Sociology - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), 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.


Major Code: 
Associate in Arts, Sociology
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Examine different situations using multiple lenses and sociological theories. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • 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. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • Explain the uniqueness of sociology as a social science discipline. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • Apply the sociological perspective about the social world. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • Evaluate the diversity of the US, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, gender, and sexualities, and their place in the global context. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • Critically evaluate diverse social, cultural, and political perspectives and ideas using evidence- based data. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], [MA])
  • Communicate in a manner that demonstrates empathy, self-awareness, open mindedness and responsiveness. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • Formulate effective and convincing written, oral and visual arguments that integrate sociological evidence. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], [MA], (COM))
  • Employ ethical standards and social responsibility to guide decisions and behaviors. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], (COM))
  • Locate and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research to analyze social outcomes, behaviors and problems. (SOC101, SOC212, SOC241, SOC251, [FYC], [MA], (COM))

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Are you captivated and enthralled by how and why individuals interact the way they do?

Sociology is a major and field of choice that is of interest and relevance to individuals who are observant and mindful of other individual’s behaviors and actions. Sociology is an electrifying and revealing field of study that systematically examines human behavior, human interaction, and human relationships by providing explanations for patterns that emerge. Sociology also analyzes the institutions of society. Sociology’s subject matter is broad and diverse. There is little or nothing in social scope that is not open for study and investigation by a sociologist.

Sociologist’s study and explain matters dealing with the family, such as family conflict, marriage and divorce. They also study and explain deviant and criminal behavior. Matters related to various forms of inequality, such as inequality related to economics, gender, age, race, and sexual orientation is explored, as well as matters related to prejudice and discrimination. Sociologist’s study matters related to schools and education, the workplace, urban communities, public policy, social movements, and much more.

Sociology majors will gain knowledge that will allow them to think critically about social problems and social phenomena. They will also acquire the necessary research tools to find answers to multifaceted social questions.

Course Format

Courses offered in Sociology are available in-person (day and evening), online, and hybrid (a combination of in-person and online). 

Program Length

Students electing to study Sociology can earn an Associate of Arts degree, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. The degree requirements for an Associate of Arts are 60-64 semester credits for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 


The tuition rates per credit hour are as follows:

  • Maricopa County Resident: $85.00
  • Out-of-State Resident: $326.00
  • Out-of-Country Resident: $401.00

Based on these rates, the estimated cost for tuition for the AA program for Maricopa County residents is between $5,100.00 and $5,440.00, excluding course fees and textbooks. To assist students, many courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbooks costs.

Program Contacts

Sociology is housed in the Social/Behavioral Sciences Division (SBE Building) as part of the Behavioral Sciences.

Keri Diggins, Sociology Lead
(480) 423-6208

Stefani Parks
Division Administrative Assistant
(480) 423-6206

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
Choose two courses from the following:
SOC212Gender and Society (3) OR
SOC241Race and Ethnic Relations (3) OR
SOC251Social Problems (3)6
Complete 3 credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as a SOC direct equivalent or SOC departmental elective:
SOC+++ Any SOC Sociology course (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Complete all courses in the subplan that best aligns with academic and professional goals. If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the subplans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
Arizona State University: Sociology, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Related Area Requirement
Complete 12 credits of coursework that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes:
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 29-40
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication (COM), Critical Reading (CRE), or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)3-5
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by SOC212 and/or SOC241 and/or SOC251 in Required Courses Area.
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences Quantitative [SQ] or Natural Sciences General [SG] area. (4)8
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Historical [H] or Global [G] area.
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor for more information.
Arizona State University Languages and Cultures Requirement:
Requirement satisfied through the following: Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV, OR completion of two sequential semesters of coursework in a current computer language (select courses that transfer as direct equivalents to ASU`s ACO 101 and ACO 102 in the Course Equivalency Guide). Recommended students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) or to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.