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Sociology - Area of Concentration (AOC)

Do you ever wonder how men and women choose their mates, or how where you live can predict how long you'll live? Do you dream of teaching parents how to be better role models, or counseling individuals in challenging situations? If you enjoy puzzles about the human condition and believe in the power of change and perseverance, Allegany College of Maryland's Sociology program may be your calling.


SociologyBegin your sociology education by learning the fundamentals in Allegany College of Maryland's Associate of Science Degree with an Area of Concentration in Sociology program. We'll teach you how to objectively study society, social structures, cultural diversity, social problems, and social change. You'll learn through interactive courses and classes that include lectures, group projects, field trips, and professional guest speakers. And to better accommodate your busy lifestyle, we offer online courses.

Our program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution where you may choose to specialize in medical sociology, social work, criminology, or social science education. Upon graduation, you may choose a career path in education, social work, nonprofit and government sector, criminal justice, or private industry. Additionally, you may wish to pursue a master's and/or doctoral degree.

Course Info

As a Sociology program student, you'll expand your knowledge through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Family studies
  • Social problems
  • Aging in Society
  • Gender Roles
  • Anthropology

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Graduates of sociology programs are in high demand in today's competitive job market. Possible career options include positions as:

  • Teachers - high school or college level
  • Sociologists
  • Government or nonprofit social workers
  • Criminal justice professionals
  • Career counselors/workforce specialists
  • United States government employees
  • Private industry workers 

*The above careers require a minimum of a bachelor's degree.

To learn more about careers in Sociology, visit the American Sociological Association's website at or visit Sociology At Work

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Faculty/Staff Info
Dr. Stephen Gibson, Division Chair

Humanities 22

B.A., Illinois College
M.A., University of Illinois at Springfield
Ph.D., St. Louis University


Richard Layman, Professor

Humanities 13

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


Dr. Diane McMahon, Associate Professor
Service Learning and Civic Engagement Center, Faculty Chair

Humanities 48

B.A., Carlow University
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Richard States, Associate Professor

814-445-9848 (X6111)
Bedford (Room 3)

B.A., Gannon University
M.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Doctoral studies at Kent State University and Capella University


Heather Bremenstuhl, Instructor


B.S., Lehigh University  
M.A., University of Arizona
Additional study at Northwestern University