About Sociology

The sociology program will provide you with the skills to better explore, critique, and impact your social world.

You will study a range of topics such as institutions, groups, culture, inequality, and interactions. Academic training in sociology will grow your skills in communication and analytic problem-solving, ultimately preparing you for many career paths, including research, social work, healthcare, education, and law.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Sociology can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!


  • Administration
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Media
  • Human Resources

Community Services

  • Non-profits
  • Urban planning and community development
  • Environmental groups
  • Advocacy


  • Law enforcement/Investigations
  • Probation/Parole
  • Criminal Justice
  • Attorneys/Paralegal


  • Professional writing
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Editing

Social Services

  • Case Management
  • Social Work
  • Government and Non-Profit Agencies


  • Elementary and secondary
  • Special Education
  • ESL

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 3  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
CSU GE Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development 3  
Additional CSU GE Area C1 or C2 (See Counselor) 3-5   
Additional CSU Transferable Units   3  

Total Units: 16-20

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
SOC 3 Social Problems 3  
PSYC 5 or ECON 5 or MATH 80+80S Statistics for Behavioral Sciences or Introductory Statistics for Economics, Business and Social Sciences or Probability and Statistics + Support 5-7  
POLS 1 U.S. Government 3  
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3-4  

Total Units: 14-17

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
SOC 21 Introduction to Research Methods 3  
Additional Major requirement- Choose from Group A (See Counselor) 3  
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3  
CSU GE Area B2 Life Science 3-6  
CSU GE Area B3 Lab Activity (To Be Taken with Course from B1 or B2) 1  
Additional CSU Transferable Units   3  

Total Units: 16-19

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
Additional Major requirement- Choose from Group B (See Counselor) 3  
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication 3  
CSU GE Area C2 Humanities 3-5  
CSU GE Area B1 Physical Science 3-6  
CSU Graduation Requirement Group 2 (See Counselor) 3  

Tota Units: 15-20

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Sociology programs at the following institutions: 

  • California State Universities
  • University of California

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.