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 fulfills the General Education Outcomes on Civil Society & Culture.