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The Sociology Program at Palomar College

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Sociology at Palomar College is part of the Behavioral Sciences Department. The Sociology program offers courses to prepare students for upper-division programs in sociology at four-year colleges and universities, and we offer an Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer degree (AA-T Sociology).

A sociology course, Introduction to Women’s Studies (SOC 115), is the core course required for the A.A. degree in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Palomar Preview Days — Sociology Video gives you an overview of the Sociology Major as well as the Gender and Women’s Studies Major at Palomar College. You will also find out more about how to get involved in the various campus programs and clubs supported by the Sociology department.

There are currently six full-time faculty members and sometimes as many as sixteen part-time faculty members teaching sociology at Palomar College.  We are very excited to announce that Assistant Professor Amber Colbert, our newest full-time faculty member, is the winner of the Inaugural 2021 Woman of the Year award at Palomar College for Empowered Women!  Congratulations, Professor Colbert!

It is easy to search for the Palomar College Course Outlines of Record (CORs) or Programs.  No user ID or password is required. 

There are unique Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for all sociology classes.

Department Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (adopted September 2020):

The Sociology discipline of Palomar College stands in solidarity with our Black students and colleagues.

Sociology offers a critical lens through which we analyze and shine a light on forms of inequality and oppression within the Black community and all communities of color widely. We see our role as professors as providing an opportunity to engage students in an understanding of social forces that create and reproduce inequality, discrimination, and marginalization. 

We commit to teaching, learning, and offering programming about dismantling racism and to connect our scholarship with activism.  Through our engagement in curriculum development, professional development, public presentations, and service learning, we seek to make visible the experiences and perspectives of our Black, Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander students.

 

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Photo of several dozen college students in a circleSociology is the study of social behavior and human groups. The discipline focuses on social relationships, how those relationships influence people’s behavior and beliefs, and how societies develop and change. The study of sociology can offer insight into the self, the family, and interpersonal relationships and can foster a better understanding of how small groups and larger communities are created and maintained. Sociology can increase your knowledge of the world of politics, business, health, and the law and can help you better understand how societies can offer opportunities but also perpetuate inequalities. Sociology helps us to see and understand the larger social world or “big picture” and our place in it.