Sociology is the study of social relations in groups. Topics include socialization, social stratification, sex roles, race and ethnic relations, social philosophy, the family, population trends and the dynamics of social change. Sociology majors are prepared to transfer to four year colleges and universities so that they may prepare for careers as counselors, teachers, police officers, social workers and human service workers. 

Human Services Option

The Human Services Option within the Sociology discipline offers a certificate of Completion for a student earning 18 units of academic preparation for entry-level positions in various human service agencies or non-profit community organizations. This academic track also prepares the student for upper division courses in human services, behavioral sciences and social sciences including Liberal Studies.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Marie Butler either via email: or by telephone: 805-986-5800, ext. 1941


Telephone: (805) 986-5800 Ex 1941




1995, Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Davis, Sociology - Specialty in Demography @ UC-Berkeley and UCLA

1975, M.Ed. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. Counseling Psychology and Criminology.

1970, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., Political Science/History

Areas of expertise: Demography and development