- SOC201-Introduction to Sociology
- Provides conceptual tools for analyzing and understanding social forces that shape our lives. The relationships among socialization and social groups, as well as economic, political and religious systems are investigated. In this course, particular attention will be given to (1) integrating foundational sociological concepts and theories with students' experiences in Cuzco and (2) comparing Peruvian society to the United States. Recommended preparation: WR 121; Credits: 4 Lecture: 4
- SOC215-Social Issues and Social Movements
- Applies sociological analysis to contemporary issues and movements. Examples include the environmental crisis, race and ethnic relations sexual deviancy, drug abuse, health care and violence. In addition to these topics, the course will explore social issues and social movements particular to South America. Recommended preparation: WR 121, SOC 201 or instructor approval. Credits: 4 Lecture: 4
- SPAN102-203-First or Second Year Spanish
- Continues the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Select your level based on coursework beyond SPAN101 or a placement test, if necessary.
- Dr. Thomas J. Barry
- Dr. Barry is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Central Oregon Community College. Holding a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas; an M.A. in Speech Communication from California State University; an M.S.W. from the University of Kansas; and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Kansas State University, Tom has taught sociology courses at COCC since 2004. Tom has a passion for examining the interaction between people and the environments in which they live. Understanding historical, social, and cultural forces is essential to self-knowledge and active engagement in making our communities stronger and more democratic.
- Dr. Kenneth F. Ruettgers
- Dr. Ruettgers is an instructor of Sociology at Central Oregon Community College.
At COCC since 2009, Ken has his B.S. in Business Administration from the University Southern California; an M.B.A. in Business Administration from California State University at Bakersfield, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Oxford Graduate School. As a sociologist, Ken is a lifelong student of people and their social interaction within the context of their time, space, and place in history. Seeking to answer social questions is a passionate pursuit of living in community.