Sociology Department

Dept Chair: Jeff Cormier
tel: 408-855-5483

Mission College offers basic lower division courses in Sociology. Sociology provides a foundation for understanding many aspects of the social sciences, and assists students in comprehending other behavioral sciences. Sociology offers a basic understanding of how people relate to one another, the types of relationships people form, and various aspects and difficulties of such relationships

Student Learning Outcomes

The Department of Sociology is designed to further the goals of Mission College to provide students a learning experience which will meet their lifelong educational needs and enhance their abilities to live and work in a diverse society.

The specific learning outcomes and objectives of the Department is to provide students with the ability to:

  • Understand and utilize the basic principles and points of view of sociology, which will allow the students to gain insight into the behavior of people functioning in social groups.
  • Understand and better function within social institutions.
  • Gain insight into formal and informal social groups.
  • Gain insight into the formal and informal rules of social behavior.
  • Understand social customs and social interactions within specific groups, and in specific social situations, such as:
  • Marriage
  • Families
  • Sexual relationships
  • Minority and racial relationships
  • Acculturation of immigrant and sub-dominant groups
  • Religious institutions and belief groups
  • Problematic behaviors, such as injustice and criminal behavior
  • Changes in social situations that come with aging
  • Understand global perspectives that affect the United States society
  • Have an opportunity to experience community service in the format of "social field work."
  • Attaining educational goals of:
    • Pursuing general education
    • Transferring to four-year schools
    • Completing career goals in vocational programs
Career Options
  • Sociologist
  • Instructor
  • Probation Officer
  • Demography Analyst
  • Advocate for endangered children
  • Advocate for disabled adults
  • Social Worker
  • Foster Care Worker
  • Urban Planner
  • Employment Counselor

Some career options may require work beyond the AA or AS degree.

Degree / Certification

A.A. Degree

Additional Catalog & Course Information