The Anthropology and Sociology Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Anthropology and Sociology.
Sociology is the study of society. It is a discipline that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to understand human social activity in many different contexts. In the Sociology major, students learn that sociologists study human behavior ranging from the micro-level of individuals involved in social interaction to the macro-level of complex groups and organizations that influence the individual. Some sociologists focus on the study of common, routine, and norms that guide human behavior in everyday life. Sociologists do research on human social activity in small-scale pre-industrial societies as well as large scale industrial and post-industrial societies.
Sociology is a very broad discipline. It includes the study of social stratification and class inequalities, social mobility, race and ethnic relations, gender roles, and institutions such as the family, politics, religion, health care, and rural and urban social life, social deviance, social movements, and globalization. Sociological research methods draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques in order to study social activity as it relates to these different contexts.
A degree in sociology is an excellent springboard for entering the world of social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, rehabilitation, social work, and market research. Sociology also provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and politics.
Sociology majors find jobs in many different types of social service agencies. Sociology majors work for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and correctional institutions. They also find jobs in business and industry in market research, public relations, customer service, management, advertising, human resources, and sales.
Although few occupations include “sociologist” in their title at the bachelor's level, the sociological perspective and methodologies provide valuable preparation for many careers in private firms, government and non-governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For example, students who concentrate on coursework in areas such as social inequalities, human rights, race and ethnic relations, gender issues, social problems, development or social movements are prepared for work in government agencies and non-governmental organizations that promote human welfare. Students interested in business careers with private or nonprofit firms can emphasize courses in law, occupations and professions, corporate sociology, or the sociology of work. Students preparing to work overseas in voluntary or development agencies can benefit from area studies, courses in global interdependence and human rights. Sociology also prepares students planning to enter professional schools in sociology, education, social work, public health, law, medicine, business administration, urban/rural community development, public policy, and theology.
A strong undergraduate major in sociology provides a competitive advantage in the search for employment. Sociology majors become prepared for work in non-academic settings including management of human resources, marketing, program evaluation, public policy, and a variety of other positions that require an understanding of human culture and behavior. Careers in Sociology are also available in academic settings — teaching high school, community/junior college, technical college, four-year college/university, and graduate levels.
The Department of Sociology offers one degree:
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The department also offers a Minor in Sociology.
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