Program Overview

Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Art degree in Sociology for students who are interested in the examination of culture and structure of human societies. Students will focus on social groups and institution, norms and controls, and the reasons why and how they change. Students will learn about family, education, deviance, race and ethnicity, gender roles, social change, and social inequalities. This degree forms the foundation for future studies in sociology as well as psychology, human services, and business.

The program consists of classroom courses that emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education, which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include sociology, literature, philosophy and religion, college algebra, oral communications, English, general psychology, world history, American history, computer science, information technology, diversity, and more.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts and theories of sociology, to respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to understanding issues related to the social nature of human groups in different circumstances, to understand and apply sociological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues, and to apply cultural competencies to effective and sensitive interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Requires 64-66 credit hours for completion. High school diploma or GED equivalent.

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.


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