The Sociology Option is intended for students desiring a solid liberal arts education as well as those interested in transferring to four-year colleges in the social sciences.
What will you learn?
Students select courses from areas such as family, religion, government, the environment, social changes, social deviance, social problems, substance abuse, social inequality, diversity,disability, race, class and gender.
The Department of Sociology at Holyoke Community College seeks to provide a thorough grounding in the historical and theoretical development of the field of sociology and to give students the tools to make this knowledge relevant to the world around them. The Sociology program provides the opportunity to combine a liberal arts education with a unique focus on the study of human societies including social dynamics, institutions, diversity, and inequality. Through its use of scientific methods and systematic theory, sociologists seek to identify and explain the underlying patterns of social relations. This knowledge base allows students to gain insights into and challenge assumptions about the fundamental elements of human systems behavior. Sociologists are particularly concerned with understanding diversity in our social world and addressing inequality.
What will you do?
Continue your education at a four-year college or university, or enter the workforce! The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in a number of arenas, including research, education, social work, human services, law enforcement, probation and corrections, government, non-profit organizations, labor relations, business management, personnel administration and market analysis.
60-62 total credits
35 credits General Education Requirements + Recommended course choice: SOC 213, 214, 215, 220, & 235. Choose any five SOC courses to equal 15. credits Program Requirements
Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.
General Education Requirements
Recommended course choice: SOC 213, 214, 215, 220, & 235. Choose any five SOC courses to equal 15. CREDITS
Choose any AS elective or two non AS electives sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement
Program Electives - Only six non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.
This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.
Re: Program Electives: Most four-year colleges require two years of a foreign language. It is recommended that students complete or begin foreign language study at Holyoke Community College.