The Department of Sociology offers a 38-credit program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. A 15-credit minor in Sociology is also offered.

The Sociology Program meets the academic and pre-professional needs of sociologists and teachers. The course of study provides training in research methods, data analysis, and computer applications for careers in social research. The program also leads to careers in other fields, examples of which can be found in Professional Opportunities. There are approximately six hundred sociology majors. While half plan to teach, a growing number is preparing to go to graduate school or take immediate positions in government, industry or social service.

The Department Equips Students With:

  • an overview of the field of sociology and its everyday, community, and professional uses.
  • an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method.
  • the skills used for the collection and analysis of social data.
  • the skills to think analytically and critically about society as well as participate in the development of creative solutions to social problems.
  • a sociological understanding of how social structures impact individuals and are in turn shaped by individuals.
  • an appreciation of the diversity of societies and cultures around the world and in the United States.
  • training for careers and/or postgraduate educational opportunities in a wide variety of fields (sociology, social work, education, health, counseling, public service, law, business, public health) that require an understanding of the workings of society.