Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Want to explore societies from the past to the present? We’ll teach you about that and more through the lens of social class, poverty, race and ethnicity, and gender.

A degree in sociology and anthropology prepares you for a career in the public or private sector. What’s more, your courses help you to better understand human behavior and how to improve quality of life.

Sociologists and anthropologists use their uniquely creative perspective to help make a difference in the world. Sociology and anthropology examine the structure of human societies and of the social processes that operate in all groups, organizations, and institutions. Students learn about how past issues affect the present and how social change can occur. 

Career Opportunities

The skills and knowledge you can build with a degree in sociology or anthropology will be in high demand. For the student who earns a bachelor's or master's degree in sociology, jobs often are in government agencies that employ sociologists dealing with subjects such as poverty, crime, public assistance, population growth, education, social rehabilitation, community development, mental health, racial and ethnic relations, drug abuse, school dropouts, and environmental impact studies. Sociologists in the federal government work primarily for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, Commerce (Bureau of the Census), Defense, and the General Accounting Office. Graduates also find careers assisting in community development and planning, or using knowledge of social organization and social process in a variety of settings within the United States or abroad.

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

Benchmark Expectations

Students who start as freshmen are expected to complete SOCA 101 and SOCA 105 with grades of C- or higher by the end of freshman year. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all SOCA courses counting toward major requirements for graduation. All majors must meet with their adviser every semester. Students who do not meet these benchmarks may be removed from their major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all SOCA courses.
GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, and 8)15
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
Intro Concepts Of Mathematics
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 4)3
SOCA 105Introduction to Anthropology (GEF 7)3
SOCA 199Orientation to Sociology and Anthropology1
STAT 201Applied Statistical Modeling3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
SOCA 200-level Elective6
ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
Foreign Language12
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
SOCA 101 (GEF 4)3ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
SOCA 1991SOCA 105 (GEF 7)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3ECAS Fine Arts Requirement (GEF 6)3
 Foreign Language3
 GEF 23
WVUE 1911 
Foreign Language3 
GEF 53 
 14 16
Second Year
ENGL 1023SOCA 200-level Elective3
STAT 201 or 2113Foreign Language3
SOCA 200-level Elective3Elective3
Foreign Language3GEF 23
GEF 83GEF 83
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


Upon successful completion of the A.A. degree, Sociology majors will be able to:

  1. Describe sociology’s core concepts and approaches to the study of social structures, social dynamics, and social issues, and how it is similar to and different from other social sciences.
  2. Demonstrate the sociological imagination by describing how culture and social structure operate, how society shapes individuals and individuals shape society, and the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, gender, class, or other bases of inequality.
  3. Identify and compare sociology’s core theoretical and methodological approaches and discuss their role in building knowledge about society.



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