Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of social interactions and societies. Sociologists examine group structure, social relationships, and how social processes shape human behavior. Courses in sociology satisfy general education requirements for the associate degree, an associate degree for transfer in sociology, an associate degree in social sciences with an emphasis in ethnic studies, and lower division transfer. The Honors Program includes one sociology course: SOC 201H Introduction to Sociology - Honors. The Sociology Program offers a transfer degree.

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Courses in ethnic studies critically examine the experiences and perspectives of underrepresented populations within social, cultural and political dynamics such as racism, class, gender, sexuality, education, legal status, migration and globalization.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Samoff, Sheryl CI 248626-914-8827ssamoff@citruscollege.edu
White, Gailynn CI 245626-852-8012gwhite@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dean
Dr. Dana Hester
Administrative Secretary
Gayle Allen
Division Office
CI 120
Division Phone Number
626-914-8860

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Communicate knowledge of sociological theory and social research in order to better understand and explain the social world.
  • Develop an understanding of human behavior in the social context in order to understand the nature of human action.
  • Identify the structure of groups, organizations, or societies in order understand how the social structure influences social life.
  • Apply sociological theory and research to evaluate culture, social patterns, social interaction, and human behavior.
  • Employ sociological concepts to examine society and everyday life in order to acquire the conceptual tools needed to analyze the complexities of social life.
  • Analyze the social interactions and relationships that shape beliefs and practices for the purposes of understanding how beliefs and practices are produced and reproduced.
  • Analyze the patterns in society in order to understand the factors that shape society.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think sociologically about social problems in order to understand the social forces that cause those problems.
  • Develop an understanding of cultural, social and political views different from one’s own by showing awareness of possible objections to one’s own view.
  • Recognize the factors that contribute to social stratification in order to explain how social inequality is produced and reproduced.

ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4C; Citrus GE; CSUGE D3)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course is a historical and cultural survey of the major ethnic groups and ethnic group relations in the U.S. from the pre-Columbian period to the present.


ETHN 116
Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4C; Citrus GE; CSUGE D3)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course is an introductory survey of Chicano/Latino people in the United States; examining race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social class, history, politics, institutional discrimination, culture, migration and globalization, literature, and the arts.


SOC 114
Marriage, Family, and Intimate Relations
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4G; Citrus GE; CSUGE D7; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A consideration of the sociological and psychological factors which influence present day marriages and relationships. Course includes seminar discussions oriented toward understanding these influences as they relate to the individual.


SOC 118
Minorities in America
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4J; Citrus GE; CSUGE D0; CSUGE D3)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course gives an overview of the psychological, social, economic, and political aspects of minority groups in contemporary American culture. It will emphasize the relationships between these groups and the dominate culture.


SOC 201
Introduction to Sociology
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4J; CSUGE D0)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: SOC 201H

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An emphasis is placed on the study of the basic structure of human society, the main forces that hold groups together or weaken them, conditions that transform social life, and basic social concepts.


SOC 201H
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4J; Citrus GE; CSUGE D0)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: SOC 201

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): Student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.

An emphasis is placed on an in-depth, critical study of the basic structure of human society, the main forces that hold groups together or weaken them, conditions that transform social life, and basic social concepts. Students are expected to work and participate at an honors level which includes, strong critical thinking skills through analysis of sociological readings, presentation, and leadership skills demonstrated through class participation/presentation, and service learning in the community.


SOC 202
Contemporary Social Problems
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4J; Citrus GE; CSUGE D0)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Emphasis is placed on American society and social problems. Special attention is given to the causes and effects of social problems. Course content includes research, field observation studies, seminar discussion with special resource professionals.


SOC 220
Introduction to Gender
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4J; Citrus GE; CSUGE D0; CSUGE D7)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course is an introduction to the sociological analysis of gender in contemporary American society. It focuses on macro level analyses of how institutions shape gender and micro level analyses of how individuals are socialized and how they "do" and practice gender.