Bakersfield College

Sociology

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer is intended for those transfer-directed students who plan to complete an AA in Sociology because it guarantees admission to the CSU system (but not to a particular campus or major). In order to earn the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework which includes the CSU General Education or IGETC requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated high-unit major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. No additional graduation requirements are required to complete this degree.

Sociology is the study of groups, institutions, social relationships, and social problems in contemporary society. The sociology major prepares the student for careers in law, social work, human services, urban development, law enforcement agencies, public service, counseling, mental health, teaching, and community service. Students will be prepared for a baccalaureate degree in Sociology or a similar degree.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts for Transfer
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer degree.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 19 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, theories, methods and core concepts of the social sciences.
  • explain the major problems and issues in the disciplines in their contemporary, historical and geographical contexts.
  • demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to describe the contributions and perspectives of women, ethnic and other minorities, and Western and non-Western peoples.

Required Subtotal:  19.0
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39.0
Transfer Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total:  60.0


Required Courses

Course Number Title Units
SOCI B1* Introduction to Sociology 3.0

Group A: Any two of the following courses: 7 units

Course Number Title Units
SOCI B2* Problems of Modern Society 3.0
PSYC B5* Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
PSYC B6* Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0

Group B: Select two of the following courses: 6 units

Course Number Title Units
SOCI B28* Introduction to Gender 3.0
SOCI B45* Minority Relations 3.0
CRIM B1* Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
SOCI B20* Social Psychology 3.0

Group C: Select one course from list C which includes the course below and any course in lists A & B not already used: 2 units

Course Number Course Title Units
SOCI B36* Sociology of the Chicano 3.0

Additional Courses

Any transferable anthropology or psychology course 3.0

*Courses with an asterisk can be double counted for General Education. No additional graduation requirements are required to complete this degree.


**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

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