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Sociology AOC

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

  • Are you curious about why people, organizations, cultures interact the way that they do? Find out to explore your passions related to social issues (ex. mental health, homelessness, bullying, addiction, etc.) by learning how to research and analyze social problems and inequalities (I.e., education, poverty, globalization, war).
  • Do you want to become more active in a leadership role to make social change possible? Find out what drives cultural, political, economic, and social interactions at the local, state, national and global level.
  • Do you want to help create a more caring and compassionate world where all are valued? Learn why diversity matters, how to listen to perspectives different than your own, to promote democratic values and principles.
  • Learn how principles of sociology can help you succeed in the workforce; help with opening your own business; or working to address issues in the community that involve engaging multiple stakeholders to achieve success.
What will you do?
  • Cultivate personal and civic responsibility through involvement in community activities that you care about.
  • Find credible information and research about issues that matter the most.
  • Advocate for transformative social changes that will help to build a stronger and more compassionate world.

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Program Details
Sociology students will learn how to communicate, think critically and creatively, reason analytically and quantitatively, gather research and interpret it, engage in teamwork, and problem-solve. This awareness will empower students with the confidence and capacity needed to anticipate and respond effectively to the challenges that will confront them and their communities. The knowledge and skill they develop will provide a way for them to see how they can transform the world and the challenge they encounter. Most importantly, students will develop personal and civic responsibility along with ethical reasoning, a foundation needed for lifelong learning.

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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 Professor / College to Community Partnership Center 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
Doctorate 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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