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Sociology Courses

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.
- Jane Addams:  Social Worker, Sociologist, Suffragist/First Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize

What is Sociology?

Sociology is uniquely positioned to provide what is arguably the most crucial process for a society’s advancement - understanding.  One of the social sciences, Sociology involves the study of society as a whole, including its institutions and interactions between its members.  By looking at all aspects of individual and group behavior, Sociology provides insight into how and why a society functions in certain ways, as well as to the challenges faced by distinct groups within it.  Although Sociology and Social Work share many attributes, Sociology is mainly focused on explaining why society is the way it is, while Social Work actively addresses it’s most significant problems.              

Sociology at Macomb

In Macomb’s Sociology Courses, you will be introduced to such concepts as socialization, group behavior, social stratification and social change.  You will explore the social problems that are confronting modern American society, look at health and human behavior from a sociological perspective and examine the institutional and historical aspects of marriage and family.  You will also learn about the challenges faced by various ethnic groups, the theoretical and methodological systems that led to the development of both welfare services and social work as a profession, and the nature, causes and impact of prejudice and discrimination.         

Macomb’s Sociology Courses  

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Modern Social Problems
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Sociology of Health & Human Behavior
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Marriage & the Family
  • Race & Ethnic Relations

Career Opportunities in Sociology

A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Sociology is required for positions as a Sociologist.  Social Workers must be licensed, with most holding A Master’s of Social Work (MSW) Degree.  A Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, however, can qualify you for entry level positions with a social service agency.     

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree  

The credits earned in Macomb’s Sociology Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology or a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Sociology Courses?

For more information on the Sociology Courses at Macomb, contact the Associate Dean, Social Science, 586.498.4124, or 586.286.2140,

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