The sociology major is designed to help students develop an understanding of
how individuals are influenced by the social contexts in which they live.
Courses provide students with training in the fundamental areas of sociological
theory and research, and simultaneously cultivate critical thinking and
communication skills. Our curriculum also has a strong focus on issues of social
inequality, thereby fostering an appreciation for human diversity, a sense of
global awareness, and a commitment to community service. This unique set of
skills and knowledge not only makes students an asset to employers in an
increasingly diverse society, but also provides students with the personal
insights that enrich their own lives. Graduates may pursue careers in fields as
varied as human services, business, education, and social research, or continue
their studies in graduate school.
- Students will be able to apply the sociological imagination to explain the
link between individual experience and larger social forces.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of major sociological theories
and an ability to apply them to practical examples.
- Students will be able to design and execute an original research project as
well as critically evaluate the research of others.
- Students will be able to think critically about social issues and policies.
- Students will be able to effectively communicate their ideas orally and in
- Students will recognize and appreciate the diversity and inequality of
American society as well as place of American society in the global community.
- Students will demonstrate and value responsible citizenship by providing
service and leadership in their communities.