Learn how our social world and the people within it shape each other.

Sociologists use social science research methods to examine human interactions, collective meaning-making, and social structures. Why do we, as individuals and groups, behave the way we do? What social factors can lead people to do the “right” or “wrong” things? How do institutions structure our positions, opportunities, and experiences in society? How are systems of inequality reproduced and disrupted? How is social order maintained? What leads to social change?

When you take sociology classes at Centralia College, you will explore the answers to these questions and the social research tools used to study them. You’ll learn about how social forces have shaped your own and others’ lives, increase your social awareness and intercultural competence, and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills. Centralia’s sociology education plan will guide you through the requirements for the Associate in Arts (AA) degree and prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Sociology prepares students for a wide range of careers in fields such as social work, education, criminal justice, human resources/management, and social research.

Visit the American Sociological Association’s website for more information on careers in sociology. 

Degree: Associate in Arts

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.
First Year  
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.

Second Year  
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.

SOC& 101 - Introduction to Sociology

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.

SOC 125 - Sociology of the Family

Introduction to the study of the family as a social institution. An overview of social theories and methodological underpinnings will be included.

SOC 190 - Cooperative Work Experience

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. 

SOC& 201 - Social Problems

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. 

SOC 225 - Cultural & Ethnic Pluralism

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.  

Learn more about sociology and how it relates to your educational path, career goals, and social world by clicking on the links below.


Dr. Rachel Bryant-Anderson (she/her/hers)
Pro-Rata Assistant Professor – Sociology
Office: TAC 311
Email Dr. Bryant-Anderson