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Sociology Concentration

Associate in Arts -  Behavioral Sciences Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111**see note 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society Area 2 satisfied by program
World View From Area 3*see note 3
Quantitative Thought Area 4 satisfied by program
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Sociology SOC101**see note 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Statistics I MAT181 3 MAT097 or MAT098 or placement
Cultural Anthropology SOC109 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Lab Science Elective 4
Social Problems SOC203 3 SOC101
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SOC227 3 SOC101 or PSY101 or SOC109
Oral Communication ENG171 3
The Family SOC211 3 PSY101 or SOC101
Learning community or Elective see note*** 3
Elective see note**** 3
Elective see note**** 3
Total Credits 62
Last Modified Date: May 4, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Behavioral, Social Sciences & Global Learning

Department: Behavioral Sciences

Degree Type: Associate in Arts

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*Note: A Social Science elective is highly recommended in order to comply with Mass Transer guidelines.

**Note: SOC101 and ENG111 must be completed with a C or better.

 ***Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

****Note: Behavioral Science or Foreign Language elective is recommended.  For students who choose to take a Foreign Language elective, sequence courses starting at 102 levels are highly recommended (e.g., SPN102,SPN201) as most four-year colleges require intermediate proficiency in a foreign language.

Concentration Overview

The Department of Behavioral Sciences aspires to develop and foster a passion for lifelong learning and academic excellence.  The department integrates students' diverse backgrounds into the teaching and learning experience, creating a civically engaged community of learners who are able to think critically of current issues in our complex world.  Graduates of the program will carry with them a strong sense of collegiality and responsibility that will help them succeed in their long-term academic, professional and personal goals.

The vision of our department is carried out through our mission of:

  • teaching foundational behavioral science courses that support the general education mission of the college and engage our students in the broad domains and applications of Psychology, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology;
  • offering concentration courses that help our students develop a firm understanding of the various fields within a specific behavioral science discipline;
  • engaging our students in research that allows them to apply critical thinking skills using scientific approaches;
  • supporting our majors as they prepare to transfer to four-year institutions and/or successfully navigate the professional world through the application of the principles, concepts and theories that they have learned from the program;
  • supporting our students to apply what they learn towards towards becoming civically engaged and lifelong learners.


Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration qualify for entry-level positions in the general field of Sociology. Students will be able to choose which career track they intend to pursue by taking classes that are relevant to their interest.  Graduates may wish to transfer to a four-year college or university, or will be able to work in the community with an associate's degree.


  • a basic knowledge and understanding of the different principles and concepts of Sociology (foundational knowledge)
  • the ability to apply learned concepts to intrapersonal experiences, social institutions, and social issues embedded within diverse cultural contexts
  • the ability to evaluate, compare and contrast, critique various theoretical perspectives and complex/debatable and current issues as they relate to the various domains of Sociology
  • the ability to use learned knowledge to actively engage in and produce scientific research

Through these learning outcomes, students will be empowered individuals who will effectively navigate their academic, professional and personal goals.

Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.