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Sociology AA-T

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T in Sociology) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Sociology. California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T in Sociology) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions.

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T in Sociology) provides a foundation for understanding many aspects of the social sciences, and assists students in comprehending other behavioral sciences. The required courses offer a basic understanding of how people relate to one another, the types of relationships people form, and various aspects and difficulties of such relationships.

Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will utilize the basic principles of sociology to analyze the behavior of people functioning in social groups
  • Students will compare and contrast group dynamics in formal and informal social groups Students will explain formal and informal rules of social behavior.
  • Students will relate social customs and social interactions within specific groups to analysis of how global perspectives affect United States Society.
What is an AA-T?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found on the

To earn this AA-T, students must meet the following requirements:
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of a maximum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Note: Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.

Required Core Courses

SOC 001H and SOC 002H can be taken in lieu of SOC 001 and SOC 002

Code Class Units
SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 002 Social Problems (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

AND a Statistics course

Code Class Units
SOC 016 Introduction to Statistics in Social And Behavioral Sciences (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
MAT 009 Integrated Statistics II (5.0 Lecture) 5.0
MAT 010 Elementary Statistics (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
MAT 010H Elementary Statistics - Honors (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
List A - Complete two (2) of the following courses
Code Class Units
PSY 010 Social Psychology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 021 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 040 Introduction to Marriage and Family (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 047 Sociology of Criminology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
List B - Choose any one of the following courses
Code Class Units
ANT 003 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ECN 001A Principles of Macroeconomics (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
POL 001 American Government (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 001H American Government - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
PSY 001 General Psychology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
PSY 001H General Psychology - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 045 Introduction to Human Sexuality (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

For sections with honors courses, select either the honors version or the non-honors version. 

Required Units for the Major

Required unts for the major 18.0-22.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units for the AA-T 60.0
Career / Transfer Oppportunities

Career opportunities include the following: sociologist, social worker, instructor, foster care worker, probation officer, urban planner, demography analyst, employment counselor, advocate for endangered children, advocate for disabled adults, and advocate for disadvantaged elderly.

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