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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Our undergraduate curriculum provides students with meaningful sociological experience. The theory and methods courses are designed to build competence in core areas, while advanced classes help students develop expertise in major fields of contemporary sociology, including race and ethnic relations, work and leisure, aging studies, gender research, crime and juvenile delinquency, urban ethnography, sociology of medicine, health, and mental illness.

Curriculum

The foundation of our undergraduate program is built around five required sociology courses:

  • A 100-level Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems course
  • Two 400-level research methods and statistical analysis courses
  • Two 400-level social theory courses (classical and modern social theory)

In addition to fulfilling these core requirements, you are also expected:

  • To complete an additional 19 credits in sociology, chosen from the broad range of classes offered
  • To maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all sociology courses taken after completion of your first 12 credits in sociology

To broaden your sociology curriculum with an additional 24 credits in related areas and selected in consultation with your advisor, you have the option of taking an internship or an independent study, although you must have written consent of the instructor and have earned nine credits in sociology courses.  Some coursework requires you to complete library-based research projects and internet projects. In addition, a number of faculty now are providing students with course web sites designed as skill-driven pedagogical tools. We are committed to meeting community and regional needs, increasing diversity, and enhancing our national reputation. Sociology 101 and 102, introduction to sociology and social problems, can be used to satisfy the university's core requirement in the social sciences. Although these courses service both majors and non-majors, instructors offering this course maintain quality and rigor.

Learning Objectives

The sociology graduate will have knowledge of:

  1. Key concepts, debates, and trends in sociology —Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of sociology, key concepts, debates and trends and how these contribute to our understanding of social reality.
    1. Students can demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of basic concepts in sociology: culture, social change, socialization, stratification, social structure, institutions, and differentiations by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and class.
    2. Students can articulate an understanding of how culture and social structure operate
    3. Students can articulate the reciprocal relationships between individuals and society
    4. Students can articulate the macro/micro distinction
    5. Students can articulate the internal diversity of the United States and its place in the international context
  2. Major sociological paradigms and theories —Demonstrate the role of theory in sociology
    1. Define theory and describe its role in building sociological knowledge;
    2. Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations and paradigms;
    3. Demonstrate the historical/cultural context in which these theories were developed;
  3. Methods used in sociological research — Demonstrate understanding of the role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology:
    1. identify basic methodological approaches and describe the general role of methods in building sociological knowledge;
    2. compare and contrast the basic methodological approaches for gathering data;
    3. design a research study in an area of choice and explain why various decisions were made; and
    4. critically assess a published research report and explain how the study could have been improved

Sociology students will be able to:

  1. Show evidence of the development of a sociological imagination — Apply sociological knowledge, principles, concepts and the sociological imagination to their own projects, whether intellectual, personal and/or political.
  2. Exhibit confidence in expressing ideas orally and in writing —
    1. Students can demonstrate critical thinking
      1. Demonstrate skills in recall, analysis and application, and synthesis and evaluation.
      2. Identify underlying assumptions in theoretical orientations or arguments.
      3. Identify underlying assumptions in particular methodological approaches to an issue.
      4. Show how patterns of thought and knowledge are directly influenced by political and economic social structures.
      5. Present opposing viewpoints and alternative hypotheses. Engage in teamwork where many different points of view are presented
    2. Students will develop values:
      1. Articulate the utility of the sociological perspective as one of several perspectives on social reality;
      2. Explain the importance of reducing the negative effects of social inequality.