A major in sociology offers students a thorough foundation in sociological theory and research methods in the social sciences. There are multiple opportunities for research, service learning, and internships. Students may elect a general course of study in the field or more specialized training in criminology, health and aging, or social justice. The sociology program emphasizes public sociology, the application of sociological insights to a range of issues andendeavors. Students who earn a sociology degree may pursue advanced training in sociology, social work, criminal justice, business, education, law or other fields. Graduates with the Bachelor of Arts in sociology find employment in a variety of professions and occupations. Some of these include positions in human resources, social services, criminal justice, business and industry, research, planning, advocacy, education, and public service in governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
Students may elect to study a generalist course or more specialized training in criminology, health and aging, or social justice. To foster their personal and professional growth, students are offered extensive and varied opportunities for integrative experiential learning, including faculty/student collaborative research and community-based internships.
A minor in sociology is also offered.
The Student Experience
- Sociology is a broad-based field of study that prepares students for entry-level positions throughout the criminal justice, business, social service and government worlds or for further study in law, social work, counseling and other graduate programs.
- Students have the opportunity to participate in internships with various local agencies, including those dealing with spousal and child abuse, law enforcement, care of the elderly, community recreation programs, and alcohol and drug programs.
- Sociology majors can present their research and report on their internship experiences at local and regional meetings and conferences.
- Sociology majors may pursue a general course of study or opt for more concentrated study in one of three sociological tracks: criminology, health and aging, or social justice.
- The department offers a Gerontology Certification Program, an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in the study of aging
Beyond the Classroom
Students majoring in sociology are involved in many professions including: social work; human resources management; research; criminal justice; government agencies; and social gerontology.
Concentrations: Criminology Health and Aging Social Justice
SOC 102 Social Problems
SOC 330 and 331 Theory and Research Methods
SOC 309 Social Inequality
SOC 350, 353 and 450 Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology and Victimology
SOC 308 Community Development and Social Change
Robert Jenkot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology
Brittain Hall 230
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