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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


  • 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:

G. N.
◈ Studied BA Sociology
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1996

list bulletWhy did I choose Sociology: I am interested in studying human behavior. I was originally a BS Statistics major. During my first semester in college, I was having difficulty with Mathematics and even my final grade in Social Science was not high. After the first semester, I found out that I am more interested in studying people rather than numbers/figures.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned that our behavior is influenced by social facts. These social facts are something that are external to the individual - like the social group you belong, social context you are in and the social structure.
All the subjects were difficult. They only vary in the degree of being difficult.
All the subjects were useful. But I think, methods courses and rural sociology were the most useful. The usefulness of the latter course was because I worked in research institutions working with farmers.

list bulletMy current job: I am an assistant professor at UPLB.
I am handling both graduate and undergraduate courses in Sociology and the general education course, Social Science 1. I am assigned to teach the foundation course for Sociology major, General Principles of Sociology. I have at least taught almost all of the courses in sociology. I am also engaged in research activities.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Most of the things that you have learned in college was useful. It is not only the concepts and theories, but critical thinking, being resourceful and being a team player were useful.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Right after graduation, I was assured of a job. But, I waited for 2 months before the budget was released by the government for the job that I will be doing.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Sociology: The course might not be popular and people (especially the parents) would not understand sociology. However, after finishing BA sociology you would understand society better and you would be employed all your life. One can be researcher, teacher, development worker and even human resource development officer. Some students use it as a pre law course.

You can earn as much as P15,000 for a fresh graduate and P80,000 for more experienced employee.

Yes, it is a fulfilling and interesting career as you are dealing with people.
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