Liberal Arts AA – Sociology Option

Code: AA.LA.SOC

The Associate in Arts (AA) Degree Program in Sociology is designed to be a transfer program and to give students a general foundation in sociological theories and research methods as related to the study of society, social behavior, and contemporary social issues.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the three major sociological perspectives (i.e., structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism) to social phenomena presented in each of their elective courses.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of cultural diversity and be able to apply the perspective of cultural relativism when viewing the complex social world in which in we all live.
  • Utilize the scientific method and the unique quantitative and qualitative tools developed by sociologists to objectively analyze social environments
  • Evaluate and utilize materials found on the internet and other sources.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the ways in which sociologists examine their social world.
  • State and support their own views on sociological issues addressed in their courses, both orally and in writing, with logical rigor and clarity.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
SOC-101Sociology

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS  History Elective* 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  Or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Diversity Elective‡ 3
PSY-101General Psychology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

SOC  Sociology Electives 6
HIS  History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

SOC  Sociology Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives*** 6
  Free Electives‡‡ 2-4
Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

SOC-101Sociology

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective‡

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

  Sociology Electives 9
  Humanities Electives – two courses to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours:2-6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

***Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: SOC-120; SOC-121; SOC-122; ANT-100; ANT-101; PSY-110; PSY-207.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Sociology course.