Sociology Program

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Sociology focuses on society and social relations.

In TMCC's Sociology Program (within the Social Sciences Department), students will:

  • Study contemporary sociological theories, and use them to analyze the social structures around them.
  • Learn about various research methods used in the field, and discuss the importance of scientific approach to social sciences.
  • Think critically, and strive to base opinions on scientific research.
  • Examine important social institutions, and the ways they shape people’s lives.
  • Discuss the culture that molded their lives and themselves.
  • Discover social constructs, and thus challenge their viewpoints on issues such as gender relations, race, religion, or stratification.

Courses

In order to assist students with the development and exercise of their sociological imagination as a lifelong learning skill, we offer a variety of Sociology courses that satisfy General Education requirements in the areas of Social Science and/or Diversity, and which transfer in the pursuit of a degree in social sciences.

Our courses cover a broad range of introductory topics including: social issues, conflict resolution, human and structural violence, ethnic groups, marriage and family, and more.

Most of our courses are available in both traditional face-to-face, as well as online classrooms.

At TMCC, Sociology provides support for the Social Sciences mission of cultural diversity by providing the foundation for students to recognize their position within society, and the important building blocks of culture. Sociological theories provide a foundation for both the workforce and for personal development.

Goals

The goals and objectives of Sociology classes offered at TMCC support the mission and strategic plan of TMCC.

One specific core theme—lifelong learning—is strongly supported by the discipline of Sociology, which attempts to uncover the truth underlying everyday lives, as well as encourages questioning the rules of social order.

  • Allow students to see the connection between themselves and micro, meso, macro, and global social institutions.
  • Introduce the concept of sociological imagination to allow students to perceive themselves, as well as their place in the world, as a result of larger social forces.
  • Apply main modern sociological perspectives to approach and analyze social issues in personal and public sphere.
  • Understand the current trends in sociology and sociological research.
  • Support students’ ability to think critically and uncover social constructs in daily lives.

Mission

The discipline of Sociology provides a variety of quality introductory Sociology offerings supporting the following student needs:

  • General education
  • Foundational coursework to pursue a degree in Sociology
  • Core requirements for allied fields
  • Lifelong learning/personal interest needs

The discipline of Sociology emphasizes quality instruction and a sound curriculum that exposes students to contemporary theories, research methods and beginning skills used to interpret and use scientific Sociology knowledge.