Sociology is the study of human behavior and group life. As a science, it examines how human experience is shaped by broader social forces, including cultural norms, social inequalities, and the structure of society as a whole. Sociologists develop and employ a wide array of theoretical perspectives and research methods in an effort to understand, generalize, and predict social behavior and experience. Specifically, sociologists examine how social order is maintained, the origins of social conflict and social change, and the cultural assignment of meaning to objects, relationships, and events in everyday life.
The Sociology Program offers a wide range of courses exploring the history of the discipline, classical and contemporary sociological theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the complex interconnections between and among social inequalities of class, race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Our diverse array of applied course offerings aim to provide real-world, experiential learning opportunities; enhance students’ skills, abilities, and commitment to solving community problems; and offer opportunities to work collaboratively with local organizations to meet pressing community needs. Our program’s focus on community-engaged social change aims to foster a passion for meaningful community involvement among our students.
A major in Sociology is designed to provide preparation for pursuing graduate study and/or entry into vocations where sociological training is desirable (e.g., social and government agencies, personnel work in business, community planning, and organizations in which survey research is conducted). Internships may be available with local agencies that allow selected students to apply sociological theory and research in professional community contexts.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Sociology must complete a minimum of 122 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103 will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105 for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.
In addition, students majoring in Sociology must maintain a 2.0 average in all major requirements, and will be required to complete a standardized outcomes assessment test.