Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, communities, and societies, and how people interact in these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the family to education; from crime to religion; from the divisions of race, social class, and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from environment and sustainability to   the sociology of sports. Few fields have such a broad scope and relevance for research, theory, service, and the application of knowledge. The Sociology Department emphasizes engaged pedagogy, critical thinking, theoretical and methodological understanding, service learning, and the application of theory to practice. Sociology majors have the opportunity to be involved in research, sustainable community development, and law enforcement, as well as local community service projects. Since many sociology majors continue their education in graduate school, the department seeks to prepare them    for success at the graduate level. Others often utilize their sociology degree for work in community development, human and community services, the business world, and a wide variety of careers that involve problem- solving and gathering, organizing, and analyzing information (i.e., data). The department sponsors the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honors Society.

The Department of Sociology requires majors to:

  • Describe and analyze the relationship between the individual and the social world;
  • Define and apply key sociological concepts, theories, and research methods;
  • Locate the causes and consequences of social inequality in an increasingly diverse society;
  • Engage in community-based research; and
  • Explain and apply sociological theories and methods to affect change and create a sustainable society.

For more information about the Sociology major leading to a teaching certification, please contact the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Program Type

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Contact

Assistant Professor John Johnson

Program Options

Core Courses

(15 hours required)

Elective Courses

(18 hours required)

  • Select eighteen additional hours in SOC courses.

Core Courses

(27 hours required)

Elective Courses

(9 hours required)

  • Select nine additional hours in SOC courses.

Core Courses

(18 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(18 hours required; select six courses)

Core Courses

(3 hours required)

Elective Courses

(15 hours required)

  • Select fifteen additional hours in SOC courses.


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