The Sociology, Associate of Science degree program is designed for students interested in completing a bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University (OSU) in Sociology. Students interested in this option are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) as there may be lower division courses required by their chosen discipline that are only offered at Oregon State University. Students interested in a general transfer degree should follow the guidelines for the AAOT and work with an advisor from the college/university they plan to transfer to to be sure the appropriate courses are being taken at LBCC.

An OSU Bachelor of Arts degree requires that students take two years of a college-level second language. While this is not a requirement of this Associate of Science degree, it is highly recommended that students complete this coursework at LBCC, or after transfer using the Degree Partnership Program.

Sociologists explore how both individuals and collectivities construct, maintain, and alter social organization in various ways. Sociologists ask about the sources and consequences of change in social arrangements and institutions, and about the satisfactions and difficulties of planning, accomplishing, and adapting to such change. Students with training in Sociology can pursue careers in policy research, teaching, educational and non-profit administration, social work, government, and a variety of other areas that involve a deep understanding of both societal problems and individual behavior.

The Sociology department at OSU offers several paths for sociology majors. LBCC offers two tracks as part of the two-year Associate of Science degree. Students interested in general training in sociology should pursue the General Sociology track. Those interested in a career in Criminal Justice (see the Criminal Justice program for more information) can pursue a bachelor’s degree in that field at OSU by taking the Crime and Justice track.