Students majoring in sociology learn concepts, methods, theories and perspectives important to the study of social relationships, social structures, social institutions, and society. This field study allows students to gain practical as well as theoretical insight into human interaction. Students majoring in sociology are concerned with the study of social life and the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology includes study of each aspect of the self in relationships with others and each aspect of the social world that affects a person’s thoughts, actions and deeds.

Students majoring in sociology learn of the dynamics of group behavior, the power and potential of community groups, and the implication of marriage and the family. These students must also become familiar with the literature of social problems such as crime, violence, deviance, racism, and sexism. Students graduating with a degree in sociology often find employment in social service agencies, law enforcement agencies, treatment centers, and rehabilitation facilities. Sociology majors are encouraged to consider further study at the graduate level.

The Program goals are to ensure that students:

  1. Understand the dominant theories and concepts in the field of Sociology
  2. Develop the ability to analyze critically the characteristics and interactions of various social groups comprising the metrics of society
  3. Develop an awareness of the subject matter and various analytical perspectives operant in the field
  4. Develop proficient oral and written communication skills for effective dissemination of sociological knowledge and information

Program Student Learning Outcomes – upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify the theoretical and conceptual frameworks extant in Sociology and allied disciplines
  2. Analyze critically the identities, roles and functions, and behavioral characteristics of social groups and the typifying interactions
  3. Articulate orally and in writing an awareness of the conflux of sociological perspectives, phenomena, debates, and controversies that occupy contemporary sociological discourse
  4. Conduct and analyze sociological research and be able to disseminate findings in accordance with scientific standards
  5. Apply up-to-date technologies in gathering, analyzing and disseminating relevant sociological information and knowledge
  6. Discuss and analyze the interactions of cultures in the global system.

Graduation Requirements:

This degree program requires at least 122 semester hours for completion.

Academic Degree Plans for: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (PDF)

Coordinator: Dr. Max Orezzoli