant—B
  • Social Worker—B/M
  • Sociologist—D
  • Surveying Technician—AA/B
  • Urban Planner—B


AA = Associate degree
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate  (normally awarded following completion of 1yr. or less of training and/ or formal education)
M = Master’s degree (normally one or two years of study after the bachelor’s)
D = Doctoral degree (e.g. Ph. D. and Ed. D, which usually take from three to five years after the bachelor’s
V= Indicates requirements vary greatly and/or vocational training is generally required; may include a combination academic and work experience

Source: Golden West College Career Center


Department Chair: Nina Chapman

Professor, Sociology

B.S., M.A., University of California, Riverside.

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