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Sociology

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Mission

The sociology major is designed to help students develop an understanding of how individuals are influenced by the social contexts in which they live. Courses provide students with training in the fundamental areas of sociological theory and research, and simultaneously cultivate critical thinking and communication skills. Our curriculum also has a strong focus on issues of social inequality, thereby fostering an appreciation for human diversity, a sense of global awareness, and a commitment to community service. This unique set of skills and knowledge not only makes students an asset to employers in an increasingly diverse society, but also provides students with the personal insights that enrich their own lives. Graduates may pursue careers in fields as varied as human services, business, education, and social research, or continue their studies in graduate school.

Goals

  • Students will be able to apply the sociological imagination to explain the link between individual experience and larger social forces.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of major sociological theories and an ability to apply them to practical examples.
  • Students will be able to design and execute an original research project as well as critically evaluate the research of others.
  • Students will be able to think critically about social issues and policies.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate their ideas orally and in writing.
  • Students will recognize and appreciate the diversity and inequality of American society as well as place of American society in the global community.
  • Students will demonstrate and value responsible citizenship by providing service and leadership in their communities.