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Tracy Ross

Chair, Sociology

Social Sciences Integrative Learning

Donahue 251

413.552.2348 (Tel)

Sociology

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Sociologists use scientific methods to study various aspects of society and human behavior using a humanistic approach that centers equity.

In HCC's sociology program, you'll learn to value intersectionality, embrace diversity, and openly support gender inclusivity. Sociology is a constantly evolving area of study due to the fluid nature of the social world. Subjects include equity, inequality, and social hierarchy, as well as religion, sexuality, law, technology, education, social problems, the environment, and health. Our classes also delve into techniques used while doing research such as social network analysis, content analysis, and other combined qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The career possibilities for a student with an associate degree in sociology are quite diverse. In addition to teaching or conducting field research, some of the more common employment sectors include work in social services such as rehabilitation, case management, and/or work in the non-profit sector. However, many also choose to pursue careers in other areas such as law enforcement, human relations, real estate, marketing, STEM, art, social entrepreneurship, and journalism.

sociology degree


General Education Requirements Program Requirements
ENG 101 (3 credits) Select any five 200-level SOC courses; pre-requisite SOC 110
C- ENG 095-099 SOC 204: Sociology of Death & Dying
ENG 102 (3 credits) SOC 208: Substance Abuse
ENG 101 C- or better SOC 213: Urban Sociology
Lab Science (4 credits)* SOC 214: Social Problems
Lab Science (4 credits)* SOC 215: Sociology of Sex & Gender
SOC 110 (3 credits) ENG 101 SOC 216: Environmental Sociology
PSY 110 (3 credits) ENG 101 SOC 220: Race & Ethnicity
PSY 142 (4 credits) PSY 110 & MTH 095-099 C- or SM18 or MTH placement test adequate score SOC 230: Sociology of the Family
SOC SCI Elective (3 credits)
HUM Elective (3 credits)
HUM Elective (3 credits)
HUM Elective (3 credits)

Program Electives
Select 9-12 credits. Suggested electives:
ANT 101
PHI 103 or 120
HIS 101-102
Foreign language if transferring to four-year college
Only six non-arts and science credits may be taken

total credits: 60-62

*Pre-requisite may be required.

View a PDF of requirements and electives.

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Tracy Ross

Chair, Sociology

Social Sciences Integrative Learning

Donahue 251

413.552.2348 (Tel)