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Understand societal impacts

Sociology, as the study of human behavior and social groups, focuses on the relationship between the individual and society, social institutions, and the interplay of societal influence on human behavior. Sociologists also study individuals' potential to change society, the evolution of societal types, and social movements. At MVC, you'll learn about social institutions, research methods, crime and society, and the axes of inequality.

Programs of Study

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    Associate Degree
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    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
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  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Sociology for Transfer

Associate of Arts for Transfer

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  • Online Options Available

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree provides students with a sufficient academic basis from which to pursue a career in the social science professions. Students are afforded the opportunity to study the nature of the human affinity for aggregation and the complexities of societal organization. The breadth of Sociology will be examined to include the historical and contemporary theory and research as the basis from which to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding of the world in which we live.

This program assists students with seamless transfer to a California State University.

Program Code



18 - 19 Units

Why study sociology?

Students may be interested in studying sociology if they desire to learn about why society works the way it does, and how interactions become patterned and predictable. Sociology can be used to better understand the behaviors of those around us, and to improve the quality of our own interactions with others. MVC's associate degree for transfer in sociology additionally prepares you for future study at a four-year university.

What You'll Learn

  • The historical and contemporary theoretical frameworks that form the basis of sociological study.
  • The utility of past and present sociological research and the research methodologies that form the basis of sociological inquiry
  • The ability to be academically proficient in at least two specific areas of sociological emphasis, such as Marriage and Family, Race/Ethnicity, Culture, Crime and Deviance, Social Problems
  • An understanding of the basic principles for at least one of the social sciences beyond sociology, such as anthropology or psychology

Career Options

  • Human services, social work and mental health services
  • Community relations, fundraising and grant writing
  • Court reporting, rehabilitation or probation and parole
  • Law services
  • Loss prevention manager