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Sociology

Associate in Arts

Sociology is not a program but a Liberal Arts discipline in the Social Sciences. Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior, groups and society. The discipline focuses on the socialization of individuals into their culture; the structure of organizations; Inequalities of social class, race, ethnicity & gender; the analysis of the social institutions that structure society- family, education, religion, politics & the economy; as well as the processes of stability, deviance and change in society.

Courses Offered: Introduction to Sociology, Marriage & Family, Human Sexuality, Social Problems, Urban Sociology, Race & Ethnic Relations & Introduction to Criminology.

Sociologists at the Bachelors, Masters and PhD Level are employed in a variety of career fields. Education is an obvious one, but you will also find them in both profit and non-profit organizations, all levels of government, human resources and in various research positions as most larger organizations now have Institutional Research areas.

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Program Information

Everyone can benefit from an introductory sociology class. It teaches students about the different groups and agents of socialization that helped shaped their personalities. They learn how our culture affects what we think is “normal,” how social changes affect everything from the types of jobs that are available to our concept of the family, and how our race, sex, and social class impact our lives. An introduction to the sociological perspective helps students understand themselves and the world around them.

Sociology as a Major

Taking upper-division sociology classes allows students to focus in greater depth on specific topics. Classes such as Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, Social Problems, or Introduction to Criminology (to name a few offered at Mott), expand on the sociological perspectives, historical background, and social policies related to these substantive areas. This knowledge prepares students for careers or further training in social services, criminal justice, government, nonprofit organizations, education, business, and others.

Master’s in Sociology

A Master’s degree in sociology focuses on learning substantive areas in even greater depth, and on the analytical and methodological tools sociologists need to conduct scientific research. At the Master’s level, students will take courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods and begin doing independent research. These skills prepare students for applied research work in settings like the government, nonprofits, think tanks, and program evaluation, as well as giving students the credential to begin teaching sociology at the part-time or community college level.

Doctorate in Sociology

After earning a doctorate, students have passed comprehensive exams and are considered experts in their fields of study. They have conducted extensive independent research through the dissertation process, and are qualified to teach and conduct research at the university level, as well as be principal investigators on research projects in other settings.

Michigan University Sociology Departments

  • Central Michigan University Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
  • Eastern Michigan University Department of Sociology,Anthropology, and Criminology
  • Ferris State University Department of Social Sciences
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University Department of Sociology
  • Oakland University
  • Western Michigan University Department of Sociology
  • Wayne State University Department of Sociology
  • University of Michigan Department of Sociology
  • University of Michigan - Flint Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
  • Degree Information

    • Credit Hours: 58 / 59
    • Contact Hours: 61 / 62

    Recommended Math Pathway: MATH-150

    Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 and ENGL-102

    Degree Pathway

    Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
    Year One
    Fall
    SOCY-191Intro to Soc 33
    ENG-101Comp I 33
    MATH-130College Algebra 44
    HIST-155US History since 1877 33
    Total 1313
    Winter
    SOCY-292Social Problems 33
    ENGL-102Comp II 33
    GEOL-151
      and
    GEOL-151L
       or
    GEOL-152
      and
    GEOL-152L
    Physical Geology
      and
    Physical Geology Lab
       or
    Historical Geology
      and
    Historical Geology Lab
    4
      and
    0
       or
    4
      and
    0
    3
      and
    2
       or
    3
      and
    2
    GEOG-142World Regional Geog 44
    MUS.-183
       or
    ART.-110
    World Music Apprec.
       or
    Art Appreciation
    3
      or
    3
    3
       or
    3
    Total 1718
    Year Two
    Fall
    COMM-200Survey of Human Comm 33
    ANTH-211Intro to Cultural Anth 33
    SCI.-101Scientific Inquiry 46
    Choose two of the following:
    SOCY-193Marriage and the Family 33
    SOCY-194Fundamentals of Human Sexuality 33
    SOCY-294Race and Ethnic Relations 33
    SOCY-296Urban Sociology 33
    SOCY-297Introduction to Criminology 33
    Total 1618
    Winter
    PSYC-281General Psych 33
    PHIL-251
       or
    PHIL-29
    Religious Worldviews
       or
    Ethics
    3
       or
    3
    3
       or
    3
    Choose two of the following:
    SOCY-193Marriage and the Family 33
    SOCY-194Fundamentals of Human Sexuality 33
    SOCY-294Race and Ethnic Relations 33
    SOCY-296Urban Sociology 33
    SOCY-297Introduction to Criminology 33
    Choose one of the following:
    ARBC-111Beginning Arabic 44
    CHI.-111Chinese 44
    FREN-151Elementary French 44
    GERM-111Elementary German 44
    JAPA-111Beginning Japanese 44
    RUSN-111Beginning Russian 44
    SPAN-181Elementary Spanish 44
    Total 16 16
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