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“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” Gandhi
Sociology is a field where you explore why people think and act the way they do. This happens by analyzing structural, cultural, historical, economic, and social influences that shape our societies. We also help you develop skills to empower your own personal and civic awareness, so you can transform the world you live in! Sociology classes help meet your career goals, deepen your awareness of yourself and others, and easily transfer to other universities.
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Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the College to Community Partnership Center
301-784-5306
Location: HUMANITIES (H) 48
What will you learn?
  • You will develop the ability to: think critically and ethically, use public dialogue skills, and enact core values of empathy and compassion as it relates to human interaction.

  • You will explore your passions related to social issues (ex. mental health, homelessness, bullying, addiction, etc.) by learning how to research and analyze the social problems and inequalities that you are most interested in.
  • You will find out what drives cultural, political, economic, and social issues at the local, state, national and global level.
  • You will learn why diversity matters, how to listen to perspectives different than your own, and to promote democratic values and principles.
  • You will learn how sociology can support you in the workforce; help with opening your own business; and work to address challenges in your community.
What will you do?

Prepare for transfer to a four year university or college and consider some of the opportunities listed below...

  • Associates Degree:
  • Direct service in a nonprofit
  • Work in a recreation center
  • Community organizing
  • Bachelors Degree:
  • Nonprofit management
  • Research and marketing
  • Peace corps
  • Grant writer
  • Prison support worker
  • Doctorate Degree:
  • Teaching in a college
  • Intercultural / International jobs
  • Directing a nonprofit
  • Social researcher
  • Government career

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Program Details
Sociology students learn how to communicate with diverse groups of people, think critically and creatively about real world problems, reason ethically and analytically, gather research and interpret it, engage productively in teamwork, be empathetic and understanding of other points of view, and problem-solve community issues. This helps build confidence and develop skills needed to respond effectively to community challenges. With these skills you can transform the world and address the social challenges that you encounter. Most importantly, you will develop a sense of personal and civic responsibility so that you can impact the world you live in.

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Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Understand and articulate the sociological perspective as it relates to human interactions and how our personal experiences are shaped by history.
  • Analyze, research, and report on social issues (ex., environment, education, poverty, globalization, mass incarceration, war, etc.) in written, oral and technological formats.
  • Build sociological knowledge by applying critical thinking and ethical reasoning.
  • Identify and discuss structural, economic, cultural, global, political and historical forces that influence human behaviors.
  • Engage in community, diversity, and civic engagement projects that build sociological skills and solution-focused frameworks.
  • Develop sociological knowledge, skills, cultural awareness, and personal and civic responsibility, that can be applied in transfer programs and various occupations.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze race, ethnicity, class, age, and gender inequalities and social injustices.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand and articulate the sociological perspective as it relates to human interactions and how our personal experiences are shaped by history.
  • Research and gather data related to social problems and report your findings in written, oral, technological and in discussion formats in class.
  • Develop an awareness of personal and civic responsibility within assignments and service learning / civic engagement / diversity activities.
  • Engage in community, diversity, and civic engagement projects that build sociological skills and solution-focused frameworks.
  • Analyze social institutions and how they influence individual experiences and collective actions (i.e. family, education, work and economy, state, public policy, media, language, and culture).

Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Sociology.

Dr. Diane S. McMahon 
Associate Sociology Professor, and College to Community Partnership Center Faculty Director

301-784-5306
Humanities 48

B.A. in Fine Arts, Art Therapy, and Special Education
M.A. in Public Administration, Public, and International Affairs
Ph.D. in Sociology /
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Rick Layman 
Professor

301-784-5151
Humanities 13

B.S., M Ed., Frostburg State University
Ed D., West Virginia University

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