Your life will probably not be the same after taking a sociology course at NVCC as a result of the increased awareness that you will gain. Through these courses, you will learn how sociologists view the world, the events occurring in it and even individual and seemingly peculiar behavior. After learning about the sociological perspective, you will understand a lot more about your life and the lives of those around you.

A Window to the World - Past, Present and Future…

We offer a range of courses to prepare you to understand how and why people and countries interact with each other the way they do. Our courses will provide you with:

  • an excellent education - these are essential disciplines comprising a well-rounded general education curriculum.
  • maximum transferability - all courses offered in these areas are transferable to universities and colleges both in and out of the state.
Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for the following degrees allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in sociology without loss of credit or time.

Associate of Science Degree in Behavioral Science
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences


Principles of Sociology
3 Credits

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG*H101. A general introduction to the science of sociology, including the “sociological imagination,” theory and methods. Students are taught what is unique about the way in which sociologists view and analyze human behavior. The role of the social structure and how it affects our lives will be emphasized. There will also be an emphasis on how sociologists develop and test their hypotheses, as well as on various aspects of social life such as culture, groups and institutions, deviance and social control, inequality, ethnicity, and family.

Family Dysfunction
3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOC*H101. This course is a comprehensive look at family dysfunction, including but not limited to family violence. We will explore the historical context, theoretical explanations, social character, causes, consequences of and possible solutions to family dysfunction, including intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and child abuse. We also will consider methodological and ethical issues in family dysfunction research and treatment.

Contemporary Social Issues
3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOC*H101. This course presents an analysis of current sociological issues with emphasis on social stratification, inequality and sociocultural dynamics. Topics include ageism, sexism, population growth and decline, racism, modernization, and technology.

Sociology of the Family
3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOC*H101 or equivalent. Students will examine marriage and family relationships from a sociological perspective, concentrating on first meetings through marriage, having and rearing a family, divorce, and remarriage. Topics considered include: gender roles, love relationships, sexual fulfillment, communication, dual-income marriages, and step-families.

Social Inequality
3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOC*H101. This course addresses the causes and consequences of inequality based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, and disability through an examination of the social structure, culture, history, and social institutions of American society.

3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOC*H101 or by permission of instructor. Students will examine problems of law and order from a sociological perspective. The formation of laws, the causes of crime, and societal responses to crime will be considered. Topics to be considered include law-making as a social process, social and psychological explanations of criminal behavior, courts, punishment, imprisonment, and rehabilitation. (fall)

Juvenile Delinquency
3 Credits

Prerequisite: SOC*H101 or permission of the instructor. Students will examine the nature of juvenile delinquency. Consideration will be given to major theories attempting to explain delinquent behavior. The history, philosophy, and current practices of the juvenile justice system in America will be presented.

Death and Dying (also listed as HSE*H171)
3 Credits

An exploration of the stages of death and dying. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding grief and loss. The course will focus on the following: the dying person, sudden death and the effect on the family, cultural and economic issues, the broad moral aspects of death, and other related problems. (spring)