Sociology Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


is a degree in Sociology right for you?

Sociology is the discipline that enables you to gain a better understanding of how a person’s social characteristics influence them and their opportunities in life. It allows for consideration of things that are not immediately visible or understandable in our daily lives. The Sociology Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree transfer track is for you if you desire to develop the ability to look beyond individual motivations or psychological foundations in order to gain a better understanding of our contemporary social world. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the median pay for sociologists in 2016 was $79,750 per year (Master’s degree education level). Most sociologists work in research organizations, higher education or state and local government in a variety of careers including arbitrator, consultant, child care worker, criminologist, demographer, human services specialist, intelligence specialist, labor relations consultant, marketing researcher, mediator, parole officer and program evaluator.  

Whatever occupation you choose, Gulf Coast State College's sociology transfer track is your first step to an interesting and rewarding career!


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Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites  
SYG2010, Social Problems 3
SYG2430, Marriage and Family Living 3
Electives 18



• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.



There are many important benefits to receiving your degree in sociology.  One of the most attractive aspects of being a sociologist is the chance to influence efforts to solve social problems.  Sociologists that work in research and development jobs related to the social sciences, or in higher education, spend much of their time analyzing research data and writing reports.  This requires the employee to be disciplined, detail oriented, and possess the ability to work independently with little supervision - a skill that appeals to many employers, both in the private and public sectors.  Research work is an intellectually stimulating endeavor that often leads to new insights and knowledge.



Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts (SOCI-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

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Ready to apply?  You’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.



Jason Wenzel, MA
Associate Professor, Social Sciences Division
850-769-1551, extension 4817

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Division Chair

Wes Keene, MS
Chair, Social Sciences Division
850-769-1551, extension 4817; 850-872-3826

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