A class full of students faces the front of a classroom on KCC's North Avenue campus.Sociology is the scientific study of society. Sociologists explore the nature of the society we live in by working to understand how society is structured and how it shapes our lives. For example, sociologists examine how unequal access to wealth and income affect the opportunities and life outcomes of different classes, genders and racial and ethnic groups.

Have you ever wondered, “Why are poverty and inequality growing in the United States?” Sociologists explore how social institutions, including the media, the family and the educational system, influence society and socialize us into our environment. They investigate questions like, “How do television and film shape our understanding of what it means to be male or female?”

Sociologists also study how individuals and groups change the social world through collective action. Why, for example, have students in the Latin American country Chile organized large-scale protests against the cost of higher education, but students in the United States have not? What determines how and when a social movement is formed, and what makes it successful?

Sociology courses at Kellogg Community College contribute to the completion of KCC degrees including Associate in Arts, General Studies, International Studies and degrees in occupational disciplines. A list of sociology courses offered at KCC follows.

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Sociology Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
SOCI 201 Intro to Sociology* 3
SOCI 202 Social Problems* 3
SOCI 203 Marriage and Family* 3
SOCI 204 Race and Ethnic Relations* 3

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

Transfer Opportunities

KCC Sociology courses prepare students for transfer to four-year universities and to other colleges where students pursue a variety of majors, including majors in anthropology, education, philosophy, religion and sociology.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan or contact KCC’s Social Science and Education Department at 269-660-7705.

Sociology Careers

Because sociology involves studying and working with people and different social groups, there are dozens of career opportunities open to people with a degree in sociology.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in sociology include:

  • Corporate analyst
  • Criminologist
  • Economist
  • Journalist
  • Market researcher or consultant
  • Public health specialist
  • Research associate
  • Social and human service worker
  • Social media expert
  • Statistician
  • Survey researcher

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for sociology careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Sociology at KCC?

KCC is a nationally accredited, affordable two-year college that provides high-quality Sociology courses. Many students choose to transfer KCC Sociology courses to four-year universities. KCC’s faculty are well-qualified instructors with a passion for teaching, and the college’s small class sizes create a more interactive and personal learning environment.

Flexible Classes

Select KCC Sociology courses are offered online, in the classroom and in hybrid formats that include both classroom and online instruction. This allows students more flexibility in their class schedule.

A Variety of Subjects

KCC Sociology courses cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • General sociology
  • Marriage and families
  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Social problems
  • And more!

Hands-On Experience

KCC Sociology instructors are enthusiastic about sociology and bring a multitude of experiences to each class. Select KCC Sociology courses qualify for the fulfillment of the KCC service-learning endorsement required for graduates pursuing a degree outside of the applied sciences.