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Award Type: Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Sociology Program provides quality general education opportunities, which enhance student learning by developing critical thinking skills and by increasing student awareness and understanding of our worlds rich and diverse cultures and human social organization. Sociology is the study of human social behavior, groups, culture and how environments and relationships influence behavior. Sociologists are concerned with social phenomena, such as social stratification, deviant behavior, effects of mass media, urban organization, educational systems, and how societies develop and change. The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to four-year institutions of higher education and specifically intended to satisfy the lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in Sociology at a California State University. Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following: 1. The completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE).  2. A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district. 3. Obtainment of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 4. Minimum grade of C, or P grade, for each course in the major. [The following Allan Hancock College graduation requirements will not be required:Health and Wellness, Multicultural Gender Studies and Allan Hancock College General Education.]

The graduate of the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Sociology will:

  • Develop an awareness of the diversity of cultures around the world.
  • Understand social phenomena from a sociological perspective.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in sociological concepts and terminology.
  • Develop skills in using digital technologies to inquire and communicate sociological data, concepts and theories.

Program Requirements

A major of 18-19 units is required for the degree.

Required Core Courses (12 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
SOC 102 Social Problems 3.0
SOC 110 Introduction to Marriage & Family 3.0
SOC 120 Race and Ethnic Relations 3.0

List A: Select 1 course from the following (3-4 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 123 Elementary Statistics 4.0
SOC 104 Social Science Research Methods 3.0

List B: Select 1 course from any not selected in List A or from the following (3 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0
ECON 141 Global Economics 3.0
GBST 101 Introduction to Global Studies 3.0
GEOG 102 Human Geography 3.0
SOC 155 Media and Society 3.0
SOC 160 Cities and Urban Life 3.0

General Education

Complete one of the following:

a) CSU General Education Breadth - 39 units


b) Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) - 37 units

Double counting:

A maximum of 9-12 units may be double counted for the major and CSU GE or IGETC.

Select additional CSU transferrable units as needed to achieve 60 units required for the degree.

Visit myHancock and select the DegreeWorks icon to view CSU or IGETC general education and transferrable courses.


Last Modified Apr 16, 2024