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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Sociology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Sociology provides students with the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to earn a bachelor`s degree in Sociology and/or to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology or a related field. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including social, human, and community services, public relations, marketing, sustainability, human resources, education, community health, public relations, and social science research. With a graduate degree, students can pursue employment in several careers including sociologists, social scientists, sociology professors, lawyers, and statisticians.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8119
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Examine different situations using multiple lenses and sociological theories.
  2. Recognize some of the ways in which individuals` biographies and identities, including our own, are shaped through social institutions, patterns of social inequalities, privileges, cultural practices, and biases.
  3. Explain the uniqueness of sociology as a social science discipline.
  4. Apply the sociological perspective about the social world.
  5. Evaluate the diversity of the US, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, gender, and sexualities, and their place in the global context.
  6. Critically evaluate diverse social, cultural, and political perspectives and ideas using evidence- based data.
  7. Communicate in a manner that demonstrates empathy, self-awareness, open mindedness and responsiveness.
  8. Formulate effective and convincing written, oral and visual arguments that integrate sociological evidence.
  9. Employ ethical standards and social responsibility to guide decisions and behaviors.
  10. Locate and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research to analyze social outcomes, behaviors and problems.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

$39,280

Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

$50,140

Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other

$73,450

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$57,480

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$85,600

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Complete one of the following options before transferring to ASU: Non-English language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV OR two (2) semesters of a current computer language (CSC110 and [CSC200 or CSC205]). Alternatively, students can meet ASU`s Languages and Cultures Requirement after transferring by completing an additional 6 credits of upper-division Global or Cultural courses once at ASU.

Complete one of the following options before transferring to ASU: Non-English language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV OR two (2) semesters of a current computer language (CSC110 and [CSC200 or CSC205]). Alternatively, students can meet ASU`s Languages and Cultures Requirement after transferring by completing an additional 6 credits of upper-division Global or Cultural courses once at ASU.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L 0–3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC Elective SOC Elective Select one (1) course for a total of three (3) credits that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalent or Departmental Elective in the ASU SOC prefix 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Complete one of the following options before transferring to ASU: Non-English language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV OR two (2) semesters of a current computer language (CSC110 and [CSC200 or CSC205]). Alternatively, students can meet ASU`s Languages and Cultures Requirement after transferring by completing an additional 6 credits of upper-division Global or Cultural courses once at ASU.

Complete one of the following options before transferring to ASU: Non-English language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV OR two (2) semesters of a current computer language (CSC110 and [CSC200 or CSC205]). Alternatively, students can meet ASU`s Languages and Cultures Requirement after transferring by completing an additional 6 credits of upper-division Global or Cultural courses once at ASU.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC212 or
SOC241 or
SOC251
Gender and Society or Race and Ethnic Relations or Social Problems C, SB or SB 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SOC Elective SOC Elective Select one (1) course for a total of three (3) credits that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalent or Departmental Elective in the ASU SOC prefix 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Sociology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134036).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019