Sociology Area of Study

Program Info

Degree Type
Area of Study
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201

Program Description


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.

Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2017 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.