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What Is Sociology?

Sociology, one of the youngest of the social sciences, is the study of social interaction, social change and the social causes and consequences of group behavior. The range of topics explored by sociologists is broad, including social stratification and inequality, race relations, gender and sexuality, marriage and family, crime and violence, economics and politics, and religion.

Why Study Sociology?

Students studying sociology explore fascinating and controversial topics such as crime, deviance, social inequity, gender roles, family life, racism and prejudice, globalization, work and occupations. Understanding what drives human interactions gives students a new perspective on their place in society. And, by studying social relationships and exploring controversial topics, students will have a greater understanding of the forces that drive social behaviors and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Sociologists often examine and address issues related to:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Government Assistance Programs
  • Refugees

Fields open to graduates who take the academic pathway in sociology at the associate level, and then go on to complete their bachelor’s degree, include:

  • Casework
  • Community Advocacy
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Children Services
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Public Health
  • Youth Outreach
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and these professional organizations: American Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Society.

1982 Sociology Pathway

 Associate of Arts, Pathway – Sociology

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area D: 
  • Recommended course: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Required Courses (9 Credit Hours):
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)*
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3 Credit Hours) or SOCI 2293 Marriage and Family (3 Credit Hours)
    • World language at the 1002 level or higher (3 Credit Hours)
  1. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3 Credit Hours)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
    • CRJU 2200 Social Science and the American Crime Problem (3 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 2110 Survey of U.S. History (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3 Credit Hours)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3 Credit Hours)
    • [SOCI  2293] Introduction to Marriage and Family (3 Credit Hours)
    • [SW  2000] Introduction to Social Work (3 Credit Hours)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3 Credit Hours)


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