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The Major

The Sociology major is extremely flexible and caters to your individual interests. It consists of 39 credits, including:

Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology or Peoples of the World (each 3 credits)

Methods of Social Research (3 credits)

Three Sociology electives (9 credits; 2 classes must be 300 level or above and one class must be either Social Stratification, Minority Groups, or Theory)

Six departmental electives (18 credits)


You can minor in:


        Child and Family Studies

        Criminal Justice

Health, Aging, and Society

Social Work



Social Work & Criminal Justice Practitioner Series

This series taps into the rich experience of area social work and justice system professionals to inform upper level MCLA students about contemporary issues and methods in the field. Practitioners offer courses in specialty areas of social work and criminal justice, providing a mix of theory and practical wisdom developed over years of experience. Sample courses include School Social Work, Juvenile Court, Correctional Social Work, and Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

Service Learning

Service learning is an integral part of many courses, where you learn by actively participating in service to the community. Academic learning is reinforced by various methods of reflection such as writing or reading assignments, logs or journals, and class discussion. Community service puts your leadership abilities and civic interests to work while you help address genuine needs in the community. Instructors tie projects to specific learning goals and objectives.

Service Learning Examples

A student in a social work course organized a street hockey program at a local youth center.

Students in anthropology courses worked together to offer a "Hunger Banquet" to the college community, showing how food is unequally distributed throughout the world.

A student in a juvenile delinquency course helped youth on probation who were assigned to a community social skills program.

A group of students developed a support program for foster parents and the children in their care.

Students in a community organizing course created a sociology club to sponsor speakers and programs.