Sociology is the study of social relations in groups, institutions and organizations,
communities, and entire societies. Why do people in groups interact with each other
as they do? How do changes in health care services, and the health care industry,
affect people's quality of life? How do communities organize to fight poverty and
crime? What are the most important social changes in the U.S. and abroad over the
last fifty years? How do changes in immigration patterns affect understandings about race and ethnicity?
What is the significance of race in the twenty-first century? Why are there more wars in some world regions than in others? All of these questions,
and many more, interest sociologists, who use various theories and research techniques
to study the social problems that affect all of us.
If you are interested in the study of society, then sociology may well be the major
for you. After graduation, sociology majors find employment as teachers, social-service
workers, business people, health-care professionals, and in many other fields. Sociology
is also an excellent major if you are planning to enter law school or another professional
field, including medicine. Of course, some sociology majors enter MA or PhD programs
in sociology because they want to become professors, professional researchers, or
even market analysts. In short, sociology prepares people for a broad range of careers
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The Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the University Honors Program, offers additional opportunities for undergraduates through course work, special
topics, freshman forums, individualized research, and honors thesis.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in Sociology, you must complete
the University's general education curriculum as well as the requirements of the sociology
major. The entire major requires 30 hours - 15 are core courses (listed below) and
15 are upper division electives that focus on issues that interest the student. One
of our primary goals is to provide our majors with a comprehensive liberal arts education
centered on sociology as an approach to life.
- SOCI 1010 - Introduction to Sociology
- SOCI 3311 - Social Statistics
- SOCI 3322 - Methods of Social Research
- SOCI 4210 - Rise of Sociological Theory OR SOCI 4211 - Contemporary Social Theory
- SOCI 4999 - Senior Thesis
For course descriptions, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin.
For additional information regarding undergraduate studies in Sociology, please contact:
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