Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, Saturday, and online courses.
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Session, Full- or Part-Time.

Associate of Arts Degree

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About the Program

Have you ever wondered why most Minnesotans consider caterpillars—a good source of protein—unfit for consumption, yet find a can of chemicals they call “pop” refreshing on a hot day? How does society encourage conformity with social norms, and what happens when these efforts fail? Sociologists study how groups influence the behavior of individuals, as well as how individuals influence each other and the larger society. Through sociology, you’ll also explore issues of social power and inequality—how factors like race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status place us in hierarchies of power and privilege that shape both our lives and identities. Sociology applies these ideas to everyday life—examining responses to Hurricane Katrina, the increasing acceptance of tattoos among middle-class youth, and incidents like road rage. Sociology has the tools to study these phenomena and others that touch our lives and the lives of individuals and societies around the globe. Sociology classes will help you build skills in research, oral communication, and cross-cultural communication and enable you to pursue professional exploration through field research and service-learning opportunities in the community. Your coursework in sociology will provide you with the critical thinking and analytical skills to succeed in the workplace and pursue further study at a four-year college/university or graduate school.

What can I do with a major in Sociology?

As a sociology major, you are in demand by employers seeking knowledgeable individuals able to succeed in today’s diverse workplaces, including business, non-profit organizations, social work, human services, law enforcement, and education.

Sociology Transfer Pathway AA Degree

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The Sociology Transfer Pathway AA degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Sociology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State College and transfer to a Minnesota State University to earn a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

Minnesota State universities include Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.


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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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    Program Faculty

  • Corey Culver
    Faculty
    Sociology
  • Experience: Mr. Cunnien has over 15 years teaching as a college Sociologyinstructor. He has served on numerous committees throughout his graduate andprofessional career. And he has graduate training in educationaltechnologies. He engaged in multiple research projects and served on thegraduate editorial board for Context Magazine. A magazine published by theAmerican Sociological Association. He consistently seeks out new research onteaching and engages in professional development opportunities.
    Education: MASTERS OF ARTS, SOCIOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – TWIN CITIES Concentration: Democracy and Citizenship; BACHELOR OF ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – TWIN CITIES Majors: Sociology & Political Science Minor: Philosophy; ASSOCIATE OF ARTS, CENTURY COLLEGE – WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN Major: General Education
    Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, playing guitar, getting outside
    Keith Cunnien
    Faculty
    Bio
    Sociology
  • Experience: Susannah Dolance grew up in Dallas, Texas and discovered her passion for Sociology early in her undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University, where she earned a BA in Sociology in 1997. She earned her Master’s degree and PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Susannah moved from Michigan to Minnesota in order to teach Sociology and Gender Studies full-time at Century College. Her areas of interest are gender, sexuality, race, education, and social change. She lives with her partner in Northeast Minneapolis, where in her free time, she enjoys reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), biking, and cooking and eating good food.
    Teaching Approach: See bio above
    Education: BA, Sociology, Texas Tech University; MA & PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan
    Hobbies: See bio above
    Susannah Dolance
    Faculty
    Bio
    Sociology
  • Experience: Dr. Engelen-Eigles has been teaching at the college level for over 25 years. Prior to joining the faculty at Century in 2004, she taught at the University of St. Katherine, St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota. From 2013-2015, she co-directed the task force that designed a comprehensive Honors Program for the College and brought it to the eve of implementation. Dr. Engelen-Eigles has extensive experience teaching online and blended courses, and currently mentors other faculty in online teaching strategies.
    Teaching Approach: “I believe every student benefits from exposure to a broad range of ideas–in terms of subject matter as well as viewpoints. It is my hope that students leave my classes feeling like they have been challenged to think in new ways, to question taken-for-granted knowledge about the world around them, and to not just state–but to support–their arguments in discussions and essays.”
    Education: Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Minnesota; MS in Consumer Studies, Virginia Tech; Graduate Certificate in European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles; BA in Studio Art, Wesleyan University.
    Notable: 2011-2012 Fulbright Research Scholar, Seoul, Korea “Women with Disabilities in Korea: Experiences with Health Care”; “Why Honors is a Hard Sell in the Community College” (with Jan Milner), published in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2014, Volume 15, Number 2, https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/nchcjournal/437/.
    Hobbies: Learning languages, fitness, water sports
    Debbie Engelen-Eigles
    Faculty
    Bio
    Sociology
  • Kirsten Lindbloom
    Faculty
    Sociology