Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Sociology students participating in Community-Based Learning

Sociology students participating in PCC's Community-Based Learning program.

Do you like to people watch and try to figure out why people do what they do? Then, you should consider sociology. Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction, with a focus on social groups. Using sociological concepts, theories, and research, we try to understand patterns of social behavior within varying cultures, structures, and institutions. We examine group dynamics, social norms, deviance, systems of inequality, and the causes, consequences, and solutions of different social problems.

In the sociology program, we hope to help students acquire these skills:

  • develop their "sociological imagination".
  • increase students’ awareness of how social forces affect their lives.
  • enable them to critically evaluate sociological processes that occur in the world around them.

These skills are essential in a rapidly changing world. Whether you want a career in medicine, business, social services, community development, or education, sociology provides you with a foundation for understanding how the world works and the role you can play within it.

Sociology & Community-Based Learning

Many of our courses offer Community-Based Learning options. This teaching and learning tool allows students to apply course material to community service activities, with reflection assignments connected back to course learning objectives. Learn more about Community-Based Learning at PCC.

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in sociology, sociology courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Sociology courses may transfer as:

  • elective credits
  • program requirement credits
  • and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer