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Associate of Arts General Transfer - Sociology Pathway

Associate of Arts General Transfer - Sociology Pathway

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

The Sociology Pathway of the Associate of Arts emphasizes transfer preparation for pursuing a bachelor's degree in sociology.  But many doors will open with this two-year degree, including family advocacy, sales, and nonprofit positions.

The skill sets acquired through a degree focused in Sociology are applicable to many careers for students to: 

  • Engage in community advocacy and development 
  • Provide case management for individuals and families through social services agencies 
  • Work with youth or the elderly 
  • Provide family planning services or work within the healthcare and insurance sectors 
  • Pursue work in the legal system including probation or parole  
  • Work in higher education as an advisor or in admissions  

An Associate of Arts degree provides the foundational knowledge and skills in general education that are often required to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.  Courses in this pathway focus on culture and human behavior in society.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer into a Bachelor of Arts program, particularly at state institutions in Ohio. 

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Embedded Certificates

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless students contact Records and Registration and indicate they do not wish to have the certificate credential awarded.

Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Arts degree in Sociology, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Speak clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Use critical thinking and problem solving to draw logical conclusions.
  • Use numerical data to solve problems, explain phenomena and make predictions.
  • Successfully transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
Course Title Credits
FYE 1101 College Success 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPN 1111 Beginning Spanish, Course I  
or ASL 1111 Beginning American Sign Language, Course I 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
SOC 2230 Social Problems 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SPN 1112 Beginning Spanish, Course II  
or ASL 1112 Beginning American Sign Language, Course II 3
SOC 2240 Racial and Cultural Minorities 3
SOC 2270 Marriage and Family 3
PHL 2000 Critical Thinking 3
ENG 1600 Introduction to Literature 3
BIO 1410 Fundamentals of Biology 4
PHL 2100 Ethics 3
SOC 2220 Comparing Cultures  
or SOC 2280 American Diversity and Inclusion 3
BIO 1420 Global Biology 4
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
SOC 2250 Sociology of Poverty: Feminization of Poverty  
or SOC 2260 Sociology of Sex and Gender 3
  Total credit hours 60
All students pursuing the Associate of Arts degree are required to complete at least nine credit hours in courses numbered 2000 or higher. These classes are taken as a part of the requirements within the concentration or elective area.

In recognition of the growing importance of global awareness, the Associate of Arts degree requires students to take at least four courses with significant international content. Courses meeting this requirement are identified in the College catalog and are fulfilled as a part of the requirements within the concentration or elective area.

Transfer Information

Students seeking a transfer degree should plan the details of their program of study at Clark State according to the requirements of the transfer institution. Transfer institutions make the determination in acceptance of credit. The student should consult their academic advisor and the intended transfer institution when planning a schedule of classes.

Pathway options for transferability to other state institutions is available at

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Dee Malcuit Professor, Sociology