Bakersfield College



Associate in Arts Degree 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, theories, methods and core concepts of the sociology.
  • Explain the complex interplay between individual, culture, and social structure contributing to the historical development of the discipline of sociology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize the sociological perspective to critically analyze and describe the diverse intersections of social categories, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and nationality.

Total Units: 19-21

Required Courses

10-11 units

Course # Name Units
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
SOCI B2 Problems of Modern Society 3.0
PSYC B6 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
PSYC B5* Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
List A - Select 6 units from the following:
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
List B: Select 3-4 units not already used from either Required Core or List A
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 19-21 19-21
Possible double counting of GE's 10-12 10-12
General Education 39 37
Electives (CSU Transferrable) 12 14
Degree Total 60 60
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