Welcome to Sociology!
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of the many ways in which social and cultural situations shape human behavior. It is a very diverse and wide-ranging field. Students of sociology will examine the ways in which society affects individual behavior, and individuals affect society. Issues like culture, group dynamics, poverty, race, gender, sexuality, crime, religion, and population are studied, among many others. Students of sociology learn to examine information and draw conclusions by thinking critically about the causes and consequences of human behavior.
Sociology Courses at Hill College
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
SOCI 1306 Social Problems
SOCI 2301 Marriage & the Family
SOCI 2306 Human Sexuality (Cross-listed as PSYC 2306)
SOCI 2319 Minority Studies
SOCI 2326 Social Psychology (Cross-listed as PSYC 2319)
SOCI 2340 Drug Use and Abuse
SOCI 2389 Academic Cooperative
Students seeking to fulfill the 3-hour Social/Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum requirement may use SOCI 1301, 1306, or 2301, PSYC 2301 or 2314, or ECON 2301 or 2302. Behavioral Science Majors need to take specific core courses, depending on their major track.
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE MAJOR TRACK REQUIREMENTS
The Behavioral Science Degree Plan is designed for students transferring to a four-year university, and completion of the program will lead to an Associates of Arts Degree with a major track in Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work.
A. Core Requirements for Behavioral Science StudentsMathematics Core: Recommended MATH 1342 Statistics Humanities Core: Recommended SPAN 2311 or 2312 Social/Behavioral Sciences Core: Required Psychology Track: SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306 or SOCI 2301 Required Sociology Track: PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314 or ECON 2301 Required Social Work & Interdisciplinary Track: SOCI 1306
B. Psychology Track ElectivesSelect 15/16 Hours from Below: PSYC 2301 General Psychology REQUIRED PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only) PSYC Electives1,2
C. Sociology Track ElectivesSelect 15/16 Hours from Below: SOCI 1301 Intro to Sociology REQUIRED PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only) SOCI Electives1,2
D. Social Work & Interdisciplinary Track ElectivesSelect 15/16 Hours from Below: SOCW 2361 Intro to Social Work REQUIRED SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology REQUIRED PSYC 2301 General Psychology REQUIRED PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only) PSYC or SOCI Electives1,2
1 Students may count the cross-listed courses, PSYC 2319/SOCI 2326 Social Psychology and PSYC 2306/SOCI 2306 Human Sexuality, towards any Behavioral Science major track, regardless of which course prefix appears on their transcripts.
2 Students may not count PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks (3 Credit Hours) towards any Behavioral Science major track.
Employment Opportunities in Sociology
Sociology develops the ability to think critically, examine and synthesize information, and understand how society and social situations affect human behavior and ideas. Sociology students will learn basic facts about how society is structured. They will examine, also, the ways in which our culture and our place in society help predict habits, reactions, opinions, and well being. Because understanding human behavior is so essential to social life, sociology lends itself to many, many occupations. Some of the most common fields of study, occupations, and employers of sociologists are listed below.
Fields of Study
Deviance & Crime
Marriage and Family
Gender and Sexuality
Race and Ethnicity
Poverty and Wealth
Work & Organizations
Sales & Marketing
State & Local Agencies
CPS & Family Services
US Bureau of Justice
US Bureau of Labor
Colleges & Universities
Health & Human Services
For more information about jobs obtained by students of sociology, see the American Sociological Association's "Facts on Jobs and Careers" website at http://asanet.org/employment/factsoncareers.cfm.