- Susan Eichenberger, Ph.D.
- James Paharik, Ph.D.
Through the study of sociology students learn to view societies as whole entities encompassing the entire range of social life, from families to community associations, nation states, and international organizations. In order to investigate this reality, students are trained to use theoretical tools and research techniques and learn to apply the results of their investigations in accordance with ethical principles and for the betterment of society.
Learning Objectives: Sociology
- Describe the distinctive sociological perspective on human behavior and apply it to the study of social life.
- Identify the historical and contemporary roles of racial, ethnic, class, and gender privilege in the United States and global social life and use this insight to contribute to the public good.
- Describe key features of leading classical and contemporary theories, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and apply these theories to the analysis of social life.
- Identify and apply the concepts, definitions, and methodology associated with sociological empirical research and use quantitative and qualitative research methods to study social life.
- Critically analyze contemporary issues and formulate, and advocate new solutions that are consistent with the goal of creating a more just and equitable world.
All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.
The capstone assessment includes a showcase portfolio which includes examples of academic work in the major as well as research on career opportunities in the field. The portfolio provides a means by which students demonstrate competency in the major. Portfolios are also expected to reflect attainment of University learning objectives.
A minimum of 120 credits is required.