Sociology - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in sociology includes courses commonly required for this major and meets lower-division general education requirements at all Oregon public universities. Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions and includes subject matter such as race, religion, families, government, and social change. A bachelor's degree in sociology prepares students for graduate school, such as schools of law or education. It also prepares students for employment in government, research, and human services.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 105Z
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Recommend: 200-level language courses for students seeking Bachelor's of Arts 2
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Related courses to consider: ANTH 103 or PSY 216
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Recommend: STAT 243Z for the non-lab course
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable. 239
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated.


Students seeking to obtain a Bachelor's of Art must complete all foreign language through the 200 level (i.e., 203). 200 level foreign language courses count as an Arts and Letters requirement. 100-level foreign language courses count as electives and, depending on language placement, may be required.

Advising Notes

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts should consider completing three terms of a 200-level language course. The 100-level language courses will count as electives. The 200-level language courses will partially fulfill the arts and letters requirement.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science should consider taking more math and science courses. Language is not necessary. For specific details, speak with an advisor.

Students are advised to consider the following sociology courses as electives to gain further insight into the field and to help them determine what area of sociology they may be interested in pursuing: SOC 208 Sport and SocietySOC 211 Social DevianceSOC 212 Race, Class, and GenderSOC 215 Social Issues and Social MovementsSOC 219 Sociology of Religion, SOC 222 Sociology of Family and Intimate Relationships, SOC 250 Sociology of Popular Culture, and any other potential special topics courses that are occasionally offered.

Sociology students typically will be required to take statistics when they transfer. Although MTH 111Z Precalculus I: Functions is sufficient for the math requirement, advisors recommend taking one or both of STAT 243Z Elementary Statistics I and MTH 244 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 2 to finish the science requirement and to allow students to be exposed to statistics before transfer.

Note that individual institutions may have additional requirements or will change the category that a course satisfies if the AAOT is not completed or is transferred to an out-of-state college or university. For admission into a particular program, courses may be added. Students who plan to transfer should contact the institution they plan to attend to ensure they have fulfilled specific program requirements.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters 23-4
Elective (recommend starting foreign language sequence) 24
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend SOC 201)4
Elective (recommend continuing foreign language sequence) 24
Mathematics (recommend MTH 105Z)4
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend SOC 211)4
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix)3
Elective (recommend continuing foreign language sequence)4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend STAT 243Z)4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science4-5
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend SOC 212)4
Elective 24
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters 23-4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science4-5
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ANTH 103 or PSY 216)4
Elective 24
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters 23-4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science4-5
Elective 24
Elective 24
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters 23-4
 Total Credits90-98

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