Q: Why should I study sociology at FRC?

A: Feather River College is a small campus that offers personalized attention. Class sizes are small, faculty are readily available and accessible, and there are numerous student support and learning services. Many students transfer to four-year institutions, including into the popular sociology program at CSU, Chico. The Quincy community hosts a vibrant arts culture and special events. There are volunteer opportunities off campus where students can gain experience and skills.


Q: What can I do with a major in sociology?

A: Sociologists work in a variety of areas:

  • Sociologists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, consultants, human resource managers, and program managers.
  • Practicing sociologists with advanced degrees may work as research analysts, survey researchers, gerontologists, statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists, or demographers.
  • Sociologists become high school teachers or faculty in colleges and universities, advising students, conducting research, and publishing their work.


Q: What degree do I need for a career in social work?

A: Social work is a more applied field and may combine both sociological and psychological perspectives in methods of research and counseling. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of social workers is projected to increase to more than 790,000 by 2026 (https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/social-workers.htm). You may attain a bachelor’s degree at many four-year universities, including CSU, Chico (https://www.csuchico.edu/swrk/index.shtml). For more information on these disciplines, refer to: https://www.asanet.org/

Q: Will my classes transfer to another institution?

A: The A.A.T. in Sociology is structured so students can transfer seamlessly to a CSU sociology program. It’s always important to look at the program requirements at each institution to make sure you are on track with your education plan. The general education curriculum offered at FRC is designed to transfer to most schools. Please speak with your advisor regarding the courses you have taken and courses that will be required at your chosen four-year institution.


Q: How do I know which CSU campuses offer a bachelor’s degree in sociology?

A: Go to https://adegreewithaguarantee.com/Find-Your-Path to find out which CSU campuses offer a major or similar major related to the sociology AA-T.


Q: How do I declare a major in sociology at FRC?

A: When you enroll in FRC, you will have an opportunity to declare your desired major. If you have already declared a major and would like to change your major to sociology, please meet with an academic advisor.


Q: Will I be able to get a job in the field of sociology?

A: Because sociology is a discipline that covers all aspects of human life and the organizations through which societies operate, sociology is applicable to many occupations. Sociology is considered a versatile degree, as it deals with human interaction and social life. Ask someone in an organization where you might like to work about the experience, education, and skills necessary for the position. You may also have to relocate in order to acquire certain jobs.

Q: What skills can I gain with a sociology degree?

A: Effective communication: Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and presentations.

Critical thinking: This is the skill to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why." Build your analytical skills. Understand various perspectives on problems and identify opportunities and solutions.

Conduct research: Learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This will allow you to recognize social trends and patterns and to produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, sales, and countless other applications.

Gain a diverse perspective: Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interactions of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.

For more information, see the Undergraduate Student Resources page on the American Sociological Association website: https://www.asanet.org/teaching-learning/undergraduate-student-resources.

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