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Sociology (AA.LA.SOC)

Program Details

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.


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

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education