Sociology is the study of group life: its characteristics, values, changes, causes and consequences. It employs scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, inter-group relationships, social class, environment, technology and communications, health-seeking behavior, and social movements. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.
Methodology of Social Research
Statistics and/or Probability Theory
3 upper level credits
Social Stratification, Organizations,
9 upper level credits
Sociology Electives for a cohesive program of study
Notes: Only grades of C or higher may be included in the concentration.
An introductory sociology course is a pre-requisite for this concentration. Courses in social work are not acceptable.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a concentration in Sociology will be able to:
- use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data;
- identify key concepts of classical and contemporary sociological theory;
- evaluate societal institutions and social processes, e.g., stratification, racial and ethnic groups, gender, family, urban, work, health care, and education;
- relate sociological research to social policy formation;
- explain the relationship between personal experience and societal change within an historical/global context; and
- synthesize their learning of the concentration through a research paper, project, portfolio, or practicum.