Sociology is the scientific study of social life. It is the exploration of social change and a lens into the complexity of the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology is an empowering subject that allows you to locate yourself in social space.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the PVCC Sociology Department is to provide our students with the knowledge, tools, and skills to successfully navigate their complex social world and to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Career Opportunities:

Are you fascinated with people and their social interactions? Are you a people watcher? Do you have a passion to understand the threads that hold families, communities, institutions, and nations together? Do you have a strong desire to make a difference in society, perhaps in the world? Sociology may just offer you the career possibilities you are seeking.

Here are a few of the avenues Sociology can open to you.

  • Community Planning
  • Demographic Research
  • Government Consulting
  • Health Services Consulting
  • Market Research
  • Personnel Management
  • Private Sector Corporate Consulting
  • Program Development
  • Social Service Administration
  • Sociological Research
  • Teaching Sociology
  • Urban Planning

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine different situations using multiple lenses and sociological theories
  • Recognize some of the ways in which individuals' biographies and identities, including our own, are shaped through social institutions, patterns of social inequalities, privileges, cultural practices, and biases
  • Explain the uniqueness of sociology as a social science discipline
  • Apply the sociological perspective to "get woke" about the social world
  • Evaluate the diversity of the U.S., including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, ability, gender and sexualities, and their place in the global context
  • Critically evaluate diverse social, cultural, and political perspectives and ideas using evidence-based data
  • Communicate in a manner that demonstrate empathy, self awareness, open mindedness, and responsiveness
  • Formulate effective and convincing written, oral, and visual arguments that integrate sociological evidence
  • Employ ethical standards and social responsibility to guide decisions and behaviors
  • Locate and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research to analyze social outcomes, behaviors, and problems

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