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Applied Behavioral Science - Sociology Focus

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In this concentration, students may choose their area of focus from among three disciplines: psychology, sociology or political science. 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.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing.  It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

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Concentration Requirements

Methodology of social research3 credits
Sociological theory - upper level3 credits
Sociology*15 credits
Single coherent Human Services area, e.g., counseling, social work or rehabilitation services12 credits
Capstone - HSE 499 (culminating course in concentration)3 credits

* Courses in social work are not acceptable for the sociology requirements.

Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration. Three of the credits in sociology or in the applied area should focus on the dynamics of intervention with an individual, groups, the community, the family or an organization.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Science (Human Services) will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the different fields of psychology, sociology or political science and have an understanding of the sub-specialties of the respective discipline;
  2. understand and use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in psychology, sociology or political science;
  3. write about topics in psychology, sociology or political science with clarity and organization; and
  4. demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of intervention strategies (e.g., in counseling, social work, rehabilitation services or criminal justice settings) in the chosen discipline with individuals, groups, the community, the family or an organization.