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Sociology Transfer Pathway (AA) - 60 credits

WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?

Sociology is the study of how people and groups behave in society.

WHY STUDY SOCIOLOGY?

Many students take sociology courses to develop personal skills or because of an interest in diverse cultures and ethnic groups (American Minorities) which is becoming increasingly vital in our multicultural society.

Other students plan to continue their studies in law enforcement, criminal justice, law, social work, and human services.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A SOCIOLOGY DEGREE?

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People who study sociology have many job choices. Many sociology majors go to graduate school so they can teach in a university and do research full time.

Others work as policy-makers for nonprofit groups or government agencies. Many others become social workers, market researchers, or counselors.

Careers in Sociology

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study sociology often work in the following professions:

  • College Sociology Teachers
  • Sociologists

 

Skills Acquired

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Sociology programs include topics such as:

  • Sociological theory
  • Sociological research methodology
  • Statistics
  • History of social institutions
  • Social psychology
  • Political science
  • Specific topics including urban sociology, religions, population control or sociology of education

Degrees & Certificates in Sociology

The Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Sociology provides the necessary lower division coursework in sociology for transfer to a four-year major in law enforcement, criminal justice, law, social work or human services. 

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The Sociology Transfer Pathway (AA) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Sociology bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. *The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University. 

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
SOC 1102 Love, Sex and Family 3
SOC 2116 Popular Culture & Media Sociology 3

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
SOC 1109 Wealth and Poverty 3
SOC 1115 Sociology of Sex and Gender Roles 3
SOC 2110 American Minority Relations 3

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE
MATH 1080 or MATH 1090 recommended

  • Course 

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1 - met by taking required SOC courses
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 
    (can be met by taking SOC 2116)

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course 

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

  • One Health (HLTH) course.
  • One Exercise Science (EXSC) course.
  • Elective credits - additional course(s) numbered 1000 and above, if needed to complete the 60 credit requirement

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.