Five sociology courses are offered at Wenatchee Valley College, as options for fulfilling the social sciences requirement (15 credits) for the associate of arts and sciences degree. Courses include principles of sociology, social problems, introduction to social work, sociology of race and ethnic groups, and sociology of the family. In addition, students may develop individual interests through independent studies. Special courses designed to deal with unique subjects or timely topics are occasionally offered.
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology with an emphasis on the sociological perspective. Areas of study include the economy, government, deviance, stratification, race and ethnicity, family, education, and social change.
A historical overview of social work as a profession by examining professional preparation and employment opportunities as well as characteristics of practice settings with individuals, groups and communities. The course will be structured to promote the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of students by using the sociological perspective. Prerequisites: SOC& 101 is recommended.
Intersection of social institutions and women in American society. Explores research and formal theories on social and institutional pressures that shape women and their roles; confronts myths, misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding a woman's life, including her history, education, sexuality, politics, economics, religion, family, race, age, self-identity and potential.
A historical overview of minority and ethnic relations with an examination of topics and theories related to the diversity of selected groups and intergroup relations. Topics include prejudice and discrimination, dominant/minority relations, and majority and minority groups in American society. Prerequisites: SOC& 101 is recommended.
Investigates social problems of today from a sociological perspective. The course examines important issues of the economy, drug abuse, crime, inequality, family, education, race and ethnic relations, environment, and war and terrorism. The course is structured to promote the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of students by using the sociological imagination.
An examination of the relationship between sport and society from a historical and sociological perspective. Emphasis will be given to sport as an economic enterprise, the relationship between sport and society's institutions, high school and college sports, and the issues of social class, race, gender, and violence in sports.
A comprehensive examination of marriage and family life, including past, current and future trends. The course will help students understand different family patterns and skills for meaningful, long-term, intimate relationships, and is structured to promote the critical thinking and problem solving skills of students by using the sociological perspective. Prerequisites: SOC& 101 is recommended.