Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate degrees in Sociology and Social Work. Sociology is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Law, Business, and Education.

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Sociology — What is it?

Sociology is an academic and applied discipline that investigates the structure of groups, organizations and society, and how people interact within these contexts. Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and social causes that effect human behavior.

Contemporary issues in Sociology:

Culture, Social Stratification, Complex Organizations and Social Institutions, Small Group Interaction, Deviant Behavior/Criminology, Social Problems, Marriage and Families, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, and Religions.


Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology?

Students who major in Sociology gain the knowledge and skills that can be applied to a wide range of careers.
For example, sociologists become social workers, counselors, case managers, probation officers, professors,
researchers, consultants, mediators, lawyers, statisticians, labor relations specialists and journalists.

Potential employers include:

Federal, State and Local Governments, Colleges and Universities, Courts and Correctional Facilities, Hospitals, Health and Human Services, Mental Health Facilities, Law Firms, Public Advocacy Groups, Private Foundations, Non-Profit Organizations, Advertising and Marketing Firms, Newspapers, Radio and TV Stations. For more, please visit Career Counseling. 


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits, Completion Award: A.A. Degree