Sociology

Academic Division of Liberal Arts

The focus of the Liberal Arts Program is to provide the student with a breadth of program offerings in a chosen field of study. Liberal Arts students may focus their program in the following concentration areas: Behavioral Science, English, History/Government, Humanities, Mathematics, Psychology, Social Science or Sociology. All concentration electives must be selected in the chosen area of study.

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Degrees

The focus of the Liberal Arts Program is to provide the student with a breadth of program offerings in a chosen field of study. Liberal Arts students may focus their program in the following concentration areas: Behavioral Science, English, History/Government, Humanities, Mathematics, Psychology, Social Science or Sociology. All concentration electives must be selected in the chosen area of study.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the program the student should be able to:

  • Think critically
  • Think quantitatively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use logic to acquire, assess, and integrate new information
  • Explain the nature and societal implications of global relationships among diverse cultures
  • Apply ethical criteria to a variety of intellectual, social, and personal situations
  • Apply aesthetic criteria to a variety of intellectual, natural, artistic, and social phenomena
  • Demonstrate a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of one field of study from among the liberal arts and science concentrations

Plymouth

Quincy

Sociology Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • SOC 102
    • Contemporary Social Problems
    • 3
    An analysis of the chief areas of social mal-adjustment. Consideration is given to selected critical problems including race relations, ethic discrimination, changing sex role patterns, family dislocation, and an aging population, mental illness, crime, alcoholism and drug addiction.
    • SOC 105
    • Sociology of Deviance
    • 3
    Consideration of the cultural definition of deviance and the causal societal context; social analysis of problems such as mental illness, suicide and abnormal sexual behavior. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or permission of instructor.
    • SOC 112
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • 3
    An experience-based introduction to the concepts and skills in oral communication; listening, feedback, group discussions, speeches, self-disclosure and relational communication.
    • SOC 116
    • Intercultural Communication
    • 3
    This course will develop awareness of how human culture affects individual perception and interpersonal communication. Through literature and journalism, film and music, communicative activities and research projects, students will expand their capacity to understand themselves and communicate with other members of the human family. Particular attention will be paid to other cultural groups represented by class members.
    • SOC 140
    • Aging in America
    • 3
    Students will explore the process of aging in America from a sociological perspective. Explore roles of the aged today as they compare to other societies and times, the status of elderly in America, the effects of elderly boomers on commercial and cultural images, and the ethical dilemmas raised by the new elders in our society. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of the instructor.
    • SOC 150
    • Women in Society
    • 3
    An examination of the roles of women in American society, both past and present. Students will build an understanding of the issues impacting women’s roles. Topics covered include: women’s work and economic status, sex roles, gender expectations, the socialization of women, women and children, women’s roles in other societies, and the results of the women’s movements.
    • SOC 155
    • Race, Class, Gender, Social Justice
    • 3
    This course will explore the relationship between race, class, gender and social justice. Topics will include the following: the origins and consequences of racial, class, ethnic discriminations; the changing role of women; immigration policies; movements for integration and separatism; and the impact of past and present day problems and policies.
    • SOC 156
    • Media in Social Perspective
    • 3
    This course examines the impact of new media technologies on our social relationships and institutions. We will investigate new social realities in print, radio, television, telecommunications, and the internet. We will explore the relationship of individuals and community in society. The class will probe the relationship between economic, political, and cultural globalization and the rise of a networked society. Topics will include monopolies; digital divides; social psychology of the mediated self; invasions of privacy; media saturation; copyright and intellectual property; gaming and learning; social networking; citizen journalism. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or permission of instructor.
    • SOC 201
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • 3
    A course concerned with humans as members of society and the effects of culture on individuals and groups. The main emphasis will be placed on the study of human behavior in different cultural settings. A main objective of the course is to help students understand their own behavior and reflect upon individual and group values.
    • SOC 203
    • Sociology of the Family
    • 3
    This course will focus on the family as a primary social institution. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical perspectives, variations, and alternatives, as well as the changing family over the life span. Special topics include cross-cultural influences, issues related to courtship, marriage and family development, and the effects of changes in the American family. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of the instructor.
    • PSY 212
    • Group Dynamics
    • 3
    A course designed to enable students to understand common group interactions and the individual’s attitudes and reactions to those situations. It aids students in understanding the socialization process, group theory, the characteristics of effective leadership in a variety of group structures, and the skills required to work effectively within teams. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

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Quincy, MA 02169

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Plymouth, MA 02360

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