Sociology Department

What is Sociology?

According to Ferris and Stein (2010), sociology is ‘the systematic or scientific study of human society and social behavior. This could include almost any level within the structure of society, from large-scale institutions and mass culture to small groups and relationships between individuals’ (p9).

Is Sociology for Me?

Sociology is for everybody. If you have friends or family, sociology is for you. If you are a student or an employee, sociology is for you. If you are a religious person, or an atheist, sociology is for you. If you have ever felt that gender has impacted your life in any way, sociology is for you. If you plan to be a teacher, or a social worker, or a nurse, or a politician, or a lawyer, or a scientist, sociology is for you. Sociology is for all of us, because sociology is about us.

By studying sociology at MCC, you’ll better understand behavioral influences and motivations. You’ll be able to apply concepts to your own understanding of the social world and in turn, determine the influence and impact of social trends and patterns. Maybe you’ve wondered about the role that media plays in presidential campaign outcomes? Or why certain fields are male (or female) dominated? Maybe you wonder how specific policies or procedures create access to power and resources for some people, and limitations for other people?

Sounds Great! Sign Me Up!

Sociology courses are offered at the Brighton and Damon City Campuses, online, and at extension sites. Courses are conveniently offered in the day and evening during the spring and fall semesters, as well as in the summer and intersessions. Some sociology courses are also offered as late start classes.

Our course offerings include: Introductory Sociology, Sociology of the Family, Urban Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Sex and Gender, Sociology of Work, Social Problems and Criminology. Our dedicated faculty offer dynamic opportunities to engage in service learning, social justice activism, honors, learning communities, and violence prevention within their course curriculum.

Maybe you’ll check us out at our next Sociology Film Series Event? Be sure and check the Tribune for upcoming dates, times and locations!

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