Sociology

Sociology is the application of scientific principles and procedures to understand and solve the problems of social groups, organizations, and institutions.  Sociologists study how people relate to each other and how groups influence individuals.

Iowa Central's Sociology curriculum is designed to prepare students for a major in Sociology at a senior institution.  The curriculum provides a broad perspective of sociological issues, methods of sociological study and research techniques.  Skills of analysis also provide a means to study related areas in the Social Sciences such as Anthropology, Psychology, Religion, History, Political Science/Government, Geography, and Economics.

Students interested in majoring in Sociology can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years.  Students planning to major in Sociology or Anthropology are encouraged to take additional elective courses in the Social Sciences.

Sociology Careers

  • Addiction Counselor
  • College Instructor
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Contract & Grant Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Demographer
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Human Service Caseworker
  • Industrial Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Marriage & Family Counselor
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Parole & Probation Officer
  • Population Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Social Survey Analyst
  • Social Worker
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Youth Counselor
  • Youth Worker

Course Schedule

Iowa Central's Sociology Curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background in the methodologies, theories, and fundamental concepts of Sociology and related social sciences.  Students interested in majoring in Sociology can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years.  The following is a suggested plan of study for students majoring in Sociology.

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-251 Social Psychology
3.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
GEO-121 World Regional Geography
3.0
POL-121 International Relations
3.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
HUM-113 Exploring the Humanities
3.0
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
3.0
ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
3.0
SOC-120 Marriage & Family
3.0
 
Total Hours: 12.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 60.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu