Associate in Arts Sociology Emphasis

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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 (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway 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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Advertising and Promotions Managers $69,580
Child, Family, and School Social Workers $36,640
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other $35,540
Community Health Workers $35,120
Compliance Officers $58,650
Computer Occupations, All Other $80,280
Education Teachers, Postsecondary $69,830
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $47,620
Financial Specialists, All Other $69,000
Human Resources Managers $85,120
Human Resources Specialists $54,330
Lawyers $107,270
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,740
Public Relations Specialists $53,020
Social and Community Service Managers $58,400
Social and Human Service Assistants $29,960
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $82,210
Statisticians $75,550
Survey Researchers $39,590
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 Credits
15-16
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Course carries SB Value 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 Credits
15
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 related
3
CRE101 or
COM225 or
L
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course Course carries L Value.
If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 or any course that carries the L value.
3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
HU or
HU & C
Humanities, Arts, & Design Course or Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) and a Cultural and Diversity (C) Course 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences Course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
SOC212 or
SOC157 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Sociology of Families and Relationships or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems SOC212 carries C, SB Values. SOC157 carries SB Value. SOC241 carries C, SB Values. SOC251 carries SB Value and fulfills SOC Elective and Related Area # 2 for a BA.
Need 6 hours of SOC LD Elective for Tempe BS with Direct Equivalency or Departmental Elective - these courses have direct equivalencies
3
HU and (G or H) Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) course that carries the Global or Historical value. 3
Elective Elective course 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
Related Area Related Area Course AFS, ASB, CDE, CSS, ECN, FAS, GCU, HST, POS, PSY, TCL, & WST 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
SOC Restricted Elective Gender and Society Need 6 hours SOC LD Elective for Tempe BS, 3 for BA 3
Related Area Two Related Area Courses AFS, ASB, CDE, CSS, ECN, FAS, GCU, HST, POS, PSY, TCL, & WST 6
Related Area Related Area Course for BS and BA Recommend completing 12 credits of related area versus the original 9 because that will cover requirements for the ASU west BA and BS (they require 9) and the 12 credits of the 15 needed for the ASU Tempe BS. 3
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
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 Credits
6-9
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 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 Credits
6
CRE101 or
COM225 or
L
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course Course carries L Value.
If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 or any course that carries the L value.
3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
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
3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SOC212 or
SOC157 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Sociology of Families and Relationships or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems SOC212 carries C, SB values.
SOC157 carries SB value.
SOC241 carries C, SB values.
SOC251 carries SB value and fulfills SOC elective and Related Area #2 of BA.
3
Related Area Any Related Area Course that carries the SB value 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Course carries SB Value 3
SOC Elective List Any course form the SOC Elective List 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
Elective & HU Any elective course that meets the HU value 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
Related Area Related Area Course that carries the SB value 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 Credits
6
Related Area Related Area Course 3
HU & (G or H) or
SOC Elective
Humanities, Arts, & Design Course that carries the G or H value or SOC Elective 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
HU & (G or H) or
SOC Elective
Humanities, Arts and Design Course or SOC Elective 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3
Elective Elective course 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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 (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.