Sociology, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree (AA-T in Sociology) offers a rich and dynamic core curriculum that combines general and topical courses. All classes build on existing campus diversity by emphasizing multicultural approaches to teaching and learning. By engaging students’ own experiences and interests, sociology bridges school and community, offering students opportunities to apply new knowledge through participatory action research and service-learning projects.

The program provides a single pathway that prepares students to transfer seamlessly into the CSU system as well as align with the UC Transfer Pathway for transfer to the UC system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Sociology or related major. (Admission to the University of California is competitive; successful completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance to a UC campus.) Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the process of socialization in terms of human development in different social contexts and societies.
  • Develop appropriate research questions, design well-developed research projects at the undergraduate level, and effectively apply empirical methods to the study of society, generating well-evidenced, rational explanations for social outcomes, phenomena, practices, and processes.
  • Describe how social structures of class, culture, gender, race, and sexuality affect life changes.
  • Critically analyze and explain the relationship between individual behavior and society.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
SOCI 1Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 2Contemporary Social Problems3
SOCI/PSYC 19Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences4
or MATH 16 Elementary Statistics
List A
Select two courses from the following:6
Introduction to Social Psychology
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Crime and Deviance
Sociology of Marriages and Families
List B
Select one course from the following:3
Any List A course not already selected
Mass Media and Popular Culture
Sociology of Latinos and Latinas
Additional Requirements41
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
Elementary Statistics
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
Elective (LIBR 50 or COUN 10 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
SOCI 2 Contemporary Social Problems 3
Major List A (SOCI 15 Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 3B (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
Year 2
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
Major List A 3
IGETC Area 3A 3
IGETC Area 5A and 5C 4
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Major List B 3
IGETC Area 3A or 3B 3
IGETC Area 6 (UC requirement) or Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 5
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 4
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.