The Sociology program focuses on the science of human behavior. Introductory courses explore the development of personality, the role of culture, group dynamics, and social organization and institutions. Students also learn research design, methodology, analytical and interpretation skills to help students think critically about society and social issues. Advanced classes focus on modern social problems, race and ethnic relations, sociology of gender, sociology of the family, and the Latino experience in the U.S. The program offers an Associate of Arts degree for transfer to a four-year institution and prepares students for a broad range of careers in which effective reasoning, research, and communication skills are essential.
DEGREES & CERTIFICATES
Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Sociology
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The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree prepares students for a broad range of careers in which effective reasoning, research, and communication skills are essential.
Start your career as a professional and/or specialist in the areas below!
- College Professor
- Community Action Leader
- Community Developer
- Counselor (Guidance/Marriage & Family)
- Data Analyst
- Guidance/Marriage & Family Counselor
- High School Teacher
- Human Resource Manager
- Labor Organizer
- Lawyer/Legal Advocacy
- Management Consultant
- Parole Officer
- Police Officer
- Policy Analyst
- Program Coordinator
- Program Director
- Public Health Educator
- Public Relations Specialist
- Research Analyst
- Social Media/Media Planner
- Social Worker
- Survey Researcher/Pollster
- Urban Planner
Why major in Sociology?
Because sociology is about you and the world you live in. It is the scientific study of people and their activities, their work, their games, relationships, crimes, beliefs, organizations, problems and dreams. More than just a course of study, sociology is a way of thinking; a philosophy of life which not only examines how things exist, but also asks why things exist the way they do, and what can be done to make things better.
What skills can I develop as a Sociology Major?
Firstly, you obtain a broad education in such areas as social inequality, race and ethnic conflict, crime and delinquency, social policy and social change, global environmental problems, the sociology of family and gender. Through “hands on” experience (in class projects) you also acquire skills in social research and statistical analysis, in addition to computer literacy, as preparation for careers in government, industry, social services and social change organizations as well as academia.
What kind of future can I anticipate with a B.A. in Sociology?
Because of your broad educational grounding and your competency in obtaining, organizing, and evaluating data, a B.A. in sociology opens up countless doors in our increasingly information-oriented society. Whether you intend to pursue graduate work or enter directly into the job market, you will find yourself well equipped to handle the pressures of our competitive society. Many undergraduates in sociology continue to pursue their masters and doctorates in the field of sociology, social work, anthropology, urban planning and environmental studies, just to name a few.
Because of your exposure to research skills, interpersonal and organizational dynamics, and legal agencies, sociology is also an excellent preparation for law school, divinity school, or for careers in social services (e.g., social work, counseling) or social policy formation and evaluation (e.g., community organization, lobbying, governmental programming). Even at the B.A. level, sociology majors acquire positions such as teachers, research associates and statistical analysts, family counselors, writers (freelance and technical), volunteer program coordinators, parole officers and other positions in the criminal justice field, business managers, youth workers, lobbyists, labor organizers, and community action leaders.
What are the potential job fields for Sociology?
- Civil Service
- Community Organizing
- Criminal Justice
- Health Services
- Non-profit Organizations
- Public Relations
- Research Think Tanks
- Restorative Justice
- Social Justice
- Social Services
- Social Work
Is there a Sociology Club on campus?
Yes. You can learn more about us on Instagram @lbccsocioclub.