Associate in Arts, Sociology Sociology Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

Human interaction fascinates you, and people-watching is one of your favorite pastimes. Studying sociology shines a spotlight on the causes and effects of human behavior on society as a whole, and examines how race, gender, class, religion, education, and politics affect how a society develops, functions, and evolves over time. 

Get ready to engage in challenging, thought-provoking discussions about culture, diversity, and immigration in your sociology coursework on your way to becoming a counselor, sociologist, or activist. Your career in the enlightening field of sociology begins at MCC.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Sociology (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8119
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Sociology Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Sociology
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Sociology

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with several of the major classical and contemporary sociological theoretical perspectives and how they can be used to analyze contemporary or historical events or phenomena.
  • Recognize some of the ways in which individuals’ biographies are shaped by institutions, patterns of social inequalities, and privileges or cultural practice.
  • Explain sociology as a discipline, including how it is a unique social science, how it contributes to a liberal arts education, and how the sociological imagination applies to reality.
  • Evaluate the diversity of the U.S., including race, ethnicity, gender, and sexualities, and their place in the global context.
  • Critically evaluate diverse social and political arguments in light of empirical data.
  • Formulate effective and convincing written and oral arguments that integrate sociological evidence.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major sociological research methods including qualitative and quantitative techniques as part of the research design.
  • Develop strong analytical skills, learn to solve problems, identify opportunities, and develop proposed policies or action plans in light of theory and data.

Career Opportunities

Studying sociology can offer a wide range of career opportunities. Sociology majors can find opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working in areas as diverse as human resource, public relations, research, community health, and more.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Sociology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

$50,805

Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers

$59,991

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$58,129

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
L or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course or Elective L 3
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3
Related Area
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) 3
Elective Elective course 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC Elective Select a SOC course that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalency or departmental elective 3
Related Area Related Area Course 3
Related Area Related Area Course 3
Related Area Related Area Course 3
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4

Related Area Requirement: 

Select courses that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives:

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AFR+++ Any African American Studies course(s) 3
ASB+++ Any Anthropology course(s) 3
CCS+++ Any Chicana and Chicano Studies 3
ECN+++ Any Economics course(s) 3
GCU+++ Any Cultural Geography course(s) 3
HIS+++ Any History course(s) 3
POS+++ Any Political Science course(s) 3
PSY+++ Any Psychology course(s) 3
WST+++ Any Women's Studies course(s) 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 or
L or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course or Elective Course carries L Value.
If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 or any course that carries the L value.
L 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems SOC212 carries C, SB values.
SOC241 carries C, SB values.
SOC251 carries SB value and fulfills SOC BS requirement and Related Area #1 of BA
C, SB or SB 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3
Related Area Related Area Course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC Elective Select a SOC course that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalency or departmental elective 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or SQ
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Related Area Related Area Course 3
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Related Area
HU Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Related Area Related Area Course 3
CS

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Sociology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134036).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019