What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where will I take classes?

Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

All required classes to earn a degree can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Sociology Pathway, A.A.

What Is Sociology?

Sociology, one of the youngest of the social sciences, is the study of social interaction, social change and the social causes and consequences of group behavior. The range of topics explored by sociologists is broad, including social stratification and inequality, race relations, gender and sexuality, marriage and family, crime and violence, economics and politics, and religion.

Why Study Sociology?

Students studying sociology explore fascinating and controversial topics such as crime, deviance, social inequity, gender roles, family life, racism and prejudice, globalization, work and occupations. Understanding what drives human interactions gives students a new perspective on their place in society. By studying social relationships and exploring controversial topics, students will have a greater understanding of the forces that drive social behaviors and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Sociologists often examine and address issues related to:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Government Assistance Programs
  • Refugees

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Pathway Details

The Sociology pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



Fields open to graduates who take the academic pathway in sociology at the associate level and then go on to complete their bachelor’s degree include:

    ·       Casework
    ·       Community Advocacy
    ·       Corrections
    ·       Criminal Justice
    ·       Family and Children Services
    ·       Government
    ·       Human Resources
    ·       Public Health
    ·       Youth Outreach

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and these professional organizations: American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society.


Online Programs

LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
John C. Redmond

Administrative Assistant
Alicia Braswell


Alpharetta Campus

Associate Department Chair of Social Science
Adam Stone

Administrative Assistant
Contessa Paige

Clarkston Campus

Associate Department Chair of History and Political Science
George Vargis

Department Associate Chair of Social Science
Marc Zayac

Administrative Assistant
Mary Brown


Decatur Campus

Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
Karen Wheel-Carter

Administrative Assistant
Donna McLean

Dunwoody Campus

Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
John C. Redmond

Alicia Braswell


Newton Campus

Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
Karen Wheel-Carter

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.