2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
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2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology (AA-DTA) Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)   Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. English Composition I

3. Introduction to Sociology

  • Course purpose: An introduction to sociology, the study of society and human interaction. You will learn the systematic, or scientific, study of social phenomena, developing one’s “sociological imagination” and exploring human relationships.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Research Essentials

5. Math Course Recommendation

The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement.  Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).

Mathematics Courses   

6. General Psychology

8. Social Science Course Recommendation

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  • Course purpose: Sociologists need an understanding of systemic issues impacting society, including sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and social stratification. This course explores some of the socio-culturally defined problems today.

  • Course purpose: Sociologists need a comparative understanding of various forms of government. Government and politics are critical elements of institutional processes and structure.

9. English Composition II

10. Communication Course Recommendation

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Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

11. Nutrition

  • Course purpose: Sociologists need an understanding of epidemiology and the role of human health. This course examines human health with respect to essential nutrients, factors that affect eating habits, food advertising, and disease. The course may offer background to sociology of health and medicine.

12. Family and Intimate Relationships

  • Course purpose: Sociologists need an understanding of family, marriage, and intimate relationships. This course explores the cultural and historical factors that have and continue to shape the institution of family.

13. Lifespan Psychology

  • Course purpose: Sociologists need an understanding of human development from birth to elderly. Sociologists can benefit from more micro-level analyses and this informs one of the classic theoretical paradigms in sociology – symbolic-interactionism.

14. Humanities Course Recommendation

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15. Art Appreciation

  • Course purpose: Sociologists need an understanding of art as a form of expression across history and societies. Art is reflective of cultural expression across various historical contexts, societies, and people. This provides another way of understanding culture and expression.

16. Natural Science Recommendation

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17. Social Science Course Recommendation

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18. Sociology/Language Course Recommendation

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  • Course purpose: Sociologists need an understanding of race and ethnicity in contemporary society. This course examines the dynamics of racism – power and inequality; prejudice and discrimination, identity, stratification, segregation, institutional racism, etc.

Total Credits: 90

Last Revision: August 2018

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