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Sociology Concentration

 

Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts

Program Advisor: Colin Adams
413-236-4579

Sociology examines the behavior of human beings as part of a society. This means that the topics can range from how people learn to be part of a society to how a basketball team operates in the world to why some societies have more crime than others. It involves careful and deep critical analysis of social processes applicable to a wide range of interests and subjects. 

The major in sociology at the baccalaureate level serves as preparation for a wide variety of careers including teaching, social and health services, urban and environmental studies, law, government service, marketing, advocacy, and related occupations.

The sociology concentration is structured to permit students to explore a number of areas in sociology. It closely parallels freshman, and sophomore studies at colleges offering liberal arts baccalaureate, degrees in sociology. It prepares students for admission to a university-level Bachelor of Arts program with a major in sociology, as well as a variety of social science fields.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this concentration should be able to:

  • Explain the different perspectives and concepts of Sociology;
  • Apply the concepts to social institutions and social issues embedded within diverse cultural, local, and global concepts;
  • Evaluate, compare, contrast, and critique various theoretical perspectives;
  • Analyze complex current issues using these theoretical perspectives and the basic concepts of sociology;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the role of evidence; and
  • Apply sociological knowledge to real world questions.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete all program and general education credits, plus the following additional requirements.

Program 30 credits
SOC Any 100-level sociology course 3
SOC Four 200-level sociology courses 12
Free Electives 15
General Education 32 credits
COM Communication 3
ENG-101 English Composition/Writing 6
ENG Literature 3

HIS-113 Western Civilization to 1500 or 
HIS-121 World History to 1500

3

HIS-114 Western Civilization Since 1500 or 
HIS-122 World History Since 1500

3

MAT Mathematics

3

ENV Environmental Studies

1
Natural or Physical Science 7
Humanities/Fine Arts 3

Additional Requirements

 

Core Competencies Portfolio

4 items

FORUM

4 units

Health/Fitness

30 hours

Minimum Cumulative Average Overall

2.000

 

Suggested Pathway to Graduation

The following is a suggestion for completing this concentration in two years. The actual time needed to complete it will vary according to each student’s individual needs.

First Semester  15 credits
SOC Any 100-level sociology course 3
ENG-101 English Composition/Writing 3
HIS-121 World History to 1500 3
COM Communication 3
Free Elective 3
Second Semester  16 credits
SOC Any 200-level sociology course 3
ENG-102 English Composition/Writing 3
ENV Environmental Studies 1

HIS-114 Western Civilization Since 1500 or 
HIS-122 World History Since 1500

3
MAT Mathematics 1 3
Free Elective 3
Third Semester  16 credits
SOC Any 200-level sociology course 3
Lab Science 4
ENG Literature 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Semester  15 credits
SOC Any 200-level sociology course 6
Natural or Physical Science 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3