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BA in Sociology


American society is in the midst of rapid social change, which affects all of our social institutions. Families, schools, the economy, political-legal and health care systems are all experiencing stress.

Students in this major study and analyze this change and explore potential solutions to such societal problems. Issues such as globalization and race, gender and class inequality are the focus of course work and fieldwork experience.

Each student is required to complete a semester-long internship in the community in such settings as schools, government and social service agencies, treatment centers and non-profits.

Students are prepared to continue their education or assume careers in areas such as teaching, social work, public administration, health care, law and criminal justice.

Curriculum + Requirements

The program in sociology provides the student with a broad grounding in the theories and research that describe and analyze the problems of individuals, families and communities in modern America—as well as explore potential solutions. Students take a broad range of sociology courses designed to acquaint them with the breadth of the discipline and help them become more effective members of the community. The degree enables students to pursue a career in the social services or continue their education in fields such as social work, teaching and public administration.

Concentrated study in sociology prepares the student for informed, active citizen participation in community and national affairs and for careers and/or graduate education in social service, business or teaching.

Major Requirements (37 credits)

1. Introductory Sociology (SO 101), Orientation to Sociology (SO 205) and at least two of the following:

SO 201 Social Theory (3 credits)
SO 225 Social Problems (3 credits)
SO 304 Sociology of Gender (3 credits)
SO 241 Race & Ethnicity (3 credits)

2. Internship (SO 292)

3. Five electives in sociology, at least two of which must be at the 300-level.

4. Social Stratification (SO 244), Evaluation Research (SO 381), Social Policy (SO 385).

Minor in Sociology

For the minor in sociology, students are welcome to work with the department chair to select 18 credits of course work that align with the student's interests in the field. A student majoring in criminal justice, gerontology or social services cannot minor in sociology.