Sociology is the study of human behavior and group life. As a science, it examines how human experience is shaped by social forces. Sociologists use both quantitative and qualitative methods of social research in an effort to understand, generalize, and predict human behavior within society. Sociologists are also interested in developing and testing theories regarding how the social world is organized. Specifically, sociologists examine how social order is maintained, the origins of social conflict and social change, and the human assignment of meaning to objects, relationships, and events in everyday life. 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 agencies, personnel work in business, social planning in governmental agencies, and organizations in which survey research is conducted). Internships may be available with local agencies that allow selected students to apply theory to realistic situations.
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. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
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.