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A background in Sociology is useful in almost any career in government, law, business, or non-profit organizations. Advanced degrees in Sociology prepare one to do research or analysis of data for government agencies from the Census Bureau to the Center for Disease Control, from city planning agencies to local police forces. Sociologists are employed by large businesses, advertisers, management consultants, and life insurance companies. They work in “think tanks,” do individual and family counseling, work in education at the secondary grade level, and in colleges and universities as well.

The Associate Degree

The Associate of Arts degree in Sociology includes coursework that aligns with specific lower-division major requirements for the Sociology major at various universities within the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university with a major in Sociology or a related major may also consider the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Behavioral and Social Sciences emphasis). Students are encouraged to visit the Transfer Center for complete information regarding transfer requirements for the institution of their choice. Students interested in transfer are also encouraged to consult the Counseling Office for individualized educational planning.

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