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The Sociology Program at Palomar College

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). Click here for information on the AA-T degree program.

For information on our exciting new course, titled Introduction to Justice Studies (SOC 170), click here.

A sociology course, Introduction to Women’s Studies (SOC 115), is the core course required for the A.A. degree in Women’s Studies. For information on the Women’s Studies degree, click here.

There are currently five full-time faculty members and sometimes as many as thirteen part-time faculty members teaching sociology at Palomar College. Welcome to Joe Briceño, our newest full-time faculty member!

There are two paraprofessional programs for employment in human services culminating in the awarding of a certificate in Psychological and Social Services and/or Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies. For information about these paraprofessional programs, please contact Jim Fent, the Coordinator for these programs, at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2188.

To search for Palomar College Course Outlines of Record (CORs) or Programs, click on either Search Courses or Search Programs, enter your search criteria under Course Search or Program Search, and click on theCOR icon to view the COR. You don’t need a user ID to search for and print CORs.

To see the Sociology department SLOs, click HERE.

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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.