Hill College


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.


Karen Kaiser, Ph.D.
Sociology Instructor &
Behavioral Science
Department Coordinator
(817) 760-5888
William Gilker, M.A.
Sociology Instructor &
Dean of Students
(817) 760-5504




SOCI 1301

SOCI 1306

SOCI 2301

SOCI 2306

SOCI 2319

SOCI 2326

SOCI 2340

SOCI 2389


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 Students

Mathematics 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 Electives

Select 15/16 Hours from Below:
PSYC 2301 General Psychology REQUIRED
PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks (1 Hour Only)
PSYC Electives1,2

C. Sociology Track Electives

Select 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 Electives

Select 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


Inequality Studies


Medical Sociology

Poverty and Wealth

Urban Studies

Work  & Organizations


Social Work


Data Collection

Sales & Marketing

Human Resources

Administrative Support



Data Analysis

Legal Work

Clerical Work

Information Technology

Public Relations


School Districts

State & Local Agencies

CPS & Family Services


Probation/Parole Offices

US Census

US Bureau of Justice

US Bureau of Labor

Colleges & Universities

International Groups

Health & Human Services

Legal Offices

Private Companies

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.