Sociology is the study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture. Sociology studies the development, structure, functioning and social problems of human society. Sociology majors learn to conduct research about the social world. They gather and analyze data using both qualitative research methods and statistical tools. Students who major in sociology write reports to convey research findings and present their perspective on social issues.
Career options for students who get a degree in sociology include: human resources manager, project manager, public relations specialist, guidance counselor, human resources representative, lawyer, management consultant, media planner, social worker, and survey researcher.
Two months after graduating from Rubidoux High School in 2003, Denise Prado enlisted in the Army. She survived three tours in Iraq. When she returned home, she decided to enroll at Norco College and major in
sociology. On June 12, 2014, Denise and the rest of the 2014 class participated in the annual graduation ceremony at the College. Prado will continue her studies at UC Riverside. Ultimately, she hopes to become a counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“There have been several people who have been instrumental in helping me adapt to my educational demands,” Prado said. “I will reflect back and be thankful for all the positive role models who have crossed my path. Those who have made an impact on my life and helped me be where I am today in this educational journey. At Norco College, I’ve had the privilege to meet amazing professors and work such friendly staff members. I will truly miss the College.”
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Academic Programs in Sociology
The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
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Suggested Initial Coursework
|Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Social & Behavioral Sciences - CSU Pathway
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|What can I do with this major? (Sociology)||INFO|
|Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)||INFO|
|California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system
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|Admin. Assistant to the Dean|