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Sociology

The study of Sociology gives the student an understanding and appreciation of the nature of society, social institutions, and people as social beings and creators of culture. Through systematic investigation and analysis, students gain knowledge and insight into the complex systems of relations constituting the modern world. Thus, students will be better prepared to make intelligent judgments in their own lives and to contribute more effectively to shaping society and the world.

Sociology provides a background for pursuing further study in sociology, business, law, social work, social services, counseling, communications, and other related areas. Sociology also prepares students for employment in the public and private sectors in such areas as management, public relations, human resources, applied research, public policy, administration, and teaching.

Sociology students may elect the general sociology or social work emphasis. In addition, sociology majors may in consultation with their
advisors, concentrate their studies in a particular aspect or discipline. Current concentrations are in Law and Society, Global Studies, and Social Justice.

Major requirements: All majors are required to complete Sociology 101, 211, 212, 325, and 453. Students selecting the general sociology emphasis take an additional six sociology courses (excluding Sociology 357, 358, 454, and 455). Students selecting the social work emphasis, in addition to the above-mentioned requirements, and four additional courses in Sociology (excluding SO434 and 455), also take Sociology 255, 256, 357, and 358 or 359. Students with an interest in social work may select either the social work emphasis or the social work minor.

Course Sequence


Freshman Year
Humanities I Humanities II
Freshman English 103 Freshman English 104
Science Science
Language Language
Sociology 101 Sociology
Sophomore Year
Humanities III Humanities IV
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Language Language
Sociology/Sociology 255 Sociology/Sociology 256
Elective Elective
Junior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Sociology 211 Sociology 212
Sociology 325 Sociology
Elective/Sociology 357 Elective/Sociology 358
Elective Elective
Senior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Sociology 453/Sociology Sociology/Sociology 453
Sociology Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective