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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.

Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator

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.

(714) 892-7711 x58300

Office: ADMIN 221


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