Sociology, Humanities and Social Sciences Area of Concentration, Associate of Arts

This Area of Concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Sociology. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. analyze their personal experiences using the sociological imagination;
  2. apply sociological concepts to the analysis of social issues and problems;
  3. explain the effect that social forces and social institutions have on individual and group behavior;
  4. understand structural inequalities based on age, race, class, gender and other social constructions resulting in differences of power, property and prestige;
  5. evaluate the quantitative and qualitative methods used in sociological research; and
  6. pursue careers in social welfare and social change and/or pursue graduate study in the social sciences.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60 min.*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Gen Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences with Lab 4 Credit(s).
  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 111 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives (SOCL 102 and GLBL 101 recommended) 9 Credit(s).

Semester 4

  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 112 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives (ANTH 102 recommended) 8 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

The study of sociology explores individual human interactions, the building and maintaining of societies, and global social processes. With a degree in Sociology, students can pursue careers in social welfare and social change and/or pursue graduate study in the social sciences. 

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration - Sociology

Program Code

A 270

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinators:

West Side, Ann Merck MacLellan
443-840-4202 or

East Side, Nelda Nix-McCray
443-840-1920 or

Additional Information:

  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Sociology, see CLEP. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.

Courses Needed for This Area of Concentration*

General Education - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses.  

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s). (PHIL 101 recommended)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (at least one course must have a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology (CSIT 101 or CSIT 120 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 125 recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Concentration Requirements:
Two-Semester Sequence

Choose a two-semester sequence from this list:

Critical Thinking

Choose one from this list:

Additional Concentration Requirement
Program Electives:

Select 12-17 credits from the following list of electives to attain 60 credits for the degree. Additional electives beyond the list below may be used to complete the degree requirements with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean.  A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits for the degree. Electives should be chosen based on requirements at the transfer institution.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

 ** These courses may also be used as a General Education Elective.