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Sociology at Pitt-Johnstown

Sociology is a branch of social sciences that uses systematic methods and critical analysis to develop and refine a body of knowledge about human social structure and activity, sometimes with the goal of applying such knowledge to the pursuit of social welfare. In addition to an academic major, students at Pitt-Johnstown may also elect to complete a minor in Sociology. The minor requires completion of 18 credits, ranging from introductory to upper level courses. Given that Sociology is a far-reaching field on both a micro and a macro level, it's a great way to bolster nearly any major.

What Sociology classes are available?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Sociology courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Sociology course descriptions, click here. 

This course introduces the student to the discipline of sociology, its development, theories, major findings, and to the sociological interpretation of modern society. Emphasis will be given to the importance of careful empirical investigation for the understanding of recent social and cultural changes. Students should be prepared to encounter basic issues in sociological method and in theory; an inclination toward systematic and abstract reasoning will help.

This is an introductory course in sociological social psychology. The emphasis is on such sociological concepts and processes as: culture and society, language, role playing definition of the situation, presentation of self, expressed values and opinions, and the performance of role(s). The social order is conceived as being composed of threee integrated, interactive components: culture, society, and the individual.

This course addresses the relationship among human beings, their social organization, and the environment, both “natural” and “built.”  Of special concern in this course will be issues related to social stratification, power, and environmental/ecological issues.


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Last Reviewed: January 18, 2012