Sociology is concerned with social relations: how people relate to each other as individuals, in families, or in groups; how they communicate in business and governmental situations; and how their behavior is judged as socially acceptable, deviant, illegal, or immoral. The Bachelor of Arts program in sociology trains students to observe and measure these interactions, predict outcomes, and determine how we can develop programs to change behavior for the good of individuals and society.
Sociology graduates typically find careers that involve dealing with people, often working for large businesses or organizations, or in community service, public relations, teaching, or research. Sociology majors are required to take five or more upper-level courses designed to develop their writing skills and thinking capacity.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major social institutions (family, education, moral order, political and economic orders)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the socialization process (social psychology)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the role individuals play within organizations such as work, community, political and urban areas and change within these organizations (social organizations)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical formulations that serve as the foundation of the major (classical and contemporary theory)
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic fundamentals of social statistics and methodology
- Demonstrate knowledge of elective courses in substantive areas, such as social inequality and criminal justice.
- Demonstrate competence in human relations skills, including working with others in groups, making decisions for organizations and supervising others
- Demonstrate competence in analytical skills, including the ability to evaluate solutions for urban social problems
- Demonstrate competence in communication skills, including writing formal reports and speaking in front of groups
- Demonstrate competence in ethical and moral awareness skills, including the honest portrayal of data
- Demonstrate critical understanding of a theoretical model
- Demonstrate critical evaluation and testing of a theoretical model
- Demonstrate development of social policy to provide solutions to a unique problem (e.g., poverty in urban cities
Sociology Honors Program
The department encourages qualified students to conduct independent research through the department's honors program. Students are eligible for the program if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in sociology. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation. Through SOC 4080, students must complete an honors project under the guidance of an honors advisor. Interested students should contact the departmental office for further information.
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