Sociology is the scientific study of human societies. At the macro-level, sociology studies societies as a whole and their social institutions such as the family, economy, religion, polity, and education. At the micro-level, sociology is concerned with everyday interactions within small social groups.
The purpose of the sociology curriculum is to:
- provide education in the theories, concepts, definitions and language of sociology;
- cultivate an understanding of the methods of research and interpretation of research findings;
- prepare students for graduate study in sociology;
- develop selected skills applicable to careers in the public or private sector.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding in the theories, concepts, definitions and language of sociology;
- Demonstrate the ability to apply professional standards of writing and research to sociological issues;
- Obtain advanced knowledge for use in the pursuit of graduate study in sociology;
- Complete a sociological research project and present it to a professional audience;
- Obtain advanced knowledge of research and writing skills applicable to careers in the public and private sector.
Areas covered in the curriculum include, but are not limited to, development of human societies, the nature of social interactions at the individual and group levels, structures and processes of social organizations, deviant behavior, and research methods and computer applications used in social analysis. Skills acquired from this curriculum are helpful for careers in human services, government, business, and or graduate studies.
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology requires a minimum of 37 semester hours in sociology. At least 24 of these hours must be at the upper-division (3300 or 4300) level. The College of Liberal Arts also requires students in sociology to take at least 6 hours of a second language. Sociology majors are encouraged to take MATH 1442 to satisfy the Mathematics Core Curriculum Program requirement. Students who do not take MATH 1442 requirement will be required to do so in order to fulfill the statistics requirement for majors. Students are also encouraged to select a minor or elective work in a related field that is pertinent to the student’s career goals.
To earn a degree with a major in sociology, a student must complete a minimum of 37 semester hours of sociology courses exclusively applied to the major and beyond the requirement of the Core Curriculum Program. Within the College of Liberal Arts, only 6 semester hours that count towards a major may be applied to a minor.