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Sociology

About the Department

Sociologists address the most pressing issues of our time: the gap between rich and poor, the breakup of families, crime, warfare, human migration and environmental challenges. Our scientific study of the groups and culture that we belong to is actually a study of ourselves…but from the outside-in! Sociological research often becomes social policy as local, state and federal governments seek to better organize their piece of our social world. The understanding of humanity gained in sociology adds a unique insight to almost any field of study or occupation. In fact, sociology offerings are often required for degrees in several major disciplines. CLC sociology majors have a great reputation at our region’s 4-year colleges like St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State University where our students have won high honors.

A sociology degree is one of the most useful for students who enter the job market in middle management positions. High school social studies teachers often hold 4-year sociology degrees. Specialists in sociology are also employed in planning at all levels of government and at the United Nations. Several Nobel Prize winners in American history have been sociologists including Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Addams and Emily Balch. Many famous social activists earned sociology degrees: Saul Alinsky, Roy Wilkens, and Jesse Jackson. Popular artists and entertainers with sociology degrees include actors Robin Williams and Dan Aykroyd, and novelist Saul Bellow. A substantial number of senators, congresspersons, mayors of major cities and other elected officials have held sociology degrees.

Department Information

Department Description

Department Description: Sociologists address the most pressing issues of our time: the gap between rich and poor, the breakup of families, crime, warfare, human migration and environmental challenges. Our scientific study of the groups and culture that we belong to is actually a study of ourselves…but from the outside-in! Sociological research often becomes social policy as local, state and federal governments seek to better organize their piece of our social world.

Special Department Information

Special Department Information: Although no prerequisites exist for sociology classes at CLC, students are strongly encouraged to begin their adventure in sociology in an Introduction to Sociology course. This is the perfect jumping-off point to the higher-level sociology courses. A class or two in English Composition is also very helpful.

Learning Outcomes

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and apply alternative Explanatory systems or theories.
  • Identify and Communicate alternative explanations for contemporary social issues.
  • Identify the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral sciences use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods or cultures.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: The understanding of humanity gained in sociology adds a unique insight to almost any field of study or occupation. In fact, sociology offerings are often required for degrees in several major disciplines. CLC sociology majors have a great reputation at our region’s 4 year colleges like St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State University where our students have won high honors.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: A sociology degree is one of the most useful for students who enter the job market in middle management positions. High school social studies teachers often hold 4-year sociology degrees. Specialists in sociology are also employed in planning at all levels of government and at the United Nations. Several Nobel Prize winners in American history have been sociologists including Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Addams and Emily Balch. Many famous social activists earned sociology degrees: Saul Alinsky, Roy Wilkens, and Jesse Jackson. Popular artists and entertainers with sociology degrees include actor Robin Williams, novelist Saul Bellow, comedian Dan Aykroyd and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. A substantial number of senators, congresspersons, mayors of major cities and other elected officials have held sociology degrees.

Career Titles

Career Titles: College Professor, Teacher, City/State Planner, Demographer, Personnel Manager, Probation Officer, Police Chief, Social Worker, Advocate

Sociologists address the most pressing issues of our time: the gap between rich and poor, the breakup of families, crime, warfare, human migration and environmental challenges. Our scientific study of the groups and culture that we belong to is actually a study of ourselves…but from the outside-in! Sociological research often becomes social policy as local, state and federal governments seek to better organize their piece of our social world. The understanding of humanity gained in sociology adds a unique insight to almost any field of study or occupation. In fact, sociology offerings are often required for degrees in several major disciplines. CLC sociology majors have a great reputation at our region’s 4-year colleges like St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State University where our students have won high honors.

A sociology degree is one of the most useful for students who enter the job market in middle management positions. High school social studies teachers often hold 4-year sociology degrees. Specialists in sociology are also employed in planning at all levels of government and at the United Nations. Several Nobel Prize winners in American history have been sociologists including Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Addams and Emily Balch. Many famous social activists earned sociology degrees: Saul Alinsky, Roy Wilkens, and Jesse Jackson. Popular artists and entertainers with sociology degrees include actors Robin Williams and Dan Aykroyd, and novelist Saul Bellow. A substantial number of senators, congresspersons, mayors of major cities and other elected officials have held sociology degrees.

Instructors

scottScott Foster
Scott Foster is a passionate and dedicated instructor who has been teaching sociology courses for over 20 years. Scott’s dedication to the discipline was rewarded through his election as President of the Sociologists of Minnesota. Scott teaches a wide array courses in sociology that reflect his interests in social justice, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, and domestic violence. Scott was a founding member and Chairperson of the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission and led a local Hate and Bias Crimes Network initiative. Email Scott for more information

Gary Payne
Gary Payne has traveled to over 30 nations in his career of nearly as many years. Payne documented these travels in dozens of photographic presentations, his online textbook and a PBS documentary. He has won several awards for his efforts to protect Minnesota’s environment and a Page One award for professional writing. Email Gary for more information

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
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