The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Sociology prepares students to understand and deal with diversity, modernization, and social change ranging from the local to global scale. The core competencies of the program prepare students to enter careers requiring technological facility, communication skills, data gathering and analysis skills, community awareness and involvement, problem-solving, critical thinking, an understanding of the structure and functioning of groups and organizations, greater awareness of their environment, critical self-reflection, and interpersonal and intercultural skills. Besides career preparation, specific concentrations in the major also provide background for graduate study in sociology and other related disciplines.
Students who graduate with a degree in Sociology would be prepared to work as demographers and data analysts, public survey workers, social research assistants, affirmative action officers, employee specialists, cultural diversity trainers, social services specialists, policy analysts, criminologists in law enforcement and corrections, and numerous other occupations.
The program of study offers students both intellectual growth and marketable technical skills. A degree in Sociology is good preparation for graduate study in various disciplines, including Sociology, Public Health, Law, Business, Social Work, and Psychology. Included in the curriculum are concentrations in:
- Culture and Social Change: Students will acquire a global perspective and the conceptual tools necessary to work in a variety of professional settings and academic positions
- Criminology: Students will learn about the causes of crime, how to measure the extent of crime, and how to critically examine the approaches used to prevent, sanction, and change criminal behavior.
- Medical Sociology: Students will develop a critical understanding of the health care delivery system and its various stakeholders, including patients, organizations, and providers. Other areas with the medical sociology concentration include aging, mental health, human sexuality, biotechnology and ethical issues, and substance abuse.
- General Sociology: Students will be able to choose among all Sociology courses to customize a course of study that is specific to their interests and career goals.