Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) with a sociology concentration will help students develop a sophisticated understanding of the complex social world and build a strong set of analytical skills. Graduates of this program can enter career fields such as social services, law enforcement, government, business, marketing, journalism, and other professions requiring objective problem-solving skills.

A concentration in sociology at MTC introduces students to the foundational social understandings applied by police officers, bureaucrats, intelligence analysts, public relations specialists, political consultants, and marketing specialists. Students will identify and analyze social phenomena that impact government institutions, organizations, communities, and businesses while objectively addressing social problems and social issues. If you are interested in building the knowledge and analytical skills for highly technical and rapidly changing social sciences professions, as well as other dynamic professions, a sociology concentration may be for you.

Some coursework may be applied toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree by other institutions. Afterward, students may pursue graduate degrees in sociology including a Masters of Arts or Sciences and a Philosophical Doctorate in sociology. Such advanced degrees further qualify sociologists to conduct research, teach, or supervise other sociologists in a variety of applied fields.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
Semester 2
(16 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
GEO-205 Physical Geography

Physical Geography

ID: GEO-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the basic principles and methods of physical geography and applies them to the study of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.

4
HIS-201 American History: Discovery to 1877

American History: Discovery to 1877

ID: HIS-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from discovery to 1877. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
SOC-205 Social Problems

Social Problems

ID: SOC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of current social problems in america, stressing the importance of social change and conflicts as they influence perceptions, definitions, etiology, and possible solutions.

3
Semester 3
(15 Credit Hours)
SOC-220 Sociology of the Family

Sociology of the Family

ID: SOC-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an application of theory and research related to family behaviors, roles, and values with emphasis on understanding family problems.

3
PHI-105 Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Logic

ID: PHI-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions.

3
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
PSC-205 Politics and Government

Politics and Government

ID: PSC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the concepts and problems involved in man's relationships with governments and political change. This course emphasizes comparative institutions of government, analysis of political behavior, and political ideology.

3
REL-101 Intro. to Religion

Intro. to Religion

ID: REL-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice.

3
Semester 4
(16 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
HIS-131 African-American History: 1877-PRESENT

African-American History: 1877-PRESENT

ID: HIS-131

Credit Hours: 3

This course describes the efforts of African-Americans to define themselves through their social, economic, and political contributions to american history from the time of reconstruciton to the present.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
BIO-205 Ecology

Ecology

ID: BIO-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic principles of population biology, ecology, and environmental science as applied to the study of the interactions between human kind and the biosphere.

3
BIO-206 Ecology Lab

Ecology Lab

ID: BIO-206

Credit Hours: 1

This ecology laboratory experience consists of discussions, demonstrations, experiments, films, and field trips pertaining to the relationships of man to the biosphere, human ecology, resource use, and environmental impact.

1
SOC-210 Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile Delinquency

ID: SOC-210

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency behavior, including strategies used in the prevention, intervention, and control of deviant behavior. Juvenile courts and other institutions that are responsible for treatment and after care are also explored.

3
  Total Credit Hours 62
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,036.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 4
(10 Credit Hours)
GEO-205 Physical Geography

Physical Geography

ID: GEO-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the basic principles and methods of physical geography and applies them to the study of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.

4
HIS-201 American History: Discovery to 1877

American History: Discovery to 1877

ID: HIS-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from discovery to 1877. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
SOC-205 Social Problems

Social Problems

ID: SOC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of current social problems in america, stressing the importance of social change and conflicts as they influence perceptions, definitions, etiology, and possible solutions.

3
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
SOC-220 Sociology of the Family

Sociology of the Family

ID: SOC-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an application of theory and research related to family behaviors, roles, and values with emphasis on understanding family problems.

3
PHI-105 Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Logic

ID: PHI-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions.

3
HIS-102 Western Civilization Post 1689

Western Civilization Post 1689

ID: HIS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern western world.

3
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
PSC-205 Politics and Government

Politics and Government

ID: PSC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the concepts and problems involved in man's relationships with governments and political change. This course emphasizes comparative institutions of government, analysis of political behavior, and political ideology.

3
REL-101 Intro. to Religion

Intro. to Religion

ID: REL-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice.

3
Semester 7
(9 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
HIS-131 African-American History: 1877-PRESENT

African-American History: 1877-PRESENT

ID: HIS-131

Credit Hours: 3

This course describes the efforts of African-Americans to define themselves through their social, economic, and political contributions to american history from the time of reconstruciton to the present.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
Semester 8
(7 Credit Hours)
BIO-205 Ecology

Ecology

ID: BIO-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic principles of population biology, ecology, and environmental science as applied to the study of the interactions between human kind and the biosphere.

3
BIO-206 Ecology Lab

Ecology Lab

ID: BIO-206

Credit Hours: 1

This ecology laboratory experience consists of discussions, demonstrations, experiments, films, and field trips pertaining to the relationships of man to the biosphere, human ecology, resource use, and environmental impact.

1
SOC-210 Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile Delinquency

ID: SOC-210

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency behavior, including strategies used in the prevention, intervention, and control of deviant behavior. Juvenile courts and other institutions that are responsible for treatment and after care are also explored.

3
  Total Credit Hours 62
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,036.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Sociologist

Sociologists design and interpret research to develop and test theories explaining social phenomena including social problems and issues. Sociologists engage in the scientific study of human society and its components such as cultures, social groups, social institutions, technology, and immigration.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies

Careers

Law Enforcement Officer

Law enforcement officers patrol areas, respond to calls-for-assistance, enforce laws, make arrests, issue citations, conduct criminal investigations, render first aid and conduct traffic accident investigations as they reactively and proactively protect people, property, and maintain community stability (peace).

Projected Job Growth

+11.8%

Average Annual Salary

$41,207
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Law Enforcement

Careers

Intelligence Analyst

An Intelligence Analyst collects, evaluates, prioritizes and analyzes data from a wide scope of sources. The resulting information is used to build a knowledge base to anticipate, control and prevent criminal, terrorist, and aggressive foreign government activities.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies
  • Law Enforcement

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

University of South Carolina: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
After completing an Associate of Arts with a sociology focus at Midlands Technical College, students can transfer to the University of South Carolina to continue their studies in sociology. At USC, studying sociology gives students a powerful set of analytical skills applicable to opportunities in research, analysis, and communication. Sociology graduates have pursued professions in such varied areas as law, social work, and health-related professions.

Coker University: Bachelor of Science in Sociology
After completing an Associate of Arts with a sociology focus at Midlands Technical College, students can transfer to Coker University. At Coker University sociology students develop a diverse and practical skillset including scientific literacy, computer skills, and statistical analysis proficiency. Studying sociology at Coker University empowers students to analyze information, develop empirical understandings, and communicate that knowledge in a wide scope of situations. Coker offers a Sociology degree with a concentration in criminology, preparing students for careers in law enforcement, correction, and other criminal justice fields.

Lander University: Bachelor of Science in Sociology
After completing an Associate of Arts with a sociology focus at Midlands Technical College, students can transfer to Lander University. Lander University introduces sociology students to the scientific study of how social issues impact society. The relation between social policy and social forces is explored. Sociology students study how social change happens and attempt to direct social change through research. Lander University sociology graduates have entered into diverse careers such as criminal justice, human services, law, public administration, and non-profit management.