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Sociology Transfer AA

Last updated 7/1/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1016

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Bruce LeBlanc, 309-796-5431, leblancb@bhc.edu
Krisann Bergo, 309-796-5425, bergok@bhc.edu
Sarah Morrison, 309-796-5439, morrisons@bhc.edu
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709


Students planning to major in sociology at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a sociology major, students should consult with a sociology faculty advisor for additional information.

This curriculum provides a broad perspective on the human social condition and skills essential to any educated person. Students will study various theories of socialization and patterns of cultural development. Emphasis is placed on social interaction in groups, organizations, and social institutions. Students who complete this curriculum should have a much better understanding of how social conditions influence human behavior. Students will also have a solid foundation upon which to build a sociology major at a four-year school.

Students who complete a degree in sociology may eventually be employed as workers in human service-related fields. A degree in sociology may prepare students for entry into professional study in such areas as business, law, theology and social work.

Sociology Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1016
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Physical Science (3)

Second Semester
ANTH 102 — Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
SOC 102 —  Contemporary Social Problems (3)
Fine Arts (3)

Third Semester
PHIL 103 — Ethics (3)
PSYC 230 — Social Psychology (3)
2Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
4Life Sciences (4)
1Sociology Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
PHIL 103 — Ethics (3)
SOC 290 — Studies in Sociology – Capstone (3)
3Mathematics (3)
1Sociology Elective (3)
Electives (6)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Recommended: SOC 250, SOC 251, SOC 264 (General Education Core Curriculum). Suggested: SOC 210, SOC 222, SOC 230, SOC 255, SOC 261, SOC 270, SOC 290
2Suggested: HIST 127
3Recommended: MATH 108
4Recommended: BIOL 101 (Life Science lab course)

Courses for this program include: »

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to culture, as an adaptive mechanism that provides for the survival of the human species that encompasses social organization, technology, economics, religion, and language as used by various peoples, in both traditional and technologically advanced societies. IAI: SI 901N

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

PSYC 230 Social Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
A systematic introduction to theory and research on the ways social factors influence individual and group behavior. Examines attitudes, social perception, the establishment of norms, conformity, leadership, group dynamics, and research methods, emphasizing their effects on the individual. IAI: S8 900

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SOC 102 Contemporary Social Problems
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Analysis of contemporary social problems and investigation of theories on social organization and conflict. Explores the genesis, significance, and amelioration of social problems. IAI: S7 901

SOC 290 Studies in Sociology
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Focuses on selected topics from a sociological perspective, including such topics as child maltreatment, addictions, juvenile justice, family violence, death and dying, and field studies.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900