The Sociology Profession

The Study of Sociology allows us to understand the structure and dynamics of our society and other societies the intricate connection to human behavior within it and the individual life changes that affect it. Sociology examines the way in which humans interact with each other, whether as individuals, groups, organizations, communities, or various social and economic classifications including sex, age, race, or class, More than that, the course will take a look at other social institutions – family, economic, political, religious – and how they affect human attitudes, interactions and opportunities. Sociology addresses the sources and consequences of change in social arrangements and institutions that can alter or affect individuals and organizations in various ways. Students considering a course of study in sociology, or perhaps entering this profession, have the opportunity to contribute to a wide variety of fields including healthcare, social work, corrections and even criminology.


The Sociology Program

Throughout this program, students will take a look at culture, values, socialization, cooperation, conflict, inequality, deviance, violence, social conflict and control alongside the different social stratifications that make up our existence, our relationships and our everyday lives. The program focuses on globalization, cultural diversity, critical thinking, new technology, and the growing influence of mass media. Students who complete this program will gain a comprehensive understanding of Sociology, its origins, theories, applications and implications. This course explores sociological processes that underlie everyday life.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Examine the field of sociology in terms of history, theoretical perspectives, research methods, and ethical issues
  • Explain cultures, religion and family in socialization and their role in social interactions
  • Assess deviance and the reasons for deviant behaviors
  • Analyze the different social stratifications including sexual and racial discrimination
  • Critique inequalities in gender and age and their impacts on society
  • Assess various social groups and organizations within societies, and discuss their origin
  • Analyze poverty and its effects on society
  • Examine factors that influence decision making and choice
  • Analyze the history of politics, globalization, and the effects of transformation
  • Examine diversity in U.S. families and trends in marriages, remarriages, and divorce
  • Examine issues in education and factors that affect the educational system in the U.S.
  • Examine urbanization, evolution of various cities, and growth in global population
  • Analyze the history, theory of population growth, demographics, and social change
  • Examine the effects of growth and technology on social interactions and the environment
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.


Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.