Sociology is the scientific study of society and its institutions, organizations, and groups. By observing the broad range of activities in society, and exploring topics such as social class, race, gender, deviance, family, religion, the workplace, and demographic trends, sociologists provide important information and perspectives on our social order and the causes and impacts of social change. Sociology provides important information useful both to personal life and public policy decisions. Sociology is among the broadest of the social sciences and is characterized by considerable pluralism in theoretical and methodological approaches, substantive specializations, and in units of analysis.
Students major in Sociology for a variety of reasons. Some emphasize sociology's relevance to understanding a broad range of social issues that interest them out of intellectual curiosity, personal life relevance, or usefulness for ameliorative social change efforts. Other majors emphasize acquisition of sociological knowledge and skills useful in a variety of career paths where understanding societal problems and trends, group dynamics, and personnel issues are critical. For a small core of majors the purpose of the undergraduate program is preparation and training for admissions to graduate programs and eventual careers as sociologists in teaching and research and/or policy development. Majors may also use sociology as a basis for graduate study in related fields, including law, social work, public policy, and human resource management.
Courses offered by this department may be found under the acronym: SOCY.
The overall goals of the program are:
- To provide meaningful and challenging courses within the University general education program
- To provide meaningful and challenging courses as electives for non-majors
- To provide a coherent program of courses for Sociology majors which enables majors to attain:
- general sociological knowledge and understanding of our society
- sociological knowledge and skills relevant to a variety of career paths
- sociological knowledge and skills relevant to application and success within competitive sociology graduate programs
- to provide a Sociology Honors component for selected students who have the capability and motivation to work at the most challenging level
Program Learning Outcomes
Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
- To be able to think critically and assess information about society using sociological concepts and a social science mode of argument.
- To be confident in one's understanding of key questions addressed by the discipline and the ways in which social structure and social interaction shape human behavior.
- To feel competent to use research tools to conduct and assess research.
- To understand the role of theory in the construction of sociological inquiry; for majors this entails knowing the central ideas of major classical and contemporary theorists.
- To understand and be able to apply statistical concepts.
- To understand the social science model of evidence and argument; for majors this entails familiarity with basic social science statistical techniques, basic methods of data analysis, basic methods of organizing and presenting information, and the ability to carry out a small research project.
As part of the 120 credits and other requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree, sociology majors must complete a minimum of 32 credits in Sociology and 3 credits in MATH107/MATH111/MATH120/MATH140, or STAT100 All these credits must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-" or better in each course, and students must earn at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for all courses in the major. The 35 credits in Sociology must include the following:
|Foundation Course Requirement|
|MATH107||Introduction to Math Modeling and Probability||3|
|SOCY110||The Logic of Social Inquiry: An Introduction to Sociology and the Major||3|
|SOCY201||Introductory Statistics for Sociology||4|
|SOCY202||Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology||4|
|SOCY230||Sociological Social Psychology||3|
|SOCY441||Social Stratification and Inequality||3|
|Substantive Course Requirement:|
|Select two 400 level SOCY courses||6|
|Select two 400 level SOCY Research Courses 1||6|
A list of methods or research courses selected from a list maintained by the Sociology Undergraduate Advising Office
Students should note the following in reference to Sociology requirements:
- SOCY201 has a prerequisite of MATH107 or higher with a minimum grade of "C-";
- Some of the courses necessary to fulfill substantive requirements, and/or the methods/research course requirement may have prerequisites such as SOCY201, SOCY202, and SOCY203;
- Special topics courses may be repeatable for credit if its content differs from when previously taken;
- SOCY498 courses may be used to fulfill substantive course requirements; the Sociology Undergraduate Office maintains current lists of special topics courses (SOCY498); and
- Each course counted as meeting sociology requirements must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.
Other Requirements for the Major
Students must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in MATH107 and all major requirements. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy major requirements.