Behavioral and Social Sciences Division
The sociology degree provides students with a foundation in the science of sociology. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the student will acquire an understanding of major sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives on social problems and social life as they apply to the individual, group, and society. Students will also understand the principles of research methods and data analysis. The major prepares students for transfer to four year colleges and universities as part of preparation for careers in sociology or related fields such as teaching, research, social work, public relations, and counseling. Students will demonstrate their proficiency in sociological competencies through examinations and writing assignments on the major sociological theories, topics of sociological study, and research techniques.
The Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing the AA-T are given priority consideration for admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn an AA-T degree, students must complete:
- Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
- A grade of “C”or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Students who have completed the AA-T will have a strong academic foundation in the field and will be prepared for upper division baccalaureate study at the university. The coursework will satisfy most of the lower-division requirements at many institutions within the California State University system. Students transferring to a UC, private, or out-of-state university should consult with an El Camino College counselor when planning to complete the degree since transfer requirements may be slightly different than those required for the AA-T.