West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Sociology Department
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

DEGREES OFFERED:

 

Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer (AA-T Degree)

 

Core Required Courses:

Units

Soc 001

Introduction to Sociology

3

     

List A Required:

 

Soc 002

Social Problems

3

Math 010

Elementary Statistics

3

     

List B: Any 2 of the following courses:

 

Soc 003

Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective

3

Soc 020

American Race Relations

3

Soc 040

Marriage and Family

3

     

List C: Any 1 of the following courses:

 

Soc 045

Sociology of Human Sexuality

3

Any course not used above

 
     

General Education

 

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

 

OR

   

California State University General Education= Breadth Requirements

 

Total GE units

34-39

Additional CSU Transferable Semester Units

3-8

     
 

Grand Total Units

60

 

The Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer is a 60-unit program which provides lower division education to students planning to transfer to a four year institution and major in Sociology. Students completing the program will be able to recognize major dimensions of the diversity of human social experiences, distinguish scientific from non-scientific discourse on human social behavior, distinguish the sociological perspective from other perspectives within the social sciences, and contrast the merits and limitations of various social science research methodologies with emphasis on the role of sampling and surveys in sociological research.

 

Students must complete 60 units including 18 units in the major, 34-39 units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum or California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements, and additional CSU transferable units to total 60 units.

 

Students must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and earn a C or better in all courses required for the major. Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements, or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

 

 

 

 

Associates of Arts degree in Sociology (A.A. degree only)

 

Core Required Courses:

Units

Soc 001

Introduction to Sociology

3

     

List A: Complete at least 3 of the following courses

 

Soc 002

Social Problems

3

Soc 003

Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective

3

Soc 020

American Race Relations

3

Soc 040

Marriage and Family

3

Soc 045

Sociology of Human Sexuality

3

Anthr 003

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

Electives from recommended list

6

     

List B: Up to 6 units from the following list may be applied to the major

Econ 001A

Principles of Macroeconomic

3

Geog 002

Cultural Geography

3

Hist 017A

United States History

3

Psych 001

General Psychology

3

Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements

     

To be awarded an Sociology A.A. degree, a student must complete:

1. All the major requirements

 

2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements

 

 

 

 
 

COURSES OFFERED

Soc 001: Introduction to Sociology (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the field of sociology as a scientific discipline; emphases on global studies, cross-cultural analysis, and American cultural diversity in terms of cultural heritage & national origin, race/color/ethnicity, social class, gender/sexuality/women’s studies, family structure, age, ability, religion, language, and sensitivity to all other forms of social and cultural diversity (and related “isms”); examination of human societies from various sociological perspectives; analysis of the relationship between personality development and the sociocultural environment; the comparative presentation of social institutions and possible influences on behavior.

CSU/UC Transferrable

Pass/No Pass Option

On-campus, online, hybrid

 

Soc 002: Social Problems (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the sociological perspective in dealing with contemporary social problems. Drug addiction, poverty, violence, mental illness, environment, aging, and other areas of societal concerns are examined. Available community resources to help deal with and arrive at solutions to these problems will be explored.

CSU/UC Transferrable

Pass/No Pass Option

On-campus, online, hybrid

 

Soc 003: Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective (3 units)

Social psychology examines how individuals can resist and enact social influence in immediate social situations. It examines how social groups and individuals influence one another, and how the self is socially constructed via human social interaction.

CSU/UC Transferrable*

*This course does not fulfill the major requirements for the Psychology AA degree.

*Check with four-year schools for Psychology transferability.

Pass/No Pass Option

On-campus, online, hybrid

 

Soc 020: American Race Relations (3 units)

This is a survey course studying the experiences, problems and the contemporary way of life of the minority people in the U.S. This course focuses on racial conflicts and inter-group tensions from a minority perspective. It is designed to create a

context through which better race harmony may be achieved.

CSU/UC Transferrable

Pass/No Pass Option

On-campus

 

Soc 040: Marriage and Family (3 units)

This course gives students the opportunity to study marriage in contemporary American society. Problems of mate choice and courtship and dating practices; adjustment to marriage; some aspects of parenthood and child training, and investigation of some possible problem areas of marriage are explored.

CSU transferrable/ UC transferrable (proposed)

Pass/No Pass Option

On-campus

 

Soc 045: Sociology of Human Sexuality (3 units)

This course examines the sexual attitudes and behavior in our society; research findings concerning the range of normality of human sexual functioning; sexual myths, some origins, who believes them and why. The course will include discussions relating to the institutionalization of sex in American society; the symbolic nature of sexual expression; teaching children regarding sexuality; the complexities of sexual orientation; and the impact of sexually transmitted diseases upon society.

CSU/UC Transferrable

Pass/No Pass Option

On-campus



DIVISION CHAIRS:

 

Nichola Gutierrez

(408) 741- 2557

Nichola.Gutierrez@westvalley.edu

 

Janis Kea

(408) 741- 2538

Janis.Kea@westvalley.edu

 

 

INSTRUCTORS:

Tom DeDen, Department Chair
LA/SS Division Office 1H
(408) 741- 2543

 

Jen Ho

LA/SS Division Office 2B

(408) 741- 2540

jen.ho@wvm.edu

 

 
 
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