Sociology

Sociology is the study of society and how individuals’ lives are shaped by the larger social structure. Sociologists study a wide range of topics, including inequality, race, gender and sexuality, family, media, crime and deviance, government, social policy, and religion.

The Sociology Program at WCC offers a range of courses that fulfill general education and transfer requirements and prepare students for further study in Sociology leading to BA, MA, MSW and/or Ph.D. degrees. Sociology provides students with career opportunities in education, criminology and law, social work, urban planning, and public policy. Most career options require more than two years of college study.

Students may choose between an Associate’s Degree (AA) or an Associate’s Degree for Transfer (AA-T), which is designed specifically for students planning to transfer to the CSU system.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between theory and evidence in the social sciences:
    1. Compare, contrast, and apply major sociological theories.
    2. Cite and evaluate evidence to support claims about the social world.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept and the consequences of social construction as they relate to major social stratification categories like class, race, and gender.
  3. Develop and apply a “sociological imagination” to recognize the role macro, social forces play in shaping the lives of individuals.

Degrees

Sociology Associate in Arts
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Core Courses (9 units)
SOCIL 1Introduction To Sociology3
SOCIL 2Social Problems3
SOCIL 8Social Science Research Methods3
Course Block Units: (9 Required)
9
Topical Courses - Choose two (6 units)
SOCIL 5Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SOCIL 6Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCIL 10Sociology of Marriage and Family3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Elective - Choose one (3-4 units)
STAT 1Introduction To Statistical Methods4
or
Any course not selected above3
TOTAL
18 or 19
Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer degree is designed specifically for students planning to transfer to the CSU system.

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Core Courses (6 units)
SOCIL 1Introduction To Sociology3
SOCIL 2Social Problems3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Topical Courses - Choose two (6 units)
SOCIL 5Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SOCIL 6Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCIL 10Sociology of Marriage and Family3
Course Block Units: (6 Required)
6
Methods Course - Choose One (3-4 units)
SOCIL 8Social Science Research Methods3
STAT 1Introduction To Statistical Methods4
Course Block Units: (3 - 4 Required)
3 or 4
Elective - Choose one (3-4 units)
PSYCH 22Social Psychology3
or
Any course not selected above3 or 4
TOTAL
18 or 19
Course Descriptions

SOCIL 1 – Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
Basic principles and concepts of sociology including culture, socialization, organizations, institutions, stratification, collective behavior and social change.

SOCIL 2 – Social Problems (3 units)
Survey of social problems in present-day American culture and application of sociological theory and analysis to issues such as poverty, racism, crime, healthcare, education, and the environment.

SOCIL 5 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 units)
Examines the social construction of categories of race and ethnicity in society. Focus on inequality and the impact of racial categorization on everyday life through institutions such as the labor market, schools, residential segregation, healthcare, media, and the criminal justice system.

SOCIL 6 – Sociology of Sex and Gender (3 units)
Sociological analysis of the construction, reproduction, and consequences of sex categories and gender roles. Emphasis on how gender designation of “male” and “female” impacts an individual’s life, including violence and abuse, sexual harassment, hate crimes, wage differentials and unequal opportunities.

SOCIL 8 – Social Science Research Methods (3 units)
Covers basic issues in the design and implementation of social science research. Topics covered include the scientific method, ethics, research design, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Completion or concurrent enrollment in STAT 1 strongly advised.

SOCIL 10 – Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 units)
Sociological analysis of marriage and family, including history, cross-cultural comparison, gender roles, sexuality, parenthood, and contemporary debates about family values, form, and function.