Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement - AA-DTA Pathway for Sociology
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Why do people make the choices they make? How do groups form? Why are you the way you are? Gain an understanding of these major life questions with a degree in sociology.
In this program, you’ll learn how to think critically about social inequality, racial and ethnic conflict, law and justice, social and political movements, family, gender and sexuality, and many other social issues. This program helps you go beyond your personal experiences to broaden your perspective on social life and develop a deep understanding of important trends in modern society.
A degree in sociology can open doors to careers in many fields. You will gain skills to better interact with colleagues, conduct research or pursue professional opportunities in social services, sales and marketing, management, law, human resources and teaching.
Many people who study sociology go on to pursue careers or additional education in criminal justice, mental health, medicine, social work, public health, teaching or related fields.
AA-DTA Program Learning Outcomes
Communication Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Create, organize, present, and adapt effective verbal and nonverbal messages to diverse audiences in diverse contexts
2. Explain the active listening process and the skills necessary to understand verbal and nonverbal information
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically think: summarize, interpret, and evaluate written discourse
4. Write clear, well-focused and well-organized papers using documentation
5. Select and integrate textual evidence within academic essays
6. Create expository essays using traditional academic forms and standards
7. Appropriately use college-level language skills, i.e., grammar and punctuation
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Recognize a problem and identify the information required to solve it
2. Develop and apply appropriate algebraic models (e.g. numerical, graphical and symbolic) to obtain a solution to the problem
3. Explain the process of reasoning used to arrive at the solution
Humanities Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate, in writing or verbally, awareness that different contexts and/or world views produce different human creations
2. Identify and explain diverse cultural customs, beliefs, traditions, and lifestyles
3. Identify ideologies, practices and contributions that persons of diverse backgrounds bring to our multicultural world
4. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position
Social Sciences Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Describe the methods used for conducting research within the various disciplines of the social sciences
2. Evaluate the credibility of information regarding topics within the social sciences and differentiate between information derived from empirical sources and information derived from opinion, folklore, and/or emotions
3. Identify the impact of social, cultural, historical, political, geographical, and/or religious factors on behavior
4. Express increased engagement and confidence in the ability to apply course material for the purpose of improving self, relationships, community, society, and/or the world
Math and Science Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Select, use, or develop an appropriate model including numerical, graphical, or symbolic representations
2. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position or draw conclusions using appropriate terminology and symbolism
3. Demonstrate laboratory skills including making qualitative and quantitative observations about natural systems
4. Ascertain and critically evaluate the interrelationships within complex systems
Health Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Our students will be able to develop an appreciation of physical activity as a lifelong pursuit and means to better health.
2. Our students will be able to recognize the physical and mental benefits of increased activity.
3. Our students will be able to examine the effects of nutrition, rest and other lifestyle factors that contribute to better health.
4. Our students will be able to demonstrate motor skill performance of various physical activities.
5. Our students will be able to define the various health components of fitness and determine the lifestyle factors for development of physical fitness and training strategies.
6. Our students will be able to identify common health and fitness myths and trends involved with the evolving nature of physical education.
7. Our students will be able to utilize physical activity as a tool to manage stress.
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 146
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101 → ENGL& 102
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Associate in Arts
Total Program Credits: 93
Prior to starting a career teaching I worked in the Human Services field and then in the Criminal Justice System in different capacities throughout the country. After 6 years in US Army, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication and minor in Adolescent Development from the University of Montana (UM) in 1990. I stayed in Missoula and worked as an adolescent care worker in a therapeutic residential facility, then as a court case manager and school counselor. After returning to UM to get my master’s degree (96) in Sociology/Criminology I was employed as a juvenile probation officer and then as the program manager of Montana’s first Youth Drug Court Program. I then moved to Washington DC to become faculty for the National Drug Court Institute traveling the country training court teams. I then was off to Vancouver, Washington to manage multiple court programs for Clark County (WA) Superior Court. After getting my certification in Court Management (06) from the National Center for State Courts I moved to Green Bay, WI to work for the Wisconsin Supreme Court as a Court Administrator.
I then settled in Florida in 2008 to pursue more recreational activities; specifically, scuba diving and stumbled upon teaching Criminal Justice and Sociology courses at Eastern Florida State College & Indian River State College in addition to instructing at Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Corrections & Law Enforcement Academy. I started teaching at SCC in the Fall of 2019.
I was born in Rhode Island but claim the Pacific Northwest as home. I stay physically active as a certified referee for USA Rugby, USA Hockey and US Lacrosse. I’m also a certified PADI scuba diver instructor and spent winter breaks in beautiful tropical waters diving. When I’m not working you can find me remodeling my 1950’s house, out playing with my furry rescue mutts Opie and Bandit or traveling the country refereeing, scuba diving, skiing, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors.
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