The Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Sociology is based on the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway in Sociology.  It is recommended for students planning to start at Tri-C and transfer to a four-year institution to major in Sociology.

A four-year degree in Sociology can prepare you for a variety of careers in a number of industries including business, social service, private non-profit sector, and government service.  A Sociology degree also serves as a strong foundation for students planning to go on to graduate studies in Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, or to pursue a law degree. 

The Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Sociology will provide students with a foundation in sociological theories,  communication, and critical thinking skills, which will prepare them to succeed upon transferring to a four-year institution.

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Program Admissions Requirements

  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies, or appropriate score on English Placement Test or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • Eligibility to enroll in MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I

Program Outcomes

  1.  Apply the major sociological theories and concepts to analyze social phenomena at the macro- and micro-level.
  2. Explain how intersectionality of statuses such as race, class, gender, and family of origin can impact achievements and experiences of an individual.
  3. Analyze sociological research to examine social issues and complex societal problems.
  4. Explain how globalization is impacting US society.
  5. Use critical thinking skills to analyze situations, adapt to changes, and resolve problems.
  6. Communicate effectively in spoken and written English, for an intended audience, using clear, organized language.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
GEN-1070 First Year Success Seminar 1
MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I 3
DEGR-XXXXForeign Language (if needed) or Elective (see below list) 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Honors Speech Communication
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Select one of the following: 3
Introductory Sociology
Honors Introductory Sociology
 Credit Hours16-17
Second Semester
SOC-2010 Social Problems 3
DEGR-XXXXArts and Humanities Requirement (must be selected from two different disciplines - see below list) 1 3
DEGR-XXXXForeign Language (if needed) or Elective (see below list) 3-4
DEGR-XXXX Natural Science Requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II
Honors College Composition II
 Credit Hours15-16
Third Semester
SOC-2020 Sociology of the Family 3
DEGR-XXXXNatural Sciences Requirement with Lab 3-4
DEGR-XXXXArts and Humanities Requirement (must be selected from two disciplines - see below list) 1 3
DEGR-XXXXElective (see below list) 2 3
DEGR-XXXXElective (see below list) 3
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Semester
SOC-2550 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
DEGR-XXXXSocial and Behavioral Science Requirement (must be from a discipline other than Sociology-see below list) 1 3
DEGR-XXXXArts and Humanities Requirement (must be selected from two different disciplines - see below list) 1 3
DEGR-XXXXElective 3
DEGR-XXXXElective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours61-64

Students must select at least one course from the Civic Responsibility list below to fulfill either an open Social and Behavioral Science requirement or an open Arts and Humanities requirement.


MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics may count towards elective requirements for students who do not place into MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I on Math Placement Test.

Foreign Language Requirement

The majority of schools require at least 6-8 credits of foreign language at the College level to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; however, the Foreign Language requirement varies from institution to institution and may depend on how many foreign language courses you took at the high school level.  For this reason, you should check with your intended transfer institution to determine how many foreign language credits are required for your intended transfer program and plan accordingly.   To fulfill foreign language requirements, you should select from the below Transfer Assurance Guide approved foreign language courses.  If your intended program of study doesn't require foreign language or you have fulfilled the requirement based on coursework taken in high school, you may select other appropriate Ohio Transfer Module or Transfer Assurance Guide approved courses as electives, in place of the foreign language requirement.  See recommendations below for elective course selection.  Note, if your transfer school requires more than 6-8 credits of foreign language, you can apply those credits towards the elective requirement or take the additional coursework at your four year institution.

Foreign Language Requirement
ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
FREN-1010Beginning French I4
FREN-1020Beginning French II4
FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
GER-1010Beginning German I4
ITAL-1010Beginning Italian I4
ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3

Recommended Electives

It is recommended that you select from the below Transfer Assurance Guide approved courses that could be used towards completing a minor in Anthropology, Social Work, Political Science or Psychology at your four-year institution to fulfill their elective requirements.  Note: Courses marked with an *are Ohio Transfer Module approved and can also be used to fulfill social and behavioral science requirements.  ANTH-1210 Human Evolution can be used to fulfill Natural Science Requirements (with lab).

Anthropology Minor
ANTH-1010Cultural Anthropology *3
ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
ANTH-2110Archaeology *3
Social Work Minor
SOC-2040Introduction to Social Work3
SOC-2051Introduction to Social Welfare3
PSY-1010General Psychology *3
Political Science
POL-1010American National Government *3
or POL-101H Honors American National Government
POL-1020State & Local Government *3
POL-2030Comparative Politics *3
POL-2070International Relations *3
Psychology Minor
PSY-1010General Psychology *3
PSY-2040Social Psychology *3
PSY-2050Psychology of Personality *3
PSY-2080Abnormal Psychology *3

Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences Civic Responsibility Electives

Students should select at least one designated Civic Responsibility course to fulfill their Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Science requirements from the below lists.  View full list of courses that can be selected to fulfill Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences requirements here.

HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
GEOG-2030Environmental Geography3
HIST-1510United States History to 18773
HIST-1520United States History Since 18773
HIST-152HHonors United States History since 18773
POL-1010American National Government3
POL-101HHonors American National Government3
POL-1020State & Local Government3
POL-2030Comparative Politics3
POL-2070International Relations3

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.