Learn how sociological research can find solutions to our toughest social problems with an associate or bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dean College.

Poverty, inequality, consumerism and crime are all social problems. With an associate or bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dean College, you’ll learn how to use a variety of research tools to identify the root causes of complex societal issues and advocate for change. 

Program Overview

Sociologists attempt to answer some of the toughest questions facing society. Why do people commit crime? Why is there growing income equality between the rich and poor? Are we giving too much power to technology? What are the damaging effects of institutional racism? 

An associate or bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dean College will equip you with the theoretical framework and research methods to answer these questions and more. Trained sociologists find rewarding work in social advocacy organizations, as public policy analysts, in law enforcement, and as researchers with universities, nonprofits and private foundations. 

Through coursework, you will learn how the social world is organized, how societies experience and resolve conflict, and the way cultures differ. You will develop a broad-based understanding of diversity and issues of social justice as well as the research process utilized in sociology and related fields. You will also explore the complex influence of societal forces on individual human behavior. Topics include:

  • Social Inequality and Stratification
  • Technology and Society
  • Visual Sociology 
  • Social Movements and Collective Behavior
  • Criminology: Theories of Crime
  • Consumer Culture

Beyond the Classroom

Every sociology student has the opportunity to complete a for-credit internship with a local or regional social advocacy group, social work agency, police department, juvenile detention center, public policy think tank or beyond. Bachelor’s degree candidates also complete a senior seminar and senior capstone research project.

An Associate or bachelor's degree in sociology is an excellent foundation for further study, including graduate and professional schools. Post-baccalaureate options include master’s programs in sociology, social work or criminal justice, law school, journalism school and more. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Sociology program best of breed? 

  • Complete a for-credit internship with a local or regional social advocacy organization or law enforcement agency.
  • Learn in classes that are engaging and hands-on, that connect with students' interests and career plans.
  • Participate in advocacy-oriented campus organizations like Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Dean Community Outreach.  

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*
  • Associate Degree

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

Sociology Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
HIS OR ECO ELE History or Economics Elective 3
SOC 245 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
200-LEVEL SOC ELE 200-level Sociology Electives 12
UPPER-DIVISON MAJOR ELE Upper-Division Sociology Electives 12
SOC 495 Senior Capstone 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
Total Credits 57

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 24
Total Credits 24

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20

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