Introduction to Sociology (LIB 460JE)

Introduction to Sociology (LIB 460JE) is an online, self-paced lecture course. Using examples from the health-sector, students will explore and gain an understanding of what makes up a society, how institutions maintain and utilize power, how groups of people are divided within society, and how these different groups behave and interact. By learning about sociology and the “sociological imagination”, students will gain a social science-based understanding of how society is created and how we are influenced by it. This course will provide a solid sociological framework through readings (including both seminal and current literature), lecture slides with recorded narrated content, external video tools, and class projects/assignments.

After completing the course above, you'll be well-prepared to pursue a degree in fields such as pharmacy, nursing, and medical imaging and therapeutics.

This course does not have any prerequisites.

Course Format

Introduction to Sociology (LIB 460JE) is a 3-credit online, asynchronous, self-paced course. This course does not have specific meeting times or deadlines. You will complete your assignments on your schedule over 16 weeks using Blackboard, an online learning platform. You will also have the support of an instructor, as well as 24/7 online tutoring as you progress through the coursework. After completing this course, you will receive a final letter grade and be able to request an official transcript from our Registrar’s Office.

Course Cost

Courses run at a rate of $520 per credit hour. The School of Professional Studies offers reduced tuition options to new MCPHS students.

Students who have not previously taken coursework at MCPHS are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for one course. Please complete the discount code form to receive the discount code.

Degree applicants who have been admitted to a degree program and paid their enrollment deposit are eligible to receive a 50% reduction in the cost of tuition for any prerequisite course that the Admission Office has indicated must be completed before starting the degree program. Please contact the Admission Office at 617.879.5964 (Boston), 508.373.5607 (Worcester), or 603.314.1701 (Manchester) for more information.

Create your account and begin the registration process.


MCPHS is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

We suggest that students purchase their course materials after registering and gaining access to their course. Detailed instructions will then be provided.

The course requires the following textbooks:

Ferris, K., & Stein, J. (2020). The real world: An introduction to sociology. 7th Edition. The electronic content for this book is not required.

Bhatraju, K. (2013). Mud Creek medicine: The life of Eula Hall and the fight for Appalachia. Louisville, KY: Butler Books.

A webcam is also required.

Students can receive a full tuition refund if they drop a course within five business days of registering. Course changes will also be allowed during this five-day window.

After the five-day window closes (and up until the course's completion date), students may choose to withdraw from the course without a refund. This would result in a "W" on their student record.

Students should use a computer to interact with the course content rather than a mobile device, iPad, or Tablet. Please confirm you have the minimum computer specifications by reviewing the technology requirements for MCPHS before registering for your course.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have all the required resources needed to access the course material and software.


How to Register

Once you’ve selected your course of interest and are ready to register, all that’s left is to create your account and pay the tuition fees. You'll be asked to create a username and password, provide some basic personal information, and pay the course's tuition. You’ll receive access to your course within two business days of paying tuition.
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