What is “sociology”?

“Sociology” is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior using the methods of social science. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. The subject ranges from the family, to organized crime, to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of the environment.  

What can I do with a sociology degree?

The COA “sociology” program provides marketable social science job skills, and prepares sociology majors to transfer to universities and 4-year colleges.  Students get marketable social science skills by: 1) learning how to conduct ethnographic interview research on individuals and small groups; 2) doing service-learning projects with local police departments or non-profit organizations; and 3) learning how to do written social science research on a problem that provides reliable data to back up one’s report.  These skills are important in marketing, social work, business, criminology, government, and various non-profit organizations that help people with social problems.  To explore the jobs being offered to people with an A.A. or B.A. in sociology, use this non-profit job finder: 



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Analyze a social problem using sociological methods, concepts & theories.
  • Apply sociological imagination to everyday life with a commitment to social justice and equity in a diverse world.



    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods