• Sociology

  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    Sociology majors develop a strong understanding of the social structures that create, maintain and transform societies. A bachelor's degree in sociology provides an excellent liberal arts foundation for embarking on a wide range of career paths.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of key sociological concepts and apply them to the real world
    • Understand the connection between the individual and the broader society
    • Describe major theoretical paradigms and methodological approaches of sociology
    • Apply sociological concepts and principles to contemporary social problems
    • Apply sociological methodologies at an introductory level to developing an understanding of particular sociological phenomenon
    • Apply knowledge of human behavior and social phenomena to social and community issues
    • Embrace diversity and promote social understanding
    • Develop interdependent skills while functioning autonomously within the context of social systems

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a sociology degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-19 of the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
    • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Health and Physical Education requirement2 3
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    SOC205 General Sociology: Social Institutions 3
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Oral Communication requirement3 3
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Humanities requirement4 3-4
    Mathematics requirement2, 5 4-5
    Social Science requirement2 3-4
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Humanities requirement4 3-4
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Sociology elective6 3
    Elective2, 7 3
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Humanities requirement4 3-4
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement2 4
    Sociology elective6 3
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    Lab Science requirement2 4-5
    Sociology elective6 3
    Electives2, 7 7-8

    1 First year language electives may be satisfied with the following course sequences: ASL101-103, FR101-103, GER101-103, JPN101-103 and SPAN101-103.
    2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer degree; refer to degree requirements for course options, page 10.
    3 Suggested course to fulfill oral communication requirement is SP115.
    4 NOTE: Oregon transfer students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the second year of a language other than English (201-203 or equivalent) before graduation from their transfer school. Language courses may be used to fulfill humanities requirements. Refer to page 10.
    5 MTH243 is recommended.
    6 Suggested courses include: SOC206, SOC213, SOC216
    7 The credit requirement for the AAOT degree is 90. Credit hours listed for electives are approximations. Students must adjust their selection based on their credits needed to reach the AAOT degree requirement of 90.

    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    School Link
    Concordia University cu-portland.edu/admissions/applying/transfer_guides/MHCC_Transfer_Guide.pdf
    Eastern Oregon University eou.edu/cas/dssml/anth-soc
    Lewis & Clark College college.lclark.edu/departments/sociology_and_anthropology
    Oregon State University oregonstate.edu/cla/sociology
    Portland State University pdx.edu/sociology/home
    Southern Oregon University sou.edu/sociology/index.html
    University of Oregon sociology.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/index.php
    University of Portland college.up.edu/sociology/about/index.html
    Western Oregon University wou.edu/las/socsci/sociology