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Sociology Bachelor's Degree Program

Prepare for a career in social work, counseling, and other work in support of relationships, families, and communities.

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.

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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.

3 credits

MAT 105: Statistics

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)

OR

PSY 216: Statistics for Behavioral Science

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

3 credits
Electives18 credits
SOC 495: Sociology Major Capstone3 credits

See the full requirements for our Sociology major in our Official Catalog.

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