Sociology is a behavioral science that emphasizes
relationships among people from simple
face-to-face relationships through formal
organizations to whole societies. Sociology’s subject
matter ranges from the intimate family to the
hostile mob, from crime to religion, from divisions
of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a
common culture, from the sociology of work to the
sociology of sports. Sociologists seek to understand
interaction of individuals with institutions and
social organizations and the norms, values, beliefs,
and traditions that make social life possible and
meaningful. It stresses how behavior is influenced by
societal structures and how consensus (agreement)
and conflict (disagreement) among groups
affects society. Sociology students are expected
to be able to think critically and scientifically
about human behavior, and to be able to apply
the principles of sociology to an understanding of
The sociology program has two goals. The first
goal is to provide basic sociology courses that are
foundations for further understanding of other
courses in sociology and related fields and to
prepare for transfer to baccalaureate institutions for further study. The second goal is to offer courses
that may provide additional information regarding
sociology of interest to community college students,
or that are applications of sociological principles.
Most career options directly related to sociology
require graduate level degrees. However, there are
several applied and paraprofessional occupations
that may not require education beyond the associate
degree. The following list includes some of the
many career options available with preparation
in sociology beyond the associate degree:
advertising researcher, community college professor,
criminologist, manager, probation officer, social
services professional, and university professor.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the program will be able to:
- Apply the sociological imagination and be able to differentiate between sociology and other social sciences.
- Analyze critical inquiry of personal experience, over-generalization, and simplistic understandings of human behavior through the application of various sociological theories.
- Propose critical questions and issues facing our society today, particularly the US role in a globalized world.
- Critically assess how the theoretical underpinnings of sociology explicitly challenge the dominant ideologies in US society and the role of sociology to produce social change.