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.
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.
Students who major in sociology tend to work in fields that deal with people; these professions include working in education, counseling, community organizing, law, marketing, social services, and non-profit organizations.
BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there.
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Required Common Core
- This course studies the social world and how it has evolved over time, as well as how individuals are influenced and structured by social interactions in small groups and by larger social forces. The course covers major sociological theories and research methods, and key concepts such as culture, socialization, social class, race/ethnicity, gender, technology, social inequality, and social change.
1 Choose 2 social science courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, human services, philosophy, political science or psychology.