Sociology Concentration
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 satisfied by program
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 satisfied by program
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Sociology SOC101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Statistics I MAT181 3 MAT097 or placement
Cultural Anthropology SOC109 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Lab Science Elective 4
Urban Sociology SOC205 3 SOC101
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Computer Essentials or Applications/Concepts CIT101 or CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
The Family SOC111 3
Intro to Behavioral Research PSY235 3 PSY101**
LCS or Elective see note* 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 62

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*Note: New students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar within their first year.

**Note: PSY101 must be completed with a C or better.

Concentration Overview

The mission of the Behavioral Science Department is to produce students who are critical thinkers, who can examine various propositions, theoretical statements and social assertions they encounter with an analytical eye and a healthy skepticism. Additionally, students gain an understanding of basic research methods and techniques employed by psychologists, sociologists and cultural anthropologists. In addition, we seek to ensure that our students are acquainted with the fundamental theoretical foundations of their respective fields of study.

The Sociology concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to seek bachelor’s degrees in the behavioral sciences. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit masstransfer.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration qualify for entry-level positions in the general field of human services. Graduates may wish to transfer to a four-year college or university, however, because career opportunities in sociology and/or social work require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and often a master’s degree is required.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the Functionalist, Interactionist, and Conflict perspectives. 
  • Apply these theories to social structure, socialization, stratification, social control, and deviance. 
  • Understand the development of societies from huntergathers to post-modern information. 
  • Describe the nature of urban life and globalization.


Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously. See page 173.