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Sociology

Why do people make the choices they make? How do groups form? Why are you the way you are? Gain an understanding of these major life questions with a degree in sociology.

In this program, you’ll learn how to think critically about social inequality, racial and ethnic conflict, law and justice, social and political movements, family, gender and sexuality, and many other social issues. This program helps you go beyond your personal experiences to broaden your perspective on social life and develop a deep understanding of important trends in modern society.

A degree in sociology can open doors to careers in many fields. You will gain skills to better interact with colleagues, conduct research or pursue professional opportunities in social services, sales and marketing, management, law, human resources and teaching.

What You’ll Learn

  • Explain the core tenets of sociology (sociological imagination and main sociological theories)
  • Analyze how social structure and social institutions impact individuals
  • Evaluate the strengths, limitations, and ethics of research methods in sociological research
  • Apply the core tenets of sociology to individual life experiences and social issues to live as a contributing citizen in the society
  • Critically evaluate statistics and be a critical consumer of information
  • Demonstrate the ability to illustrate their ideas, arguments and observations clearly in writing
  • Apply self care skills to maintain a positive professional and personal life

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the degree worksheet for the AA-DTA degree and work with your advisor to make sure you take the right classes to prepare to transfer in Sociology. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
GUID 105
Student Success
2
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Choose 1 course from:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ASL& 121
American Sign Language I
5
FRCH& 121
French I
5
JAPN& 121
Japanese I
5
SPAN& 121
Spanish I
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 229
Argumentation and Advocacy
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL& 160
General Biology with Lab
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
Choose 1 credit from:
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 100
Fitness for Life
1
PE 106
Yoga Fitness
1
Total Credits
 
16

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
SOC& 201
Social Problems
5
Choose 1 credit from:
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 100
Fitness for Life
1
PE 106
Yoga Fitness
1
Total Credits
 
16

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
SOC 221
Race and Ethnic Relations
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
HIST& 116
Western Civilization I
5
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
Choose 1 course from:
HUM 107
Introduction to Cultural Studies
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
GEOL 116
Environmental Geology
5
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
SOC 211
Marriage and the Family
5
SOC 261
Crime and Justice
5
SOC 273
Introduction to Social Work
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Choose 3 credit from:
ENGL 247
American Multicultural Literature
5
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
JOURN 101
College Newspaper Production I
3 - 5
Total Credits
 
13

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,612
  • Non-Resident

    $
    11,616
  • International

    $
    21,560
  • Books

    $
    2,230
  • Course Fees

    $
    13
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,562

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Humanities Pathway Specialist
    Suzie.Heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Katie Clemons
    Katie Clemons
    Sociology
    B.A., Whitworth University; M.S.W., Eastern Washington University; Ph.D., Washington State University
    Katie.Clemons@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3589
  • Ping Ping
    Ping Ping
    Sociology
    B.Law; Sun Yat-Sen University, China; M.Phil, Ph.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Ping.Ping@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3236

I applied what I learned in race and ethnic relations to train my co-workers on concepts of prejudice and discrimination. A week after this meeting, my crew not only seemed happier at work but we were flooded in customer compliments…just by education and willingness to step out of the crowd I was able to make such a big difference in my community.Abigail Brayman, SFCC Graduate, AA-DTA

The profound change that my higher education has had upon me has opened up possibilities I never dreamed possible before. The sociology faculty at Spokane Falls Community College made it all possible.Ella McCalidaine, SFCC Graduate, AA-DTA

 

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Suzie Heimbigner

Pathways Specialist
suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3403
Building 24, Office 108C