Program Description

  • The Interactive Video Courses program at OHM BOCES is proud to bring dual-credit Psychology and Sociology to students in our schools. Each course is runs for one (1) semester and, every year, is offered both in the fall and spring. College credit from Mohawk Valley Community College is available for students in grades 11 or 12. For schools outside the Mohawk Valley, options for credit at a local community colleges can be explored. Our synchronous video classes meet each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at scheduled times. The times are built around the bell schedules of participating schools and, often times, we are able to combine students from two school together into a single class section. The classes are taught entirely via Interactive Video Conference, as the teachers are hosted at OHM BOCES while the students receive instruction from classrooms equipped with professional video conferencing technology at their schools. Both dual-credit courses meet both New York State requirements for .5 high school course credits as well as collegiate requirements to earn three (3) credit hours.
    For more information on our advanced Social Studies courses, students should contact the guidance counselor at their school. School districts should contact Greg Smith at OHM BOCES to discuss options for technology and scheduling of these courses. 
    Host Site: OHM BOCES IT Offices
    Psychology Teacher: Dr. Sandro Sehic
    Sociology Teacher: Mr. Jerry Malloy 

Course Descriptions

    Introduction to General Psychology
    3 Credits

    This course is designed to introduce students to the many and varied facets of psychology.  Emphasis throughout the course will be on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral and emotional experiences and training.

    Prerequisite: None (must be in grade 11 or 12 to receive college credit)

    Textbook: TBA

    Introduction to Sociology        
    3 Credits

    Sociology is designed to familiarize students with the concepts and methodology of sociology. The concepts include culture, socialization, deviance, and social stratification. These concepts are used to analyze major aspects of society including racial and ethnic relations, the family, politics and the state, education, population change,social change, and social movements.

    Prerequisite: (must be in grade 11 or 12 to receive college credit)

    Textbook: Brinkerhoff, D.B., White, L.K., Ortega, S.T., Weitz, R. (2011). Essentials of Sociology, 8th ed., Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.