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AB in Sociology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is a four-year degree program that aims to equip students with sociological perspectives and skills necessary for understanding social issues and problems. It also teaches students how to explain and analyze the development of society and culture as well as human interactions based on historical context. The AB Sociology program provides a strong foundation on the theories and concepts of social processes, belief systems, human society, culture, and social interactions.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Sociology are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Institutions
  • Sociological Theories
  • Statistics in the Social Sciences
  • Ethnicity and Peace Studies
  • Special Topics in Sociological Theory
  • Human Ecology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociological Analysis
  • Readings in Sociology

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Sociology  are expected to be able to:

  • Explain concepts and theories of sociology accurately and thoroughly
  • Apply the competency in research when it comes to designing, implementing, and assessing social programs and projects
  • Analyze and solve social problems and issues
  • Effectively communicate ideas
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards of Sociology and its social sciences


On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in universities, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. 


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The AB in Sociology does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Sociology may pursue a career path in universities, government organizations, non-profit organizations, and research institutions. They may apply as a community worker, child welfare officer, human services worker, social science research assistant, social science teacher, human resource officer, social planner, social research, community development officer, or a foster care worker.

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Reviews of AB in Sociology graduates:

E. N.
◈ Studied AB in Sociology
◈ At Ateneo de Davao University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: My main reason for choosing Sociology as my course was to learn how to interact with groups and understand the way people think when they are in a collective body. This also helped develop my interpersonal skills, as well as my confidence in talking with other people.

list bulletMy current job: I currently work for the Ateneo de Davao University as a Social Studies teacher in the High School unit.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: For the Sociology course, I would say that it is practical, in a sense. Some students and graduates may not necessarily use it for academic purposes, but it is useful especially when speaking in front of groups. For example, those who have a fear of public speaking may at least quell their jitters through understanding the dynamics of the group he/she is addressing.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After graduation, I decided to take the summer off. So all in all, it took me two months to get to my first job. This was, of course, done with careful selection on my part.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Sociology: In terms of employment opportunities, a degree in Sociology would greatly help in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing, and Education.
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