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Sociology


 

Description of the Major:

Sociology involves the study of human social behavior - specifically organizations, institutions, stratification, and social change in human societies.  Sociology also involves the analysis of society as a whole and applies theoretical and practical solutions to modern social problems.  Sociologists may study poverty, crime, family relations, aging, medical and mental health issues, demography, environmental sociology, and other societal systems and problems.

The Student Experience:

  • Sociology is a broad-based field that prepares students for entry-level positions throughout the criminal justice, business, social service and government worlds or for further study in law, social work, counseling and other graduate programs.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in internships with various local agencies including those dealing with spousal and child abuse, law enforcement, care of the elderly, community recreaton programs, and alcohol and drug programs.
  • Sociology majors can present their research and report on their internship experiences at local and regional meetings and conferences.
  • Sociology majors may pursue a general course of study or opt for more concentrated study in one of three sociology tracks:  criminology, health and aging, or social justice.
  • The department offers a Gerontology Certification Program, an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in the study of aging.

 

Beyond the Classroom:

  • Social Work
  • Human resources management
  • Researcher
  • Criminal justice
  • Government agencies
  • Social gerontology

 

Areas of Study:

SOC 102 Social Problems
SOC 330 and 331 Theory and Research Methods
SOC 309 Social Inequality
SOC 350, 353 and 450 Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology and Victimology
SOC 308 Community Development and Social Change

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