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Associate of Arts in Sociology

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Why Choose Sociology?

Sociology is concerned with social relations:

  • How people relate to each other as individuals, in families, and in other groups.
  • How they interact within various social institutions, including the workforce and government.
  • How their behavior is judged socially acceptable or deviant by others.

This program will train you to observe and analyze social interactions, predict likely outcomes, and determine how we can develop programs for the good of individuals and society. A major in sociology increases your understanding of the organization and functioning of human social groups and of the methods and techniques for analyzing these social units. The associate degree in sociology prepares you for further baccalaureate work. You can transfer seamlessly to the four-year sociology program at the Dayton Campus.


The study of sociology prepares students for careers in law, hospital administration, corrections, and government/community services. Sociologists develop many skills desired by employers, like critical thinking and the ability to conduct research. These skills, combined with a knowledge base of sociology that promotes tolerance, multicultural awareness, and understanding of group dynamics, help prepare students for a wide range of graduate studies and careers.

Sociologists apply their training and analytic research skills in a broad array of organizations, including:

  • Government agencies at the local, state, federal, and international levels
  • Social services
  • Public health
  • Law
  • Urban or regional planning
  • Departments of correction, commerce, and marketing
  • Public relations
  • Public administration
  • Education
  • Mass communication and media

View the sociology program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections

Real-World Experience

We arm our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to transition from student to professional. Students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects.

Academics and Curriculum

View Associate of Arts in Sociology program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in sociology.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in sociology.

Contact Information

Giovanna Follo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


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