WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?
The study of society. Sociology is a social science involving the study of
the social lives of people, groups, and societies. Exploring our behavior as social beings, and covering
everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on
the street to the study of global social processes. Sociology involves the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities
through which humans move throughout their lives'. It provides a overarching approach involving many studies of humankind,
including history, psychology, and economics.
What Can You Do With A Degree In Sociology:
There are a wide variety of careers where a degree in sociology can be applied that include areas in private business and industry, criminal justice/law enforcement, education, government and NGOs, analytics and research, public health, and many other related areas which regularly work with people.
Courses at Santa Ana College:
The scientific study of human societies and behavior focusing on the
process of social interaction, patterns of social inequality, and the
influence of social institutions on individuals as members of social
groups. Special emphasis provided to explain factors promoting social
stability and social change.
SOC 100 H
Honors Introduction to Sociology
A seminar-style, content-enriched course to provide a critical and
extensive exploration of the sociological perspective, methods, and
theories of social interaction, stability and change. Focuses on the
importance of sociology for understanding individuals in a social
context and provides a comprehensive understanding of and scientific
way of thinking about society.
Marriage, Family and Relationships
In-depth examination of the process of developing intimate
relationships leading to committed partnerships and marriages with
emphasis on effective communication techniques, understanding
relationship dynamics, parenting, diverse family systems and
overcoming family stressors at each life stage.
Social Problems and Trends
An extensive survey of contemporary social trends and problems
through sociological analysis concentrating on their causes,
complexities, consequences, and possible solutions. Special emphasis
will be placed on the problems in the U.S., with consideration of the
Honors Analysis of Social Trends and Problems
A seminar-style, in-depth sociological analysis and critique of U.S.
social trends and problems with an emphasis on contemporary
and historical social policy with additional consideration of global
Introduction to Social Psychology
An exploration of the interlocking dynamics of psychology and
sociology focusing on the impact of social groups on individual and
on other groups. Content includes self- development, interaction,
attitudes, conformity, friendship, love, aggression, group dynamics
(Same as Psychology 240).
The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing
This course analyzes the social contexts of health, illness, and
organized medical care. It examines empirical research and theory of
the changing concepts of health, illness and medical practice in their
socio-historical contexts. Topics will include: social epidemiology, the
biomedical and social construction of health/illness, the experience
of illness, the historical transformation of the health professions and
the health work force, disparities in health care, medical technology,
global comparisons of health care and health care reform.