The Sociology major offers students a rigorous program of study to examine social phenomena, develop theoretical and methodological proficiencies, and apply a critical understanding of complex social issues and processes. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid sociological foundation to analyze social structures and contribute to transforming and diversifying our social world.
There are two concentrations in the Sociology undergraduate program: 1) General Sociology and 2) Social Services and Community Research (SSCR). The SSCR concentration is designed to further develop students' understanding of community dynamics and strengths and promote civic engagement through the application of analytical skills to collaborate with community organizations on projects to benefit and empower the community. The Sociology program also prepares students to pursue graduate degrees in sociology, social work, counseling, and other social sciences fields. Additionally, many of our Sociology graduates pursue careers in helping professions, education, criminal justice, law, health care, etc.
As an adjunct to the curriculum, there are two student organizations for sociology majors. The Sociology Club has a varied program of social, community service and academically oriented activities. In addition to general sociology majors, students in human services and students in social services actively participate in the club. A chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society, is open to junior sociology majors with a 3.5 grade point average and to seniors and graduate students with a 3.0 grade point average.
Our program learning outcomes are:
1. Students will develop a sociological perspective and apply a range of sociological concepts and theories to understand how society works.
2. Students will learn about research methods used in sociology, analyze data, interpret and report findings in order to understand the role of empirical research in building sociological knowledge.
3. Students will develop their competency in critically identifying and evaluating various sources of information and effectively communicating sociological knowledge in writing and through oral presentation.
4. Students will understand how social categories are constructed and maintained and how they are used in shaping both inequality and identity.
5. Students will understand the multitude of social processes that connect individuals with larger social structures and how these can produce both stability and change in society.
6. Students will learn how sociology can help them contribute to their communities and society and prepare them for future careers or graduate studies.