Sociology at Mountain View

The Sociology program at Mountain View offers a variety of courses to provide students the foundation they need to understand society from several different theoretical perspectives. Furthermore, the program is committed to encouraging critical thinking, creative writing, collaborative learning, public speaking and computer literacy skills to promote lifelong learning.

Faculty members of the Sociology program at Mountain View strive to prepare students for a variety of educational pursuits. They work to enable students to think holistically about behavioral and social processes and to understand, appreciate and respect diversity. The program's student learning outcomes focus on sociology as a science, critical thinking and the development of effective speaking and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on applied sociology and the benefits of applying a scientific approach to understanding social behavior.

What is sociology?

Sociology is the systematic study of human social interaction, social groups and society. Sociologists seek to understand how, why and in what ways humans interact, form groups and bring about stability and change in the society in which we all live.

Sociologists use a variety of research strategies in their work, including surveys, observation and experiments. Sociologists also employ different theoretical approaches that emphasize scientific methods for observation and analysis, as well as methods that involve experience and description. In many ways, sociology forces us to step outside of our own social circumstances and lives and take an "outsider's perspective" in examining the assumptions and inconsistencies of our own daily worlds.

Sociologists may apply their skills in action-oriented work, consulting work or teaching and basic research. In addition, the skills and tools of sociology are valuable when applied in a variety of occupations.

Sociology courses at Mountain View are designed to accomplish three goals:

  • Provide students with sound academic preparation by meeting the basic standards of transfer-level courses necessary for further college or university education.
  • Stimulate interest in the field of sociology and encourage students to consider sociology as either a major or minor.
  • Create awareness of social conditions and appreciation for diverse cultures, and develop both the intellectual and investigative skills necessary to recognize and solve social problems in the communities in which we live — local, regional, national and global.

Courses cover a wide variety of social considerations, including: marriage, race, sexuality, crime, social issues and family.