Sociology provides a better understanding of what makes people behave the way they do. Learn about the kinds of groups people create and how basic social processes are built.

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The study of sociology focuses on groups of people and the specific interactions that take place as part of the basic social processes. How group activities influence individual members are also analyzed.

Sociology Education Plan

Degree: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: Sociology

Notes for Students

  • Sociology majors are encouraged to develop a broad base in the social sciences to include PSYC& 100 General Psychology and PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology.
  • Sociology students are strongly encouraged to study a language.

Fall Quarter

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution* - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • ANTH/SOC 225 Cultural & Ethnic Pluralism - 5 credits
  • SOC& 201 Social Problems - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits

* A language is recommended.

Fall Quarter

  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution** - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ANTH& 201 Indians of North America - 5 credits
  • Elective - 2 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • Elective - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

** ENVS& 100 is recommended.


Sociology Classes

Study of society and human interaction. Topics include social ranking, change, deviance, social control, the creation of thought and personality, groups, institutions, political and economic power, social movements, and how to gather valid sociological information.
Introduction to the study of the family as a social institution. An overview of social theories and methodological underpinnings will be included.


Cooperative Work Experience allows students to apply classroom learning to on-the-job settings. Credit is earned for new and continued learning taking place in the work environment. Reaching set learning objectives and development of positive work habits are emphasized. The Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator, the student employee, and the worksite supervisor identify the learning objectives. 30-360 hours on-the-job per quarter. Instructor’s permission is required. Corequisite: Enrollment in a Work Experience Seminar is required of co-op students. You may take the Work Experience Seminar before or in the same quarter as the co-op course. 
Investigate problems within society and how we view certain social conditions as social problems. Topics include technology, environment, population, economy, class, race/ ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, family problems, education, cities, deviance, crime, mental health, physical health. 
Examine ethnicity, ethnic identity, and cultural characteristics of ethnic and social groups in North America and around the world. Understand the relationship between social organization and forms of social, economic, and political domination and subordination. 


Christian Bruhn (he/him/his)
Dean of Instruction – Arts & Sciences
Office: WSC 118-A
Email Christian Bruhn