Welcome to the
the Department Chair, Dr. Anne Marenco
Sociology is a scientific discipline that studies group behavior and
dynamics. Sociologists investigate a wide range of social
experiences that take place within institutions, communities and
societies. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the
subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the
hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions
of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common
culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport.
Although the Sociology major is designed
to prepare students for further studies in the discipline, the critical
thinking, reading, writing, and oratory skills gained by the study of
this social science will not only assist the transfer-level student, but
those entering the job market as well. The field provides a broad-based
knowledge of human behavior and social interaction which is transferable
to a multitude of areas including education, law, medicine, government,
administration of justice, and organizations.
The mission of the Sociology Department is to offer a diverse course
listing, including a variety of time, day, modality, and location
schedules. The department strives to offer courses that will fulfill GE
requirements for students who plan to 1) attain an A.A. Degree in
Sociology or another educational program, 2) transfer to a four-year
college or university, or 3) earn units to assist in obtaining
employment or advancing in a current position.
The Sociology Department is working to
integrate discipline-related topics into the larger campus through
inter-departmental activities. In addition, it is fostering diversity
awareness throughout classes and campus activities (e.g., sociology
lecture series), as well as promoting civic engagement through
service-learning projects. The department encourages scholarship and
research of faculty and students.