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Sociology

Sociology at Inver Hills offers courses that cover a multitude of sociological topics, including religion, gender, genocide, family, class, race, sport and deviant behavior as well as the relationship between mind, self and society.

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Brent Olsonawski
Sociology Instructor

bolsona@inverhills.edu
651-450-3766
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According to the American Sociological Association (ASA), sociology can be defined as follows:

  • Sociology is the study of society.
  • Sociology is the social science focused on studying the social lives of people, groups and societies.
  • Sociology examines our behavior as social beings, covering everything from analyzing brief contacts between anonymous individuals to the investigation of social processes on a global scale.
  • Sociology is the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities human beings traverse throughout their lives.
  • Sociology is the overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology and economics.
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Course Descriptions

SOC 1100  Introduction to Sociology   4.0 cr

Emphasizes methods, basic concepts, terminology, and perspectives used by sociologists in analysis of social relationships. Sociological analysis will focus on American government, family, education, religion, and the economy.

SOC 1126  Sociology of Deviance   3.0 cr

Examines sociological theories explaining deviance, its pertinence to the construction of social order as well as identity, and the application of these theories to the problems of crime, drug use, and mental illness. This course also examines the relationship between creativity and deviance.

SOC 1127  Social Inequalities: Race, Class, & Gender   3.0 cr

Describes and analyzes selected inequality relationships in the United States. Topic areas will include economic inequality-poverty; ethnic inequality-racism; and gender inequality-sexism.

SOC 1130  Family and Society   3.0 cr

Surveys human relationships from both the sociological and practical perspectives. Areas of study will include: love, dating, sexuality, singleness, marriage, conflict, parenting, relationship violence, resingling, and other relevant topics.

SOC 1145  Gender in Society   3.0 cr

Explores gender from a sociological perspective that seeks to promote knowledge of how we construct male and female identities and what the consequences of these constructions are. Sociological theories, research, and current issues related to gender in society are presented. Topics may include gender as it relates to media, family, work, politics,power and inequality, education, religion, socioeconomic forces, race/ethnicity, sexuality, social movements, and social change.

SOC 2010  Sociology of Genocide   3.0 cr

Explores the cultural, historical and sociological factors that have led to the haunting problem of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries and promotes knowledge of how to prevent future genocides based on scholarly research, media analyses, case studies, and first-hand testimonials. This course seeks to address what can be done to make the frequent quote, "Never Again" a greater reality.

SOC 2020  Sociology of Sport   3.0 cr

Examines the mechanisms through which sport and leisure institutions and practices are created, maintained, and transformed. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between sport and leisure institutions and other social systems such as the family, religion, politics, education, and economics. This course places a strong emphasis on exploring the ways in which gender, race, and class intersect with sport and leisure institutions. Prerequisites: Recommended SOC 1100.

SOC 2030  Environmental Sociology   3.0 cr

Explores the ways in which societies have created ecological problems; the human dimensions of climate change; and how institutional arrangements are evolving to deal with environmental challenges. In addressing these topics the course will make linkages between local, national and global processes. Prerequisites: Recommended SOC 1100.

SOC 2140  Religions and Society   3.0 cr

A practical observational approach to studying specific religious groups. This course uses field work (participant observation) to help students understand religions such as Islam Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Confucianism, Unification Church, Jehovah Witness and others. (One-third of the class time is reserved for site visits.) Prereq: SOC 1100 is recommended.

SOC 2142  Mind, Self, and Society   3.0 cr

Focuses on the individual in relationship to the social structure. Offers a sociological perspective on social psychology. Topics include the development of the "social self," the social impact of individual attitudes and behaviors, social interactions, interpersonal relations, small groups. Major theories and methods used in the field are addressed throughout.

SOC 2250  Special Topics   3.0 cr

Studies a topic, issue or controversy through a sociological lens by examining sociological perspectives, relationships and/or interactions. This course may be repeated under different topics.

SOC 2251  Special Topics Global Perspective   3.0 cr

Studies a topic, issue or controversy through a sociological lens by examining sociological perspectives, relationships and/or interactions with a global perspective. This course may be repeated under different topics.

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Finding social solutions

As a sociology major you will explore human behavior at different levels, from studying single individuals to families to income or ethic groups to vast societies. Human interaction is incredibly complex. People are influenced by numerous factors, including religion, system of government, culture and so much more. As a sociologist, you can apply sociological learning toward reaching practical solutions that can benefit real people.

Sociology is an umbrella science, covering a range of disciplines in the social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, law, economics, psychology and history. Sociologists often focus on specific human behavior related to class, social status, immigration, criminal activity, civil disorder, cultural trends and open warfare.

Potential job titles for sociology majors

Business and industry

  • Banker
  • Consumer relations professional
  • Market analyst
  • Project manager
  • Technical writer

Community and social services

  • Case manager
  • Community organizer
  • Hospital administrator
  • Public health supervisor
  • Substance abuse counselor

Education

  • Affirmative action coordinator
  • Extension service specialist
  • Guidance counselor
  • College dean
  • Teacher

Government

  • Foreign service officer
  • Human rights specialist
  • Information techologist
  • Legislative aide
  • Urban planner

Justice System

  • Correctional counselor
  • Criminal investigator
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Special agent

Research

  • Census researcher
  • Criminologist
  • Data analyst
  • Social research manager
  • Statistician

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start by taking Sociology courses at Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Sociology course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with Sociology faculty
  2. You will develop the strong foundation you need to select a career path that best meets your interests
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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