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Sociology Program

The study of sociology helps you understand our society and your place in the world. In the Sociology program, students will gain an understanding of the social world through human behavior as you learn the skills of of observation, organization, writing and data analysis.

Sociologists use scientific methods like surveys, field work, focus groups, content analysis and more to discover how social media affects the way people interact, how ideas of gender have changed overtime and how globalization affects our society.

Take a sociology course at COD or follow the Sociology Transfer Pathway to earn your Associate in Arts and transfer to a four-year university.

Determine Your Path

Sociologists often find employment in a variety of fields including human services, criminal justice, business and commerce, education, research, community relations, computer and information science and communications.

You want to attend a credible college that stands out from the rest. At COD, you'll discover:

  • Small class sizes that ensure students receive personalized attention.
  • Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
  • Affordable programs to help students achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining a savings account.
  • Instruction utilizing top-notch facilities.

Watch a video to learn more about the Sociology program.

Sociology Transfer Pathway

The Sociology Transfer Pathway, Associate in Arts will prepare you to transfer to a baccalaureate institution.

Foundations of Data Science

Learn the fundamental skills of research and data analysis through the Foundations of Data Science certificate. The importance of the understanding of data is crucial to a variety of social science fields. 

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Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in the Sociology program is to apply for admission.

Our Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a timeline based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Data Science Certificate

Students taking data science certificate courses will:

  • Describe the different steps in the data analysis process.
  • Use the tools of data analysis.
  • Compare and contrast different research methods.
  • Apply statistical techniques appropriately.

College of DuPage has several transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities and the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). For more information on specific transfer agreements, visit

Sociology Careers

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Sociology program.

An undergraduate sociology degree provides a solid base in fields like law, social work, journalism, criminal justice, urban planning, international relations, gerontology and business administration. Each of these professional fields requires an advanced degree. Some of the most prestigious Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in the country seek students who have general social science undergraduate coursework.

Becoming a professional sociologist requires at least a master's degree; a doctorate usually is beneficial. Professional sociologists teach in colleges and universities, do research for government and private agencies and serve as consultants for many different types of businesses and organizations.

Students will use a variety of sociological methods throughout their studies including field work, ethnography, focus groups, content analysis, documentary research, quantitative and qualitative analysis and surveys.