Sociology

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Are you interested in people? Are you fascinated by such topics as criminology, race relations, the family, or social justice? These subjects and others that deal with social relationships and the nature of society comprise the discipline of sociology.

Sociology is the study of social groups. It is concerned with the way groups are organized, how they function, how they change and the way in which they influence human behavior. Groups may vary in size and complexity from two people to entire societies. Sociology is a broad and eclectic field, and sociologists use many different approaches, ranging from quantitative methods to humanistic analysis.

What can you do with a degree in sociology? Opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors in the fields of criminal justice, demography, human service, business, education, social science research and community relations. For more detailed information about career opportunities visit the American Sociological Association.

The curriculum for the sociology major is designed to give students maximum exposure to the breadth of the field. If desired, five specially designed concentrations – General Sociology, Social and Health Advocacy, Crime and Society, Sociology of Globalization and Sociology of Education – allow students to focus on a particular area of interest.

The department offers a minor in Sociology, and interested students may also pursue a double major in Sociology/Physical Therapy or Sociology/Occupational Therapy.

Students majoring in Sociology must complete 34 credit hours of sociology coursework, including a minimum 150-hour field placement. Courses should be taken sequentially, beginning with SOC101 Introduction to Sociology. Sociology majors also participate in departmental conferences where they learn to present their research. Upon completion of specific program and College requirements, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology is awarded.