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Associate’s Degrees in Sociology

5,523 Yearly Graduations
$9,711 Median Debt
78% Women
An associate's degree in sociology is offered at 196 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 79% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.7% of sociology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Sociology Majors

In 2018-2019, 5,523 associate's degrees were awarded to sociology majors. This makes it the 23rd most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in sociology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 29,920
Associate’s Degree 5,523
Master’s Degree 1,442
Doctor’s Degree 626
Basic Certificate 76
Graduate Certificate 24

Earnings of Sociology Majors With Associate’s Degrees

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in sociology is $9,711. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $9,750 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,669.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $101.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in sociology. About 77.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,230
Women 4,293
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Sociology

The racial-ethnic distribution of sociology associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 378
Black or African American 431
Hispanic or Latino 3,320
White 1,032
International Students 38
Other Races/Ethnicities 324
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Sociology Associate's Degree Students

There are 196 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in sociology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California
220 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
93% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for sociology students seekingan associate's degree is Mt. San Antonio College. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 220 people received their associate's degree in sociology from Mt. SAC. Around 93% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#2

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
166 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fullerton College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 22,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 166 people received their associate's degree in sociology from Fullerton College. Around 89% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#3

El Camino College

Torrance, California
161 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

El Camino College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 24,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 161 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at El Camino College. Around 94% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#4

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
149 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 36,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The sociology program at East Los Angeles College awarded 149 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 79% were women and 94% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
146 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pasadena City College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 26,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The sociology program at Pasadena City College awarded 146 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 92% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#6

Citrus College

Glendora, California
128 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Citrus College. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 128 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at Citrus College. Around 86% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

#7

Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, California
121 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles Valley College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 16,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at LAVC. Of these students, 81% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
117 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of the Canyons comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 19,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 117 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at College of the Canyons. Of these students, 76% were women and 79% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
107 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Long Beach City College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Roughly 24,100 attend the school each year. The sociology program at Long Beach City College awarded 107 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 78% of this group were women, and 91% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Cerritos College

Norwalk, California
99 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cerritos College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in sociology. Each year, around 22,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 99 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at Cerritos College. Around 92% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 82% were women.

#11

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, California
98 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
90% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chaffey College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in sociology. Roughly 22,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 98 people received their associate's degree in sociology from Chaffey College. About 91% of this group were women, and 90% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, California
95 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Barbara City College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Roughly 14,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 95 people received their associate's degree in sociology from SBCC. About 74% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Ventura College

Ventura, California
90 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ventura College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Roughly 12,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at Ventura College. Of these students, 80% were women and 80% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
87 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Moorpark College. Each year, around 14,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 people received their associate's degree in sociology from Moorpark College. About 79% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Merced College

Merced, California
86 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Merced College. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The sociology program at Merced College awarded 86 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 81% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
85 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Santa Rosa Junior College. Roughly 19,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 85 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at SRJC. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

#17

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
82 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Central New Mexico Community College. Each year, around 23,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The sociology program at Central New Mexico Community College awarded 82 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, California
81 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
98% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Rio Hondo College. Each year, around 19,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The sociology program at Rio Hondo College awarded 81 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 98% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Sacramento City College

Sacramento, California
73 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for sociology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Sacramento City College. Each year, around 20,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The sociology program at Sacramento City College awarded 73 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 79% of this group were women, and 79% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Oxnard College

Oxnard, California
73 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oxnard College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in sociology. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 associate's degrees were handed out to sociology majors at Oxnard College. About 73% of this group were women, and 95% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to sociology that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Social Sciences 12,003
Economics 2,228
Political Science & Government 2,020
Anthropology 940
Geography & Cartography 339

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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