Bakersfield College

Sociology

Sociology 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, theories, methods and core concepts of 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.

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.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 19-20

Required Courses (10-11 units)

Course # Name Units
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0

Select 2 courses from the following list:

Course # Name Units
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
or
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0

List A - Select 2 (6 units) from the following:

Course # Name 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

List B: Select one (3-4 units)

Any course not already used from either Required Core or List A

Recommended Sequence

Semester 1 (15 units)

Course # Name Units
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
or
COMM B4 Persuasive Communication 3.0
or
COMM B8 Small Group Communication 3.0
GE Area C1 Any allowable course in Arts and Humanities CSU Breadth Area C1 3.0

Semester 2 (15 units)

Course # Name Units
PSYC B5 Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
PHIL B7 Introduction to Logic 3.0
HIST B20A African American History of the United States 3.0
or
HIST B20B African American History/U.S. 3.0
or
HIST B30A Early Chicano History 3.0
or
HIST B30B History of Chicanos in the Southwest 3.0
or
HIST B36 History of Native American Indians 3.0
SOCI B2 Problems of Modern Society (recommended) 3.0
or
PSYC B6 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
varies Transferable Elective depending upon total 1.0-2.0

Semester 3 (15 units)

Course # Name Units
SOCI B28 Introduction to Gender 3.0
varies Any CSU GE Breadth Area B1 or B2 course: any allowable course in physical or life sciences w/o lab 3.0
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition (recommended) or Any CSU GE Breadth Area C2 course 3.0
SOCI B45 Minority Relations (recommended) 3.0
or
SOCI B20 Social Psychology (recommended) 3.0
or
CRIM B1 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
varies Transferable Elective 3.0

Select 4 (15 units)

Course # Name Units
SOCI B45 Minority Relations (recommended) 3.0
or
SOCI B20 Social Psychology (recommended) 3.0
or
CRIM B1 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
varies Any CSU GE Breadth area B1 or B2: any allowable course in physical or life sciences (not already used) with lab 4.0
varies Any CSU GE Breadth area C: any allowable course in the Arts and Humanities 3.0
varies Transferable Elective 2.0
varies Transferable Elective (or other SOCI course if SOCI B28 was not completed as part of Lifelong Learning course – area E) 3.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 19-20 19-20
Possible double counting of GE’s 9-12 9-12
General Education N/A N/A
Electives (Transferrable) 11-13 13-15
Degree Total 60 60
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