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Mission College Sociology

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice emphasizes critical thinking about corrections, crime and delinquency, legal studies, and working with diverse communities. It explores the connections between law, crime, and justice.

The program develops the high level of academic, personal, and professional competence demanded in a wide range of agencies.

Sociology is the study of human behavior in society. Using C. Wright Mill’s concept of the “sociological imagination,” sociologists examine how individuals behaviors are influenced by social forces within the society or culture in which they live as well as how individuals can shape or maintain a society.

In studying group dynamics, sociologists are interested in how race/ethnicity, social class, gender, age, and other social factors affect our social changes and opportunities in life.

Sociology prepares students for a variety of career options. Previous sociology majors have gone into work including community/social services, law or criminal justice, research, education, etc.

Degrees / Certificates

The following are degrees and certificates in sociology

PDF of our degrees/certificates from the catalog.

Classes to Consider

SOC-001: Introduction to Sociology (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

The study of interplay of the individual and society. Pass/No Pass Option.SOC-021: Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

SOC-021: Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This course introduces the student to the sociological analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism.


Sociology Courses

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Intro to Sociology

A requirement for both degrees, SOC 001 can also be a general education course or SOC 001H, an honors course.

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Marriage and Family

Understand the dynamics of the American family with SOC 040.

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Race & Ethnicity

Explore race, ethnicity and racism in SOC 021.

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Criminal Justice Courses

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Intro to Criminal Justice

Explore the characteristics of the Criminal Justice system with SOC 050.

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Intro to Corrections

Understand the history of and critical analysis of punchishment with SOC 058.

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Communities & the Justice System

Explore the complex dynamics between the justice system and communities with SOC 060.

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