Dec 01, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology - A.A. (TTP)


For more information on this program, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

The Associate of Arts in Sociology is a two-year program for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor's degree in the field of sociology.  Professional careers in the field of sociology typically require a master's degree or a doctoral degree, depending on the career path one is pursuing.  One can find careers in a variety of areas such as criminal justice (corrections), business (consumer research), agencies (disability services), advocacy (child welfare), communications (technical writing), and in government and education.  However, with an AA degree in sociology, one can often find a job in the following areas: civil service, crisis intervention, counselor aide or assistant, case work, and mentoring.

Transfer Options

The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/testing.

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)


Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)



  • Foreign Language (One year sequence in a single language) Credits: (6)
  • Sociology Elective Credits: (3)¹
  • University Parallel Elective Credits: (4) [Freshmen required to take FYEX 1030 and 1040 must complete both of these courses as 3 out of the 4 elective hours.]*

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


¹Universities will determine whether the sociology elective course counts toward requirements of the sociology major or as elective credit applied to the requirements of the baccalaureate degree.

*All Sociology AA freshmen entering Vol State Fall 2020 or later that have not completed at least 15 college-level credit hours with a 3.0 or higher inclusive GPA must take FYEX 1030 and 1040.

Career and Salary Information


The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website http://www.onetonline.org or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Median Entry Level Salary with Bachelor Degree Experienced Level with Master's or Ph.D
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists  $81,640 $119,590
Human Resource Specialist $51,200 $93,590
Market Research Analyst  $55,290 $108,740
Sociology Teacher - Post Secondary $60,720 $100,800
Correctional Officers/Jailers $25,450 $31,970
Survey Researchers $27,890 $69,020

Recommended Schedule



This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16.5)


First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16.5)


Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (13)


  • Foreign Language (One year sequence in a single language)  Credits: (3)
  • History (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • Sociology Elective (See above footnote) Credits: (3) 1

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (14)


  • Foreign Language (One year sequence in a single language) Credits: (3)
  • History (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Literature - See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • University Parallel Elective (Any non-asterisk course) Credits: (1)