Sociology Department




The mission of the sociology program at Saddleback College is to offer a comprehensive introduction to the social science of sociology for students majoring in sociology, those taking sociology course to fulfill general education requirements, and to provide transfer level classes for those who are majoring in sociology.  Students will develop and expand their life skills as well as understand the impact group membership has on an individual.  The program provides courses leading to the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees and is one of the programs that offers an AA-T degree.

Sociology is the scientific study of society and human behavior.  Sociology courses analyze and evaluate the development and structure of human society , social institutions within society, patterns of human interaction, culture, social inequality, social problems, and social change.


                                            Why Major in Sociology?

Majoring in sociology can prepare students for a wide variety of occupations and careers. Students with a degree in sociology have found employment in business, criminal justice, community services, social services, non-profit sector, health services, government, education, research, urban planning and development, and the field of aging.  In addition, a sociology major prepares students seeking advanced professional degrees or who plan to pursue graduate education in sociology. 



Full-Time Faculty

Allison Camelot View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major Faculty Website Allison Camelot
Department Chair
Office BGS 300
(949) 582-447

April Cubbage, Ph. D. View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major Faculty Website April Cubbage, Ph.D.
Office BGS 300
(949) 582-4636

Nicole Major View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major Faculty Website Nicole Major
Office BGS 351
(949) 582-4745


Part-Time Faculty

Stephanie D'Auria View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major

Jim French View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major

Jennifer Jazayeri View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major

Felix Lamorena View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major

Whitney Youngren View profile information for Staff Member Nicole Major



Aging Studies




Environmental Sociology


Marriage and Family

Medical Sociology

Political Sociology



Social Psychology




Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify the current goals of sociology.
  • Compare and contrast the three main sociological theories in sociology.
  • Apply social theories to analyze current or historical topics or events.
  • Differentiate social research and social research methods from other research models.
  • Evaluate current social research.
  • Describe the role that culture plays in affecting group as well as individual behaviors.
  • Differentiate between Sociology and the other social sciences.
  • Define and apply the sociological imagination/sociological perspective.
  • Identify and apply specific sociological terms and concepts.
  • Explain how various social locations such as class, race, gender, age and sexuality are vital to the study of sociology and apply them to specific sociological topics.
  • Identify specific social problems and their cause-effect patterns.
  • Critically evaluate the proposed ways to alleviate the major social problems facing society today.
  • Identify and analyze social change and the impact on society.
  • Examine and analyze institutional influences on individuals, groups, and society.
  • Identify and evaluate community support services and agencies.


Student Learning Outcomes




Core Courses

  • SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3 units) 
  • SOC 2 Social Problems (3 units)
  • MATH 10 Introduction to Statistics (3 units) or PSYC 44 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3 units)


  • SOC 10 Introduction to Marriage and the Family (3 units)
  • SOC 15 Socialization of the Child (3 units)
  • SOC 16 Death and Dying (3 units)
  • SOC 20 Ethnic Cultures of the United States (3 units)
  • SOC 21 Women in Contemporary Society (3 units)
  • SOC 23 Food and Society (3 units)
  • SOC 25 Social Stratification (3 units)
  • SOC 30 Social Psychology (3 units)
  • SOC 125 Sociology of Aging (3 units)
  • SOC 180 Introduction to Aging (3 units)

Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

The curriculum in the Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree.  Please see graduation requirements for Sociology AA-T degree.



Best Accredited Colleges has released their 2021 rankings, and Saddleback College has been ranked #10 on our list Best Associate Degrees in Sociology!




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American Sociological Association

Pacific Sociological Association


Zero Textbook Cost

Zero Textbook Cost Classes

What is ZTC?

ZTC (Zero-Textbook-Cost) classes have no textbook-related costs, including access fees for online materials. Such classes often use Open Educational Resources (OER) created under a Creative Commons (a public copyright license) that give people the ability to share, use, and build upon a work that has been created. They may also use library e-books or other sources so there is no cost to the student. Saddleback College faculty have adopted and created OER to provide high-quality educational materials to you at no cost online, and low-cost print options. Click here for more information about our ZTC classes.