This major in the Sociology/Anthropology Department provides students with a broad degree of flexibility in choosing a career after graduation, the opportunity to explore careers in the human services, public administration and management, and a general background for graduate work in the social sciences, public policy, law and social work. In a rapidly changing world, students who major in sociology obtain a solid liberal arts education that fosters versatility in the world of work and good citizenship.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Understand and apply the basic sociological concepts. These include the sociological imagination, social structure, institutions, social stratification, culture, and power.
- Understand the role of social structure, culture, and social processes in the causation and amelioration of social problems.
- Develop a thorough knowledge of the major sociological theories and theorists. Important theoretical perspectives include functionalism, the conflict perspective, and symbolic interactionism. Important social theorists include C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and George Herbert Mead.
- Collect information necessary to address a research topic or hypothesis through library research, analysis of electronic data sources, and both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques.
- Conduct basic quantitative data analysis employing computers.
- Communicate their ideas and the ideas of others clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Social work
- Health care
- Government agencies
- Human services
- International relations
- Public service