Program Purpose: Students who complete Sociology courses will utilize the sociological perspective to better understand self in the context of social groups and social institutions in society.
The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T) degree program is designed for students intending to major in Sociology, or a similar major at a four-year institution and for students interested in studying Sociology for a general understanding of social behavior useful in any career or life area. Students who complete the Sociology program will utilize the sociological perspective to better understand self in the context of social groups and social institutions in society. The program will also prepare students who are interested in studying Sociology for a general understanding of social behavior, the web and rhythm of human behavior including intimate, personal, and family relationships.
Students planning to transfer need to consult with a counselor, prepare a Student Education Plan, and take advantage of the support services available in the Career Transfer Center located in Fountain Hall, (805) 378-1536. See General Education Degree Requirements and Transfer Information.
Provides on-the-job learning to develop effective work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in paid or unpaid internships that are related to the discipline. Involves the development and documentation of learning objectives and the completion of an internship paper, presentation, or project. Includes both workplace supervisor and faculty adviser feedback and/or written evaluations.
Analyzes basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of social research. Emphasizes the analysis and understanding of social structure, social interaction, socialization and the self, social stratification, cultural diversity, social change, and global dynamics.
Analyzes basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of social research. Emphasizes the analysis and understanding of social structure, social interaction, socialization and the self, social stratification, cultural diversity, social change, and global dynamics. Honors work challenges students to be more analytical and creative through expanded assignments, real-world applications and enrichment opportunities.
Identifies and analyzes contemporary social problems. Includes the role of power and ideology in the definition of social problems, their causes and consequences, evaluations of proposed solutions, and methods of intervention. OTHER: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP2811 for 45 contact hours.
Examines fundamental elements of empirical research and the ways in which sociologists gather, evaluate and critique social data. Includes attention to the nature of theory, hypotheses, variables, and ethics of research. Applies qualitative and quantitative analytic tools including logic and research design, such as survey, observational, experimental, case study, and comparative historical research. Focuses on data analysis using a software package.
Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Sociology through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact a Sociology instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic.
Analyzes from a social perspective intimacies, relationships and commitments in partnerships, marriages, and families, with special focus on family as an institution. Includes the examination of historical and recent changes, present nature and the socio-cultural and economic forces shaping these changes. OTHER: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number CEP2811 for 45 contact hours.
Examines the social construction of gender, trans-gender, masculinity and femininity historically and cross-culturally. Integrates into this examination the variations that exist among people of different gender in relation to class, race and sexuality. Analyzes the impact of economic and political change on gender expectations and practices. Explores at both a macro and micro level how institutions shape gender and how individuals are socialized to “do” gender. Applies feminist scholarship.
Examines the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, and racial and ethnic inequalities. Studies patterns of interactions between various racial and ethnic groups, as well as the experiences within each group and reviews how racial and ethnic experiences vary. OTHER: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP2811 for 45 contact hours.
Analyzes the sociological aspects of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. Explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Discusses the measurement of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. OTHER: Provider number CEP 2811 for 45 contact hours.
Explores the foundational role religion plays in influencing beliefs values, laws and practices in society. Introduces the student to Sociological concepts in the study of religious life via examples from world religions practiced in the United States and elsewhere. Examines how social changes affect religious life in society.
Examines the various perspectives, theories, and forms of sociological deviance. Focuses on such deviance as alcohol and drug use, sexual, criminal, mental, religious, and suicidal behaviors. OTHER: Provider number CEP 2811 for 45 contact hours.
Analyzes the cultural and historical bases of organized crime and terrorism. Discusses the social and theoretical background of the phenomena, the roles of culture and religion, and examples of organized criminal and terrorist activities. Reviews the social, legal, military, and criminal justice options in dealing with organized crime and terrorism.