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Sociology

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

The Sociology Program

What Can I Do With a Major in Sociology?

An undergraduate degree in sociology provides a strong liberal arts foundation for entry-level positions in social services, law or criminal justice, education, community development, marketing or other business-related fields and government jobs. Those who enter human services might work with youths at risk, the elderly or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse or the justice system. Those who enter the business world might work in sales, marketing, customer relations or human resources. Others may choose a teaching career. Sociology also offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business or public administration — fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. In addition, an undergraduate degree in sociology is excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher or applied sociologist.

Curriculum Requirements

  • Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology

    Major Requirements: (36 credits)
    SO 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
    AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
    SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems - 3 credits
    PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
    SO 307 Sociological Theory - 3 credits
    AN 360 Qualitative Research Methods - 3 credits
    SO 405 Senior Seminar I - 3 credits
    SO 450 Senior Seminar II - 3 credits
    Any Four Sociology Electives - 12 credits

    Students are encouraged to select a complimentary area of study (minor or second major) in consultation with their faculty adviser.

  • Requirements for a Minor in Sociology

    Required Courses(18 credits):
    SO 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
    SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems - 3 credits
    Any four Sociology Electives* - 12 credits

    * In consultation with department chair.

Program Highlights

Sociology Accreditations and Affiliations

Department Affiliate, American Sociological Association

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Delineate the major theoretical frameworks and distinctive concepts upon which the discipline is grounded.
  • Explain the effects of social location on groups and individuals.
  • Explain the dynamics of social change and explain how social structures change as a result of social forces.
  • Critically evaluate explanations of human behavior and social phenomena by using the sociological imagination.
  • Apply scientific principles to understand the social world.
  • Conduct and critique empirical research.