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.
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Academic Program Maps
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.
- This Sociology Capstone will focus on special topics within the field and expertise of the instructor. It will provide a culminating experience for students by allowing them to explore a topic in-depth, engage in independent research, develop their analytic abilities and critical thinking skills, and apply concepts and theories to new cases. The capstone course will introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives, the basic research methodologies and research design issues, and the central analytical models in Sociology. Over the course of the semester, each student will engage in independent research that culminates in a research paper or project and a presentation to the class. Prerequisite: [ENG 100.5 or ENG 101] and SOC 100 and two (2) SOC major electives of which one (1) must be a 200-level course
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Common Core requirements.
- Choose at least 2 courses from SOC xxx (except SOC 100) and no more than one course from: AFL 125, AFL161, AFN 129, AFN 154, AFN256, LAT 150 or LAT 152.
- Choose 2 social science courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, human services, philosophy, political science or psychology.
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.