Sociology investigates through research the ever changing world of human behavior, social organization, and processes of individual and institutional change.  The discipline encompasses principles of society with reference to culture, population, social stratification, institutions, socialization of the child, group dynamics, personality, social change, gender and behavior, social roles and communities; rational interpretation of man/woman and the culture in which he/she lives.

Sociology involves: (1)  an understanding of the sociological imagination; (2) a demonstration of competency in manipulating data and social situations that are appropriate to the questions asked; (3) a demonstration of knowledge of and the ability to use and apply theory to social data; (4) a demonstration of competency using the basic elements of sociological research;  (5) the use of sociological concepts and theories to interpret social situations;  and (6) research that advances our understanding of social processes and/or social structures.


SOC 112 Service Exploration and Social Issues (1 CR)

Students will learn about the service learning design and prepare for travel during JC’s spring break by engaging in local service experiences. Students will develop team-building and communication skills, in addition to first aid response. Students will complete reflective essays related to local community service activities. Fundraising activities will be explored and implemented. A minimum of 16 hours of local service is required.

SOC 117 Criminology (3 CR) (Same as CRJ 117)

Provides an understanding of the cultural nature, origin and development of criminal behavior with attention given to the psychological and sociological factors involved.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

SOC 122 Service in Action (2 CR)

Students will travel during JC’s spring break to a pre-determined site to perform a minimum of 45 hours of service learning. Students will demonstrate team-building and communication skills. Understanding of cultural and geographic issues will be assessed through reflective writings. Must be enrolled in six credits at the time of the service trip.

Prerequisite: SOC 112

SOC 152 Social Psychology (3 CR) (Same as PSY 152)

Theoretical synthesis of social influences, including attitude formation, social and cognitive development, aggression, prosocial behavior, prejudice, conformity, culture and gender differences/influences, group processes and interpersonal attraction.

Prerequisite: PSY 140 or SOC 231

SOC 203 Field Studies (3 CR) (Same as CRJ 203)

Only open to students who have reached sophomore level (26 or more credit hours), a minimum 2.5 GPA and permission of the department. An opportunity for students to work for one semester in a law enforcement agency.

SOC 231 Principles of Sociology (3 CR)

The discipline and its contributions to understanding the fundamental processes of social interaction. Includes development of self, socialization process, groups and social structure. Application of sociological principles to our society by examination of relevant research.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

SOC 235 Minority Groups in America (3 CR)

Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

SOC 236 Women in a Changing Society (3 CR) (Same as ENG 236)

Inquiry into historical and changing roles of women, looking at causes of these changes and their effects on women and society through literature, sociology, biology and history.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 131

SOC 246 Marriage and Family (3 CR)

The position and significance of marriage and the family in contemporary society are examined. Issues are examined within the larger political, historical and social context, including marriage and family values within diverse ethnic, minority and gender identity groups. SOC 231 recommended before enrolling in this course.

Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*

* You may meet this prerequisite based on your course placement, ACT score or successful college coursework. Visit for current assessment options and requirements.