The Department of Social Sciences’ sociology program provides students with a general overview of the field of sociology. All majors are introduced to the basic theories of sociology, research techniques, and data analysis, the interrelationship of society and culture, issues concerning modernity, and inequality. Sociology gives the student a grasp of the “global” nature of social relationships and allows one to understand the complex interplay between individuals, communities, organizations, nations, classes, racial groups, ethnic groups, and gender.
The degree offers students the ability to concentrate in the various subfields of sociology, which allows flexibility in the choice of careers and graduate school.
The courses you choose to meet the requirements for the sociology major may not count as General Education courses. See your advisor for further information.
Graduates with a BA in Sociology should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of the role of sociology and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality
- Converse on two or more specialty areas within the discipline.
- Demonstrate the role of evidence and of quantitative and qualitative methods.
- Use computers for purposes of data analysis and information retrieval.
- Write in an appropriate style for conveying findings of research.
- Identify and apply the principles of ethical disciplinary practice.
- Articulate and understanding of how culture and social structure operate.
- Articulate the reciprocal relationship between individuals and society.
- Articulate distinctions between macro and micro levels of analysis.
- Demonstrate critical thinking.