Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Sociology Transfer Pathway 

Start the journey to a four year university degree in Sociology at MSC Southeast


Sociology: the scientific study of human social relationships, societies, and institutions.

Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona and Red Wing is the place to start your journey into the dynamic field of Sociology.

  • How does social media change culture?
  • What are the effects of different family styles on children?
  • Can we explain crowd behaviors?
  • How can community programs help people escape poverty?
  • What are the risk factors for criminal behavior?

These are some of the questions asked in sociology, and at MSC Southeast, you'll explore these and many others in this incredibly diverse area of study.

Our Sociology Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts degree program allows you to:

  • Begin a solid introductory background in sociology.
  • Build the foundation of a liberal arts education that involves critical thinking, promotes lifelong learning, and can serve you well in any profession.
  • Transfer as a junior into designated bachelor-level sociology programs at the seven Minnesota State universities. (Admission requirements such as minimum GPA may apply.)
  • This degree is offered at both the Winona and Red Wing campuses, with classes available in fall, spring, and summer terms.

Apply now for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast.

Major Offerings

  • Sociology Transfer Pathway (AA)View Classes
    W/RW/Online - 60 cr

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Transfer Pathways

The Sociology Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts 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 bachelors degree programs in a related field.

The Sociology Transfer Pathway (AA) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer University4-Year Degree Name
Bemidji State UniversitySociology, BA
Metropolitan State UniversitySocial Science, BA
Minnesota State University, MankatoApplied Sociology, BA
Sociology, BA
Applied Sociology, BS
Sociology, BS
Minensota State University MoorheadSociology, BA
Southwest Minnesota State UniversitySociology, BA
St. Cloud State UniversitySociology, BA
Sociology, BA (Concentration in Critical Applied Sociology)
Winona State UniversitySociology, BA

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

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  • Describe how factors such as race, religion, gender, social status and historical events impact modern society.
  • Analyze behaviors and interactions of individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas in today's diverse society.
  • Recognize most current and detailed research methods to critically examine human behavior in social settings.
  • Discuss the effects of socialization and social constraints that have shaped our diverse society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sociological theories and their applications in contemporary society.

Sociology Transfer Pathway Job Placement: TBD

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Important Documents
Sociology Transfer Pathway Program Planning Worksheet (PDF)

Career Opportunities

Many occupations within the field of sociology require a graduate degree either at the master or doctoral level. Completing the A.A. and bachelor's degree is the first step in this educational process.

  • Politics
  • Advocacy
  • Business
  • Human resources
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Research

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Program includes a range of courses in different areas of sociology as a science, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of the Family, Social Deviance, and Diversity and Social Change. It is also combined with the Social Psychology course offered by the Psychology Department.
  • Emphasis is on developing a real-world understanding of sociological phenomena and theories, with a variety of teaching techniques such as lecture, discussion, video, interactive materials, and service learning opportunities.
  • Instructors have backgrounds that include areas such as criminal justice, religion and philosophy, psychology, human resources, and the military.


  • Greg Cady began his teaching career in 2004 as an adjunct instructor at the college with acceptance of a full-time position in 2007. He has dedicated nearly eighteen years to the criminal justice profession, serving in various positions. Additionally, he is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with over twenty years of service. He lives in Red Wing with his wife LeAnn and enjoys skiing, boating, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

  • Carrie Maynard-Allen has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Marriage and Family, Moral Problems, English Essentials I & II, and College Writing I at Southeast since 2006. In addition, she has team-taught Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing with colleague Pete Beurskens. She has also served as a professional tutor at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) focusing on numerous subjects including English, sociology, psychology, and moral problems, along with helping students build resumes and application essays for scholarships. Carrie is also a published poet who loves to create one-of-a-kind natural gemstone earrings and necklaces in her spare time. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their three cats: Sam, Sophie, and Sasha.

  • An Iowa native, Amy Whitcomb has been teaching psychology since 1999, and came to MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus in the fall of 2010. In the past, she has done counseling and social work, but decided she loved teaching far more than trying to save the world. While she is interested in most areas of psychology and criminal justice, social psychology and criminology are her favorites. In her spare time, she likes reading true crime accounts, watching true crime shows, listening to opera and classic rock, and spending time with her children. She has become an excellent cook, but remains unfulfilled by it.

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