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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:

M. E.
◈ Studied AB in Sociology
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: Like most of the graduating high school students, I did not know what course to take. I was just checking the application form of different universities and choose from the list of courses that they are offering. So, that was how I ended in AB Sociology.

At first, I did not like the course because it talks about a lot of theories that I did not know how to apply and I did not know the relevance to my life. But as my learning and understanding of the course widened, I finally understood the importance of my course in the society and the skills that I acquired from studying AB Sociology. It was a very interesting course for me because I was able to go to different places and learn different societies’ cultures and traditions, which you cannot do if you take other courses.

In taking AB Sociology you should expect that you will be required to write a lot: from writing a reaction paper to writing research paper. Don’t be afraid, it may sound complicated but practice makes perfect and since you will be required to write a lot of papers you will get the hang of it after some time and will be able to write your researches perfectly. The part of studying AB Sociology that I enjoyed a lot was doing surveys. I did a survey about the effectiveness of a new program introduced to a municipality thru a structured-interview with housewives and presented it to the class.

Just make sure that when deciding what course to take, think first what career you want to pursue and your interests. Because all the courses are difficult in different levels and it takes hard work and passion for you to be able to finish it and get your college diploma!

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am a running my own business.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The things that I learned in Sociology is very significant in my professional career. As a human resource personnel I interact with a lot of people with different backgrounds and I am able to understand our differences because of the learning I had in college.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was a working-student so after graduation it did not take me long to get my first job. I worked as an Human Resource personnel in an international company 1 month after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Sociology: I would recommend AB Sociology for others to study if they like to interact with other people, if they are open-minded and if they like to go to different place while studying!
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