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What is Sociology?

Sociology is “the study of society — a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies.
It’s the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes.” Source:

Sociology focuses on the key social issues facing the world 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.  
Sociology promises to provide data and theory that help to better understand the human and social realities we confront.
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Why major in Sociology?

Sociology helps one understand how the social world works and gives insight into why people do the things they do. 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.  Majoring in sociology prepares students to be leaders in the complex and changing world. They develop the knowledge and analytical skills that prepare them to embark on important careers and informed citizenship. 

Our faculty hold degrees from some of the top sociology departments in the country. They conduct important research, and hold memberships in the American Sociological Association, North Central Sociological Association and other national and international professional organizations. At Sinclair, they serve on curricular committees, lead study abroad programs and have received awards for excellence in teaching and service to the university. 


This area of study might be for you if:

  • Are you concerned with global and local challenges like inclusive urban development, intercultural dynamics, and immigration policy?  
  • You’re passionate about understanding how to make the world a better place. 
  •  You are inspired to pursue social justice, or concerned about ensuring human rights. 
  • You want to make an impact on gender, race and ethnicity, religion, social class, cultural diversity, globalization, and migration.






Book Icon Available Programs

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Associate of Arts
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 36 in order to graduate. View Full Program Details
Short-term Technical Certificate
The Global Studies Certificate provides students seeking a multicultural credential an opportunity to earn a short-term certificate that is completely aligned with a variety of AA degrees. Sinclair students with the desire to acquire knowledge and analytical skills in political, social, historical, scientific, linguistic, economic and cultural aspects are well suited for pursuing this certificate. View Full Program Details

Specialized Learning Spaces

Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Research Center is a computer classroom/lab in Building 12, Room 365 that provides an active learning space for students to reinforce sociological concepts based upon Sociology outcomes and objectives such as critical thinking and quantitative literacy in Sociology. More information about other Specialized Learning Space- CASI/SOCIOLOGY






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:


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