Associate of Arts

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Sociologists study how deviance, crime, marriage, family, politics, education, race, gender, and religion affect individuals.

The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.

Sociology is an excellent transfer program. Since the study of Sociology covers the basic structures of human society with its cultures and stratifications, it is a popular major among those who want to enter career fields that address social change and social support. Examples include: human resources, human services, public relations, government agencies, and any other institution that requires knowledge of social science research.


Field of Study - 18 credit hours 1
Sociology Concentration
SOCI 1301Introductory Sociology3
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
SOCI 2301Marriage and the Family3
SOCI 2319Minority Studies3
Select two of the following:6
Physical Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Juvenile Justice System
Introduction to Mexican-American Studies
World Cultures
General Psychology
Lifespan Growth and Development
Introduction to Social Work
Social Welfare as a Social Institution
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 2,342
Total Credit Hours60

Courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill Core Curriculum Requirements.


In addition to the courses in the Social Sciences Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology 3
Sociology Elective - Field of Study 1 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
SOCI 2319 Minority Studies 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
SOCI 1306 Social Problems 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
SOCI 2301 Marriage and the Family 3
Sociology Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Course to be chosen from the Field of Study