Sociology examines human societies, behavior, and culture. The field focuses on major areas of social life and institutions such as the economy, family, mass media, and religion. Sociology places an emphasis on the influence of economic class, race/ethnicity, and gender in understanding how people see the world and in how people have different levels of power within a society.
SOC 131-Introduction to Sociology provides an overview of the field. Students learn to analyze how societies and groups shape the ways that people act and think. For students wishing more in-depth exploration of sociology, the College offers SOC 132-Marriage and the Family; SOC 151-Contemporary Social Problems; SOC 152-Women, Men, and Society; SOC 251- Ethnic and Racial Diversity; and SOC 254/PSY 254-Social Psychology.
Sociology courses at the 100 level or above fulfill the graduation requirements for Associate in Arts and Associate of Science degrees in Group III - Social Sciences. SOC 131-Introduction to Sociology also fulfills the General Education Outcomes on Civil Society and Culture.