Social Phenomena

Social Phenomena courses are designed so that students will develop an increased understanding of the influences that shape a person’s, or group’s attitudes, beliefs, emotions, symbols, and actions, and how these systems of influence are created, maintained, and altered by individual, familial, group, situational or cultural means.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of the Social Phenomena general education core competency by being able to:

  • Explain social, organizational, political, economic, historical, or cultural elements that influence and are influenced by individuals and groups.
  • Explain theories and research methods used to investigate social phenomena.
  • Explain ethical issues pertaining to social contexts and phenomena.
  • Explain issues of diversity within and across cultures.
  • Apply concepts or theories of social phenomena to real world situations (e.g., service learning, group work, clubs, organizations, civic engagement, conflict resolution and internships).


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2021-22 Course List

The following Middlesex Community College courses are designated as fulfilling the Social Phenomena general education core competency.(For full course descriptions, hover over the “Numbers” below.)

ANT*101 Introduction to Anthropology
ANT*205 Cultural Anthropology
CJS*101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJS*102 Introduction to Corrections
CJS*105 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CJS*106 Introduction to Homeland Security
CJS*220 Criminal Investigation
CJS*250 Police Organization and Management
CJS*255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
CJS*288 Careers in Criminal Justice
CJS*290 Practicum in Criminal Justice
CJS*294 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
COM*101 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM*120 Social Media
COM*125 / DGA*125 New Media Production
ECN*101 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECN*102 Principles of Microeconomics
ECN*220  International Economics
FRE*101 Elementary French I Effective Spring 2020
FRE*102 Elementary French II Effective Spring 2020
FRE*201 Intermediate French I Effective Spring 2020
FRE*202 Intermediate French II Effective Spring 2020
GEO*101 Introduction to Geography
HLT*160/SOC*160 Introduction to Public Health
HSE*101 Introduction to Human Services
ITA*101 Elementary Italian I Effective Spring 2020
ITA*102 Elementary Italian II Effective Spring 2020
ITA*201 Intermediate Italian Effective Spring 2020
POL*102 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL*103 Introduction to International Relations
POL*111 American Government
POL*112 State and Local Government
POL*293 Connecticut Legislative Internship
PSY*111 General Psychology
PSY*201 Life Span Development
PSY*204 Child and Adolescent Development
PSY*240 Social Psychology”
PSY*243 Theories of Personality Effective Spring 2020
PSY*245 Abnormal Psychology
RAD*109 Methods of Patient Care I
RAD*209 Methods of Patient Care II
RAD*271 Advanced Clinical Internship
SOC*101 Principles of Sociology
SOC*103 Social Problems
SOC*117 Minorities in the U.S.
SOC*120 Group Dynamics
SOC*190  Self and Others:  Dynamics of Diversity
SOC*210 Sociology of the Family
SOC*213 Human Sexuality
SOC*221 Social Inequality
SOC*240 Criminology
SOC*241 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC*277 Social Survey Research
SPA*101 Elementary Spanish I
SPA*102 Elementary Spanish II Effective Spring 2020
SPA*201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA*202 Intermediate Spanish II Effective Spring 2020

Business, Early Childhood Education, and Honors courses
Additional Social Phenomena Courses for students who took certain BBG*, BES*, BMG*, BMK*, ECE*, or HON courses prior to the Fall 2017 semester

The following Middlesex Community College courses are Program Requirements in Business, Early Childhood Education, and Honors.  They were previously designated as fulfilling the Social Phenomena general education core competency. Students matriculating in 2017-18 and later may not use these courses to fulfill the Social Phenomena general education core competency.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the underlined “Numbers” below.)

BBG*101 Introduction to Business
BBG*125 The Future and Business Organizations
BBG*135 Exploring Business & Technology Careers
BBG*215 Global Business
BBG*240 Business Ethics
BBG*294 Business Internship
BBG*295 Cooperative Work Experience
BES*118 Small Business Management
BMG*202 Principles of Management
BMG*204 Managerial Communications
BMG*210 Principles of Organizational Behavior
BMG*220 Human Resource Management
BMK*103 Principles of Retailing
BMK*106 Principles of Selling
BMK*123 Principles of Customer Service
BMK*201 Principles of Marketing
BMK*216 Internet Marketing
BMK*230 Advertising and Promotion
ECE*103 Creative Art Experiences for Children
ECE*106 Music and Movement for Children
ECE*141 Infant/Toddler Growth & Development
ECE*176 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
ECE*180 CDA Preparation Course
ECE*182 Child Development
HON 101 Honors Seminar
HON 102 Honors Seminar II
HON 202 Honors Capstone Project