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Why choose Sociology at PCC?

Portland Community College’s Sociology program is taught in small classes by teachers dedicated to your learning. Our diverse student body will bring a range of experiences and perspectives to create a stimulating learning environment. Community-based learning projects will take your education out of the classroom and into addressing critical issues of our times.

Ever wonder why so many people are living in the streets? Protesting in the streets? Ever been curious about why dating has moved online? Or how porn shapes sex? Ever asked why college tuition has gone up so much? Or why and how race shapes our lives? Do you ever wonder if the stuff you face is only happening to you?

Sociology offers us tools for asking deeper questions about our society and ourselves.

Degrees and certificates

PCC offers many options to meet your goals: short-term certificates, two-year degrees, and university transfer options.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
University transfer 2 years at PCC + 2 years at university

What will you learn?

  • Analyzing power
  • Big picture perspective
  • Critical thinking and deep questions
  • Discussing difficult topics
  • Engaging in your community
  • Root causes of problems
  • Solutions

Want to deepen your knowledge? Consider a focus award with Sociology classes.

What will you do?

Sociologists work in a range of fields, including:

  • Community Organizing
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profits
  • Nursing
  • Politics
  • Public Health
  • Public Opinion Polling
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Social services
  • Teaching

Next steps

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PCC offers more than 90 programs.