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Most of us have a basic idea about how houses or transportation systems are built, but little knowledge, beyond common sense, about how societies are constructed. Sociology systematically examines the architecture of our social world and our everyday interactions.

Sociology provides a framework to understand how societies, and social life in general, are created, maintained, and changed. Students of sociology gain an appreciation of why it is that we do things one way, while other cultures do things differently. Topics and issues in Sociology include: family, gender, race and ethnicity, human ecology, community, religion, government, globalization, social problems, social deviance, social welfare, social change and social stratification.

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SUSAN PALMER

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


DEVON GUSTAFSON

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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403


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Mission

The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Arts AA-DTA degree (90 credits) which is designed for students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students pursuing this degree should meet with an academic advisor at WWCC and an advisor at their intended baccalaureate institution to determine an appropriate educational plan. (See AA-DTA in Degrees section of catalog).

Preparation for Success

A major in Sociology is strengthened by studies in history, research and statistics.