The Sociology Major
The mission of the Sociology major (associate degree) is to introduce students to the primary theoretical perspectives of the discipline and to provide them with a foundation in the substantive areas of sociology (race, gender, family) upon which they can build a baccalaureate degree.
Through the course of study in the Associate Degree in Sociology, students will be provided an opportunity to learn how to:
• apply critical thinking skills about social issues.
• understand the sociological perspective, and explain social phenomena using the three main theoretical frameworks of conflict theory, structural-functionalism, and symbolic interactionism.
• understand diversity and issues of social justice.
• understand the research process in sociology.
Many students choose Sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields. The undergraduate degree provides a strong liberal arts preparation for entry level positions throughout the business, social service, and government worlds.
Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate education in sociology provides. Since its subject matter is intrinsically fascinating, sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration – fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. A major in Sociology is also excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied sociologist.
For more information about the courses you will take for this degree program, please click below:
Associate degree sociology students interested in earning a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Studies with a concentration in Social Sciences/Sociology may apply and complete Dean College's 4-year BA in Liberal Arts and Studies. For more information on this degree, please click here.