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Program Overview

Curious about the intricacies of human interaction and group behaviors? The Sociology program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers an insightful exploration into these aspects of society. This program serves as the first step toward a bachelor’s degree, laying a foundational understanding of various cultural, social, and ethnic perspectives from historical and contemporary viewpoints. Ideal for students aspiring to careers in teaching, criminology, urban planning, law, public health, and government service, this Associate of Arts degree meets the general education requirements at all Idaho public institutions.

Through the program, you will develop skills in research, problem solving, and analysis, preparing you to address social challenges and changes effectively. Whether you are aiming for a career in social services, counseling, or administrative support, the versatile nature of a Sociology degree provides a wealth of opportunities in many different fields.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Diverse Cultural Insights: Gain an in-depth understanding of cultures, social change, and race and ethnic relations.
  • Foundational Skills in Research & Analysis: Develop abilities to conduct sociological research and analyze complex social phenomena.
  • Preparation for a Variety of Career Paths: Explore opportunities in social services, counseling, management, teaching, and more.
  • Flexibility for Career & Educational Progression: Use this degree to seamlessly transfer to any Idaho university and pursue varied career options.
  • Community Engagement & Citizenship: Become an informed and engaged citizen, capable of contributing positively to your community.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Sociology – Associate of Arts Degree

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Social Science Research Assistants

    Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.


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  • Sociologists

    Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"I wanted to expand my education in order to do what I love — helping people, particularly children, who may be struggling in life and need someone to be there to listen and be their advocate. I didn’t have that growing up." Read more > about Making Dreams a Reality
Heather Williams
2019, Graduate, Psychology & Sociology
"I left with an associate degree and zero student loan debt which, I think, is pretty empowering! Because of CWI, I went from a shy, young girl to a confident leader." Read more > about An Incredible Impact
Amanda Graham
2012 Graduate, Sociology


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Congratulations to Professor of Sociology, Charles Dickinson, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for May 2022.

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Professor of Sociology, Charles Dickinson, is recognized for the transformative and life-changing nature of his teaching.

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Congratulations to the inaugural group of CWI faculty who now hold the rank title of Professor.

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Congratulations to CWI instructors, Liza Long, Anna Gamboa, Cathy Carson, Hollie Leavitt, Joel Gladd, and Charles Dickinson!

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CWI student, Kaw Paw, who came to America from a Thailand refugee camp, is pursuing an education to help herself, her family, and others.

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“Regardless of age, background, or past experiences, CWI gives people an opportunity to be successful in college, become educated, and flourish.”

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“At CWI, I felt important and not just another student in a chair... Because of CWI, my dreams are coming true!”

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Amanda Graham, a 2012 alumna, developed lifelong passions, skills, and confidence at College of Western Idaho. 

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Congratulations to Piper Skoglund, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for January 2019.

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Charles Dickinson, associate professor of Sociology at CWI, co-authored an article published in the publication’s October issue.

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Charles Dickinson recently returned from the 111th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Read more about CWI’s Dickinson Engages in Sociology at National Level

Associate Professor of Sociology, Charles Dickinson, received the College’s monthly faculty award.

Read more about Dickinson is August Faculty of Distinction
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