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The discipline of Sociology examines the behavior of humans in different groups within the society. It includes examination of various areas of inequalities, such as class, gender, race/ethnicity and age. It also includes examination of issues relating to the social structure of American society and its social institutions.

Knowledge and Skills

A career in Sociology may include performing the following tasks:

  • Analyze and interpret data in order to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
  • Plan and conduct research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty, and aging.
  • Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews.
  • Direct work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.

Program Curriculum

The Sociology curriculum does not lead to a particular degree, but may meet Social & Behavioral Science or Cultural Diversity/Awareness requirements towards fulfillment of an Associates Degree or Certificate. Note: For specific course applicability see General Education Designations in the course schedule class description.

Course List

Check with an academic advisor for specific program requirements.

Career and Employment Outlook

Sociologists study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations.

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