Sociology, Associate of Arts



Sociology is the study of social interaction, social change and the social causes and consequences of group behavior. Students explore a range of topics, including social stratification and inequality, race relations, gender and sexuality, marriage and family, crime and violence, economics, politics, and religion.

Earning Potential

  • Sociologist $61,8691

Source:, median salary statewide, 2022


Central Campus

Generation Park Campus

North Campus

South Campus

San Jac Online


Four-year and upper-level colleges and universities offer majors within the baccalaureate degree. San Jacinto College offers many courses in the transfer path that would meet the requirements of a major. Students may prepare to transfer to a particular program at an upper-level institution by either:

  • Completing the 42-semester credit hour (SCH) core curriculum and an 18-hour transfer path, or
  • Selecting courses as specified in the transfer plans developed by San Jacinto College in cooperation with upper-level institutions to which students transfer.

Those plans, which are available in the Center for Advising, Career, and Transfer office on each campus as well as on the Transfer Plans tab for each Associate of Arts (AA) program page, are designed to prepare students to transfer to a particular four-year or upper-level college or university by specifying the courses required to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in a particular major. Students choosing to pursue an AA degree should select from among the Sociology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, General Studies, Business Administration, Fine Arts, or Communications programs.

Plan of Study (Degree Plan)


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 1306 Social Problems 3
SOCI 2301 Marriage and the Family 3
SOCI 2319 Minority Studies 3
Directed Electives (see list below) 1 3
Second Term
Directed Electives (see list below) 1 3
Directed Electives (see list below) 1 3
EDUC 1100
Learning Framework
or Learning Framework
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
American History 3
Second Year
First Term
ENGL 1302
Composition II
or Technical and Business Writing
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) 4
American History 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
Component Area Option 3
Second Term
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) 4
Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) 3
Mathematics 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
 Total Credits60
Directed Electives (select three courses, 9 SCH, depending on transfer institution requirements) 1
ANTH 2351Cultural Anthropology3
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods (Statistics)3
SOCI 2306Human Sexuality3
SOCI 2336Criminology3

Directed Electives are selected by the transfer institution for inclusion in the Field of Study (FOS) embedded in this Associate of Arts degree. To determine which Directed Electives to take, please see the list of Directed Electives for Texas transfer institutions accepting the FOS in Sociology.