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The Sociology Program at Palomar College

Sociology 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.

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.

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, please click here.

There are currently four full-time faculty members and sometimes as many as ten part-time faculty members teaching sociology at Palomar College. Congratulations to full-time faculty member Kathleen Grove for winning the Palomar College 2010/2011 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. And welcome to Devon Smith, 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 director of these programs, at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2188.

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