Sociology (Liberal Arts) AA

What is sociology? Why is it important? What are its disciplines? Find the answers to these questions and learn how studying sociology can help you.

Sociology is defined as the scientific study of social life, social order and change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It is the study of social interactions and the structure of groups, organizations, and societies.

In their pursuit of knowledge, sociologists ask fundamental questions about the social nature and meaning of the human experience and about the organization of society. Among other critical inquiries, sociologists study questions of social inequality and social justice, social movements and social change, race, gender, and social class. They also study families, religion, the economy, education, deviance, crime, and social control. All of these inquiries are attempts to understand social reality and the individual and to find ways to empower oppressed members of society. 

A degree in sociology prepares students to

  • become engaged citizens with critical and analytical skills. 
  • transfer to four-year colleges and universities and pursue higher degrees in sociology or other related fields
  • find employment in related fields
  • conduct research
  • lead programs, organizations, and human service agencies
Sociology (Liberal Arts) A.A.


HCCC's Associate in Arts Liberal Arts - Sociology degree program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities after completing two years of undergraduate coursework at HCCC. Graduating students may advance to majors in sociology or related subjects. The Liberal Arts program allows many options when choosing courses; students should plan carefully for the future by researching the degree requirements of four-year institutions which interest them.


Complete CSS-100:

CSS-100 College Student Success

Complete the following courses:

Complete ENG-101

ENG-101 College Composition I

ENG-102 and ENG-112

ENG-102 College Composition II
ENG-112 Speech

Take 1 course from:

MAT-100 College Algebra

Complete the following courses:


MAT-114 Introduction Probabilities and Statistics

Complete the following courses:

SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC-260 Race and Ethnic Relations

Complete the following course:

ANT-101 Intro to Cultural Anthropology

Complete the following courses:


LIT-201 Introduction to Literature


Complete the following courses:

HIS-210 History of Western Civilization I
HIS-211 History of Western Civilization II

The sociology program at HCCC empowers and advances students’ critical, scientific, and analytical skills as they learn to identify social problems and advocate for social justice, social policy, and action.

Consider the important social and cultural contributions of the following individuals, who earned a degree in Sociology: 

  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • Rev. Ralph Abernathy
  • Former New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
  • Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler
  • Former NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins
  • Actor Dan Aykroyd
  • Former President Ronald Reagan
  • Actor Robin Williams
  • Former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Education for Liberation: Sociology, Transformation, and Empowerment

The sociology department at HCCC offers a variety of courses that are transformative and inspiring.
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Majoring in Sociology has given me a deeper understanding of people and society. It has also given me a greater understanding of myself.
Ashley Warren
Sociology AA Graduate, 2016

"Studying sociology at HCCC has been rewarding in more ways than one. I would not be where I am today without the education I acquired and the incredible professors I connected with in the sociology department who were tremendously encouraging throughout my studies. Today I am an MSW student at Rutgers University Newark and currently work at Hudson Pride Center in Jersey City, NJ where I advocate, educate, and support women of color who are HIV-positive or women who are in need of HIV/STD testing and other social services. My life after HCCC has been one fortunate and incredible journey that I credit to the sociology department for inspiring me to accomplish my goal of getting my Associates degree and also helping me to believe in myself."



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Contact Information

Michael Ferlise
Sociology/Anthropology Coordinator

Alison Wakefield, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences