Behavioral Sciences - Sociology

Welcome to Sociology!

What do Sociologists study?

Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interaction.  Sociology is a very broad field, which means that we can study just about anything which relates to human interactions.  We are so expansive, that we study interactions ranging between two people to complex relationships between nations. By becoming aware of the social processes that influence how we think feel and behave we can better understand the behavior patterns of human action.

What can I do with a Sociology degree?

The most common jobs held by sociologists are in the fields of education, research, administration, journalism, politics, corrections, senior or youth services, and public relations. Sociology majors may also work in media outlets, international relations, or among federal agencies.

What courses are offered in Sociology?

At Hinds Community College, the following courses are offered on the Raymond campus as well as through MSVCC online. All courses are typically transferrable to 4-year institutions; however, to insure that it will transfer as one of your prerequisites, you are strongly encouraged to check with your college of choice to be certain that the course will be accepted as needed.

Course Number


Credit Hours


SOC 1213

Community Involvement


This is an elective course designed to provide students with experience in a public or human service agency, or other appropriate work environment, and to encourage them to recognize the value of their active participation in the service/learning process.

SOC 1513

Ethnic Relations


Economic, political, educational, and racial status of ethnic minorities are examined, including relations between minority and dominant groups.

SOC 2113

Introduction to Sociology


Studies the nature and development of culture; social aspects of personality; culture change; and, analysis of community life, population trends, social classes, institutions, processes, and organization.

SOC 2133

Social Problems


(Prerequisites: SOC 2113 ) A study of the nature, scope and effects of the major social problems of today and the attempts to alleviate them, including such problems as poverty, crime, alcoholism, drug addiction, health care issues, mental illness, and aging.

SOC 2143

Marriage and Family


(Prerequisites: SOC 2113 ) A study of the institutions of marriage and the family as a cultural unit in contemporary America, exploring how marriages and family patterns are formed, maintained, and change over the life cycle.

SOC 2163

Introduction to Social Work


A survey of the historical and contemporary field of social work as it relates to the social problems of poverty, welfare services, aging, crime, and family dysfunction.

SOC 2253

Introduction to Gerontology


(Prerequisites: SOC 2113 ) Systematic study of the psychological, physical and social conditions of aging adults in society with emphasis on health, interpersonal problems, housing, employment, retirement/widowhood, exploitation, and death.