Liberal Arts AA – Sociology Option

Code: AA.LA.SOC

The Sociology option 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 and 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.