Sociology Transfer Major, A.A.

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Shelby County Center

Program Information

Large universities in Nebraska and Iowa offer Sociology programs, but few can match Iowa Western’s environment that features such unique one-on-one instructor interaction. Our program will introduce you to the fundamentals of sociological principles and results in the award of an Associate of Arts degree.

You’ll gain valuable knowledge in analysis and research that will be incorporated into this specialized career field. Our faculty members are heavily involved in student learning. They’ll instill in you concepts of human social behavior, family, religion, education, culture, deviant behavior, and demography.

Many Iowa Western graduates continue their education at four-year institutions to get the edge in this highly competitive field. Upon the completion of the bachelor’s degree requirements, most students with this degree go into Social Services, Sales, Marketing, Management, Teaching and Research positions. Even more attractive job opportunities are available for those with masters and doctorate degrees.

Iowa Western has an online sociology cohort program, information on that program can be found on our online degree page.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. Recent graduates with Bachelor’s degrees report working in the following areas: Human Resources, Social Services, Counselors, Management, Administrative Support, Teachers and Librarians, Sales, Marketing, Research, Public Relations and Informational Technology.

What will you do

The Online Sociology cohort program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. Career opportunities in the sociology field are primarily dependent upon completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Sociologists examine the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as study the behavior and interaction of groups. The knowledge and skill obtained during a sociology program can transfer to a variety of careers in many diverse fields.

Typical job descriptions include providing financial analysis, workforce planning, quality assurance, and employee evaluation.


The average sociologist with a master’s degree makes around $62, 883 as of May 2020. The average wage for a sociologist with a bachelor’s degree is $42,924 as of May 2020. The average wage for a sociologist with a Doctorate of Philosophy degree is $76, 948 as of May 2020.

Career Examples

  • Social Science Researchers – Research Assistant, Program Evaluators, Senior Analysts
  • Management – Employment and Labor Relations, Human Resources Managers, Financial Analysts
  • Services – Crime Scene workers, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Sales, Marketing
  • Social Services, Counselors – Americorps, Forensic Interviewers, Social Workers, Migrant Recruiter
  • Administrative Support – immigration Specialists, Paralegals, IT Consultants
  • Teachers –Instructors, High School Teachers, Adjunct Instructors

First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)
LIT 134 - Multicultural Literature 3.0 Credit(s)
ANT 100 - Introduction to Anthropology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 115 - Social Problems 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 157 - Statistics 1 4.0 Credit(s)
PHI 105 - Introduction to Ethics 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 120 - Intercultural Communications 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Third Semester

SOC 120 - Marriage and Family 1 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 200 - Minority Group Relations 3.0 Credit(s)
PHS 187 - Introduction to Earth Science 4.0 Credit(s)
GEO 121 - World Regional Geography 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

SOC 210 - Men, Women and Society 3.0 Credit(s)
CRJ 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0 Credit(s)
REL 101 - Survey of World Religions 3.0 Credit(s)
PSY 251 - Social Psychology 1 3.0 Credit(s)
POL 111 - American National Government 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required 62.0


One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
1 Required courses for the program


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify the major areas of Sociology.
  • Critically evaluate sociological research.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa