Sociology is a behavioral science that is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of human interactions, social processes, culture, and social structures. It examines the tension that exists between structure, or social constraint, and agency, or individual free will, by analyzing both everyday social interactions and large social institutions. Sociologists study topics such as work, family, education, crime, gender, race, social class, the economy, politics and government, religion, sports, and social movements, understanding them through multiple perspectives. Sociology students will learn to apply the sociological perspective to the world around them. The Sociology Program is suited to the needs of transfer students who wish to major or minor in Sociology or related fields, as well as students who wish to apply sociological principles to other areas of their lives.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Sociology program will be able to:
- Be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written exams and quizzes.
- Integrate logical thinking, including informed fact and assessment, based upon theories and practices in the field, tying together classical and contemporary theories of social groups and modalities and their interrelatedness for both the group and the individual perspective.
- Organize the comprehension of the fields of Sociology as expressed through written and oral sources.
- Apply appropriate learning and analyze theories within the field, explaining these through written and oral methodologies.
- Develop skills in problem solving, communication, and critical thinking within the interrelationship of Sociology to other fields of the social sciences.