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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

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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.

9082 Sociology Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Sociology

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)  



Area D: 

  • Recommended course: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

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


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