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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Sociology (SOC-103)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.
September 2013 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the history of sociology as a field; identify the manner in which sociological research is conducted; consider ethical and social ramifications when conducting sociological research; define culture and diversity and relate those two concepts to each other; determine the interaction between human nature and socialization and the effect that they have on one another in various contexts; characterize societal institutions on the macro and micro levels; ascertain the role of technology on society and human interaction; detail the effects of mass media on socialization; identify the roles of social groups and organizations on human society and interaction; and analyze the role of deviance from societal norms on society and discuss the social control of deviant behavior that is exercised by society.


This self-study course in sociology is designed for students with no prior background in the subject. It guides students through the process of asking and answering important questions from a sociological perspective. Students exercise critical thinking, reading, and writing skills while being exposed to sociological theories and research they can apply to important social issues. Students learn how individuals are organized into social groups from intimate groups to bureaucracies and how these influence individual behavior, considering the nature and interrelationships of basic social institutions such as family, education, religion, and the economy.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology (9/13) (8/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).