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Students completing the Bachelor of Arts major in Sociology will have an understanding 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.Request Information About Our Sociology Degree
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Our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program requires a minimum of 39 credits, including 6 elective in a specific area of study (18 credits) and the Capstone course (3 credits).
SOC 101: Sociology
This course will focus on the basic concepts in Sociology and an analysis of culture, socialization, stratification, social organization, class, social interaction, social change, and conflict.
3 credits SOC 315: Sociology of Diversity
This course will focus on an examination of social diversity within the American society. The course will describe essential issues and the social significance of cultural minorities with special emphasis on the experiences of African Americans, as well as Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, and Euro-American ethnic groups. The student will explore the interrelationships of values, socioeconomic status, social mobility, racism, assimilation, and segregation. This course is also designed to sensitize the student to the roles that race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual orientation play in societal definitions of social diversity.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102
3 credits SOC 450: Social Theory
This course will focus on the most recognized and significant thinkers in the development of Sociology as a discipline during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This includes the classic works of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Georg Simmel, along with more contemporary schools of thought such as Critical Theory, Interactionism, and Postmodernism.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102
Recommended Prerequisite: SOC 101
3 credits PSY 101: Psychology
This course will focus on an introduction to psychology across a variety of sub-disciplines, including clinical, neuropsychological, developmental, cognitive, biological, and experimental. The course will focus on how psychology began with a philosophical perspective and how it has developed into a multidisciplinary science.
This course will focus on the application of mathematics to today’s world. Topics include street networks, producing and describing data, number and bar codes, weighted voting and apportionment, social choices and linear programming applications.
Recommended Prerequisite(s): High school Algebra (2 years) or MAT 100 (may be taken concurrently)
This course will focus on an overview of the general concepts associated with descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology. There will be an examination of the purpose behind the use of statistics in psychology and an investigation of the process undertaken to derive these statistics. Students will apply these principles by conducting a variety of statistical analyses.
Prerequisites: ENG 101, and PSY 101 or SOC 101
3 credits PSY 410: Research Methods for Behavioral Science
This course will be an examination of the fundamental principles of behavioral science research. There will be an overview of the conceptual need for research and an analysis of the methods or designs commonly employed and the procedures utilized to collect and analyze data. Students will review and design research in their areas of interest.
3 credits Electives 18 credits SOC 495: Sociology Major Capstone 3 credits
Students enrolled in the Sociology major will earn 18 credits of electives in one of these six areas:
- Social Stratification
- Social Organizations
- Social Psychology
- Urban/Rural Sociology
- Sociology of the Family
- Social Change
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a major 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