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The Sociology Transfer Pathway A.A. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated sociology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

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A student completing Lake Superior College’s Minnesota State Sociology Transfer Pathway and transferring into a designated bachelor’s program in Sociology at a Minnesota State university will have junior standing and may complete the bachelor’s degree within an additional 60 credits. You will be able to transfer to the following designated majors at these Minnesota State universities:

  • Bemidji State University: Sociology, B.A.
  • Metropolitan State University: Social Science, B.A.
  • Minnesota State, Mankato: Applied Sociology, B.A.; Sociology, B.A.; Applied Sociology, B.S.; Sociology, B.S.
  • Minnesota State, Moorhead: Sociology, B.A.
  • St. Cloud State University: Sociology, B.A.; Sociology, B.A. (Concentration in Critical Applied Sociology)
  • Winona State University: Sociology, B.A.

To graduate and be guaranteed admission to a Minnesota State university’s designated program you must earn an overall grade point average as indicated by the university to which you will transfer.


Semester 1
FYE 1000 First Year Experience
ENGL 1106 College Composition I
HPER course(s)
Goal Area 3 Course
SOC 1111 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 1155 Human Sexuality or other Goal Area 7 course

Semester 2
Sociology Elective B course: SOC 1145 Race, Class and Gender; or SOC 1165 Patterns of Domestic Violence; or SOC 1185 Gender, Power and Society
ENGL 1109 College Composition II
COMM 1100 Introduction to Communication or COMM 1105 Interpersonal Communication
Goal Area 6 course
Unrestricted Elective

Semester 3
SOC 1125 Social Deviance, or SOC 1107 Drugs and Society, or other Goal Area 8 course
Sociology Elective A course: SOC 1114 Criminal Justice in Society or SOC 2120 Social Problems (meets Goal Area 9)
Goal Area 3 Course
Goal Area 6 Course
Unrestricted Elective

Semester 4
SOC 2123 People and the Environment or other Goal Area 10 course
PSYC 2145 Social Psychology or other non-sociology Goal Area 5 course
Goal Area 4 Course
Goal Area 6 Course
Unrestricted Elective

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