Sociology and Sign Language Department

Welcome! Sociology is the study of the social behavior, origins, organization, institutions and development of human society. At MCC, students are taught the fundamentals of sociological theory and basic research methodology to analyze the dynamics of cultural, educational, political, religious and other social factors. An important aspect of the college's sociology course offerings is the opportunity for students to directly engage in the community as part of MCC's Academic Community Engagement Program. Through structured volunteer service assignments, students gain an understanding of the local community and the diversity of groups within the community.

American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary sign language used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the United States and Canada. It is the most researched language in the world. A unique feature of learning ASL at MCC is the sequence of sign language courses offered. By taking these courses, MCC students learn ASL, the language of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population in America, as well as others who may be speech challenged. Because ASL is a language that uses a system of manual, facial and other body movements to communicate, students gain a special insight into how a human language takes shape in a medium of expression other than speech.

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Students can choose from the sociology courses to satisfy their general education core requirements or the requirements for a Liberal Arts and Science associate in art degree or the Liberal Arts and Science associate in science degree. Many students who are interested in continuing their studies in sociology will transfer to a four-year college or university to receive a bachelor's degree. By starting their course work at MCC, they are able to take advantage of the college's high quality instruction and more affordable tuition and fees. Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss how MCC courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options avaibable at MCC can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the web site.

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Lucy Hurston, Professor
Department Chair

MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and "real world" credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees though guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

Last Update: September 11 2013
For additional information, contact: 860-512-3000