Sociology

The Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice department offers a program in Sociology leading to an associate in arts degree. This program offers a comprehensive general education preparation, as well as a solid foundation for continuing on to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology. In addition, this program fully articulates with Brooklyn College’s bachelor degree program in sociology.

What is sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of society. It is a social science that studies social interactions and social structures, as well as stability and change in social life. It considers how social relationships influence individual behavior, and how societies (the sum total of those relationships) develop and change over time. Sociology covers everything from the analysis of brief, wordless contacts between strangers on a train to the rise of social movements and of global, socio-technological processes.

Applied sociology uses the “sociological imagination” to analyze and address problems in human behavior and society; such efforts include urban planning and community organizing.

What can you do with a sociology degree?

Students who major in sociology tend to eventually work in fields that deal with people; these professions include working in education, counseling, community organizing, law, marketing, social services, and non-profit organizations.

Common Core

Required Common Core

12
Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core

18
Total Flexible Core
30
Total Common Core

Curriculum Requirements

9
SOC XXX
Sociology Electives
4
SOC 300
Sociology Capstone
6
SOC XXX
Social Science Electives1
8
XXX XXX
Liberal Art Electives
30
Total Curriculum Requirements
60
Total Program Requirements

NOTES:
1 Choose 2 social science courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, human services, philosophy, political science or psychology.

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