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Sociology - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)

Maryland Higher Education Commission authorization to award this degree has not been received.

Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - Sociology

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.

Total Credit Hours: 60


Purpose: This area of concentration prepares students for continuation to a BS/BA in Sociology or Criminology and/or employment in any number of fields that engage the social sciences.  Ultimately the purpose of this concentration is to provide a broad knowledge and excitement about the discipline of sociology. The concentration imbues the distinctive sociological view of the world and human behavior, including sociological theories on behavior, human development, human relationships and the structure of society. There is a strong emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons and its relative importance in understanding and appreciating our diverse world.  Those who study in the concentration will employ research findings to illustrate topics of relevance and thus be able to take an applied approach to relating sociology to one’s own experience and our global society.

Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Educations Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid by calling 410-777-2203, emailing or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 31-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 9 credits

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the  Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of  the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).

Area of Concentration: 24-29 credits

Required Courses: 9 credits

Beyond the Social and Behavioral Science Requirement take the following three courses:

Electives: 9-14 credits

Recommend students check on transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credits of physical activity may be used as electives.

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  • Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  • Articulate the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity with a look to the future of social science inquiry.
  • Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  • Apply an awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
  • Identify the role of sociology and the social sciences in the context of the larger understanding of human interactions and history.
  • Explain the varied forms and context of social science inquiry through analysis and critical thinking.
  • Synthesize the relevant connections between sociology as a social science and the theoretical constructs that delineate our social interactions.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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