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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social behavior. “Sociology is the discipline that gives the greatest attention to social differences, social hierarchy, and the relevance of social power in everyday life. Sociology allows for consideration of those things that are not immediately visible in ordinary lives, and often not neatly understandable. These are relevant to how social life is structured and organized. One must look beyond individual motivations or psychological foundations to gain a better understanding of one’s social location such as gender or race and how these influence their thinking and behavior.” Adapted from http://huffingtonpost.com

Examples of professional areas/positions include but are not limited to:
Research Scientist Demography
Policy Analyst Medical Sociology
Law and Social Control Enforcement Organization Management (Business)

Why major in Sociology?

Majoring in sociology offers many benefits. Sociology helps one understand how the social world works and gives insight into why people do the things they do. Being able to understand people and work in groups is a skill that employers note are needed in the workplace. Majoring in sociology will help develop important critical thinking skills, research skills and provide specific knowledge of culture and other important aspects of day-to-day life.  The content of sociology is particularly important in a rapidly changing social world. Sociology promises to provide data and theory that help to better understand the human and social realities we confront. Sociology focuses on the key social issues facing the world in order to better understand how to develop policies and programs to improve the challenges facing our planet, for example:  poverty, urbanization, inequalities, globalization, immigration, and environmental change.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-little/college-sociology-major_b_1641546.html

This area of study might be for you if:
  • Are you interested in understanding why people do the things they do?
  • Do you find yourself wondering what role history, society, and culture play in everyday life?
  • Do you see the social problems facing the world as a personal challenge and desire to work with others to find solutions?
  • Do you want to understand how families, economics, politics, education and religion shape lives?

What are the expectations of the Sociology program?

The primary outcomes of the sociology program are:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the sociological perspective is defined as a) concern with the totality of social life, b) emphasis on the context (setting) in which behavior takes place c)  recognition that meaning is a social product, arbitrarily agreed upon d)  focus on the group and social interaction.
  • Understand scientific research methods used to study society. Interpret statistical tables, graphs, charts as they apply to an understanding of the human behavior and social life.
  • Demonstrate professional effectiveness and teamwork by exhibiting leadership, cooperation, and making productive contributions to group written & oral assignments.  Students must also demonstrate a respect for diverse view points within the group.
  • Examine diversity in society and the impact of social stratification hierarchies (the inequalities) of gender, race/ethnicity, gender, and age.
  • Demonstrate social responsibility and an ethic of service:  attitudes and understandings needed to live in a society as responsible citizens and to contribute to building a caring and just society.

General Education:
Sociology supports the following general education outcomes: 

What skills will I gain from being in the Sociology program?

Sociological education involves learning the following specific skills and competencies that employers seek:

  • Communication skills (listening, verbal and written communication, working with peers, and effective interaction in group situations)
  • Analytical and research skills
  • Computer and technical literacy
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and multitasking (ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks, adapt to changing situations and handle pressure)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Sensitivity to diversity in the workplace and in the communities served
  • Organizing skills thoughts and information, planning effectively (ability to design, plan, organize and implement projects and to be self-motivated
  • Ability to conceptualize and solve problems and be creative
  • Working with others (ability to work toward a common goal)
  • Personal values (honesty, flexibility, work ethic, dependability, loyalty, positive attitude, professionalism confidence, willingness to learn

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Associate of Arts
Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The Associates of Arts in Sociology can lead to successful transfer to a four-year college or university baccalaureate program. Sociology provides 21st century skills for all students regardless of the major: The ability to critically analyze social problems/issues necessary for responsible decision making; a systematic approach to information gathering and interpretations of data; a fundamental comprehension of multi-cultural differences and global diversity. With an associate’s, students can begin working in the field as paraprofessionals in social service & business settings. The curriculum fulfills the freshman and sophomore general education requirements for most four-year colleges and universities. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module in order to graduate.

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Specialized Learning Spaces

The Sociology Department houses the following specialized learning spaces:

Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Research Center is a computer classroom/lab in Room 12-363 that supports the program/course outcomes of quantitative literacy in Sociology.

Description of the specific services or activities of the center or lab: Sociology classes are held on a regular basis in this computer classroom/lab. The lab allows for the integration of data analysis learning activities associated with the Sociology curriculum. The Research Center is used extensively during both Fall and Spring semesters by Sociology students to conduct the bi-annual All-Grad Study on behalf of Research, Analytics and Reporting at Sinclair.

Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Student Learning Lab in Room 12-365 provides an active learning space for students to bolster sociological concepts based upon the Sociology/Social Work outcomes and objectives, as well as facilitate general education outcomes, such as literacy and communication skills.

Description of the specific services or activities of the center or lab:

  • Audio, video and tabletop activities that students watch, listen and complete assignments related to Sociology course content.
  • Interactive, computer generated assignments and assessments are provided by Full-time and Part-Time faculty members associated with each of the disciplines.
  • Course textbooks for all Sociology, courses that are offered for the semester are available for students to use.
  • Student workers with an advanced knowledge of Sociology, help with course materials and assignments.
 

Honors Program

The Sociology Department is a strong supporter of the Honors Program at Sinclair Community College.  Students with a 2.8 GPA or higher seeking opportunities for academic challenge are eligible to take any sociology course for honors. The majority of the faculty in Sociology offer their courses for honors.  Honors projects range from doing research papers to completing some type of community service activity.  Honors students within the department have had opportunities to present at professional sociology conferences, participate in community forums, and have been recognized at the semester honors symposiums each semester.  Interested students should contact their faculty within the first week of the semester. For more information about the Honors Program at Sinclair Community College see the following website: /academics/honors-program/

 

Global Scholar Program

Many of the sociology faculty are engaged in global studies. In the past ten years, the department has sponsored ten trips to the U.S. Mexican Border and two trips to Guatemala. Several courses including Social Problems, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Global Poverty are global in their focus.   Courses in the department are part of the newly approved Global Studies Certificate and the Global Scholars program. For more information contact Kathy Rowell (Global Studies Director) at 512-3203 and read more on the Global Studies website: http://www.sinclair.edu/academics/honors-program/global-scholars-program/

 

Service Learning

Sociology is an engaging discipline and the department is highly engaged in the community. Faculty members serve of various boards in the area such as the Dayton League of Women Voters, the Dayton Council on World Affairs, and the Dayton International Peace Museum. Many faculty offer service learning opportunities for their students. Service Learning enables students to learn about sociology and also apply sociology to various community settings such as homeless shelters, food banks, senior citizen homes, tutoring, community research, and various other non-profit organizations. For more information about Service Learning at Sinclair Community College see the following website: http://www.sinclair.edu/about/learning/slearning/

 

Diversity Experiences

Students enrolled in Sociology courses are provided ample opportunity and encouraged to participate in department, division and college-wide events that support general education outcomes around diversity. Examples include field trips to the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center, presentations on campus by visiting scholars on relevant topics such as Francie Kendall or Jane Elliott, and department-led initiatives to bring groups like the Invisible Children to campus.


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