The Sociology major is an exciting discipline with expanding opportunities for a wide range of career paths. Sociology is a valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers in a wide variety of fields including social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, social work and market research. It provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, and politics.
Students may choose either a 45-credit major or a 60-credit major.
In order to graduate, a student who completes the 45-credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline.
(NOTE: Students admitted to the sociology major cannot also have a sociology minor; however, they may have a social services minor. Likewise, students admitted to the social services major cannot also have a social services minor, but they may have a sociology minor.)
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills:
- Identify underlying assumptions in theoretical models and arguments
- Distinguish between arguments based on empirical evidence and those based on opinion
- Recognize alternative viewpoints on social issues
- Communicate effectively:
- Express sociological ideas in a clear and coherent manner
- Make oral presentations focused on course content in group settings
- Read professional-level sociological reports with understanding
- Apply sociological perspective:
- Describe similarities and differences between sociology and other social sciences
- Explain contributions of sociology to understanding social reality
- Define and apply key concepts such as culture, status, roles, norms, socialization, deviance, conformity, self, social structure, social institution, social inequality, stratification, race, gender, social change, cultural diversity, etc.
- Demonstrate competence in sociological theory:
- Describe the role of theory in building sociological knowledge
- Compare and contrast major theoretical orientations
- Explain how theories reflect historical and cultural context of the times and cultures in which they were developed
- Recognize and use different methods of sociological inquiry and data analysis:
- Identify, compare, and contrast major sociological research and techniques for analyzing data
- Design and carry out a social research project
- Be aware of ethical issues in research
- Demonstrate basic computer skills necessary to find, create, apply, and communicate sociological information
- Show knowledge in substantive areas within sociology:
- Summarize existing knowledge, current questions, and important issues in one substantive area within sociology
- Suggest specific policy implications of research and theories in one area
- Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the sociology program with life goals and career interests:
- Participate in extra curriculum and service activities that elicit positive social change
- Apply sociological perspective in real world, professional experience