What difference does it make if we join a gang, have a baby, or go to college? What difference does it make to have money? What do changes in the family mean for future generations? What do social policies, such as AlDS legislation, or social campaigns, such as anti-choice or anti-drug activities, mean to society? How do military and governmental activities or changes in technology affect people’s everyday lives? What is the social significance of cultural diversity, race, social class, and gender? What can we do in our everyday lives to effect positive changes in our families, communities, and society?
Sociologists try to answer questions like these in order to understand what society is and how it affects individuals. One of the main insights of sociology is the understanding that groups and group life influence every aspect of our lives. Sociology is the systematic study of human societies, their patterns and arrangements, and their processes of development and change. Our faculty has a strong commitment to critical analyses of social structure and social arrangements, emphasizing analyses of race, class, gender inequality and social change.
The Sociology major sharpens students’ sociological imaginations through close study of social structures and processes in which our personal biographies are embedded. As a Sociology major, you will have the opportunity to analyze society with an intersectional lens that challenges the status quo.
The fundamental mission of the Department is to develop students’ critical understandings of social life through the shared power of knowledge and resourceful action. Our faculty is committed to working with students to understand how classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of inequalities intersect and operate, and how individuals, groups, and organizations challenge these inequalities against all odds. Our primary aim is thus to equip students with a lifelong love of learning; broad, diverse, and critical perspectives of the social world; and relevant and important life skills that are consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education. By deepening students’ critical understandings of the structures and patterns upon which everyday life rests, the Department fosters the students’ “sociological imaginations” through empowerment, social engagement, and commitment to social justice.
|Required Core Courses|
|SOC-100 Introduction To Sociology||3|
|SOC-105 Social Inequalities And Social Change||3|
|SOC-335 Sociological Theory||3|
|SOC-337 Sociological Research Methods||3|
|SOC-339 Introduction To Social Statistics||3|
|SOC-342 Sociology Internship Seminar 1 or SOC-351 Senior Seminar In Sociology||3|
|SOC-346A Writing Intensive Program: Critical Writing For Sociology||3|
|Electives in Sociology 2||18|
1. SOC-342 is Spring Semester and can be taken with SOC-345 for a total of 6 credits; SOC-351 is Fall Semester.
2. Students should consult with their advisor to select electives that will best suit their academic and career goals. Students may substitute 1 cognate course outside of Sociology for an elective course with the approval of the Department Chair.
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