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Sociology

The Sociology Program

We currently have an estimated 180 majors and 280 minors.

Courses focus on the basic institutions of society, such as family, education, religion, the economy, and government, as well as dimensions of social inequality, such as class, gender, and race. We offer both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degree program. Both programs are intended to provide students with a broad liberal arts education and a focus on research methodology, analytical techniques, and areas of substantive interest within the discipline.

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the sociology major, a student should:

  • Be familiar with the history, breadth, and distinctiveness of sociology as a discipline.
  • Appreciate how key sociological questions (e.g., about the centrality of institutions, the forces driving stability and change, the tension between individual choice and structural constraint) advance knowledge of social reality.
  • Understand basic concepts, theories, and findings and be able to compare, critique, and apply them.
  • Possess the methodological skills (in data collection, measurement, statistical analysis, and computing) needed to conduct a competent, ethically responsible piece of research.
  • Be able to communicate the results of sociological scholarship in written and oral form.
  • Be able to interpret and evaluate sociological scholarship produced by others.
  • Recognize the range of career options and the opportunities to “make a difference” (through active citizenship, policy involvement, and the like) that are available to someone with a background in sociology.

 

Degree Requirements:

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