The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program engages students in the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students will investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to global warfare; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of social class, race, and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of beauty. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.
Sociology majors develop analytical skills and the ability to understand issues within many distinctive perspectives. Sociology offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate growth or downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, health/HIV AIDS, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace, war, and terrorism. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.
The program’s stimulating curriculum in social theory, research methods, and key sociological concepts provides a solid base for students to learn to think abstractly, formulate problems, ask appropriate questions, search for answers, analyze situations and data, organize material, write well, and make oral presentations. Sociological training helps students bring breadth and depth of understanding to the global workplace and graduates frequently enter a variety of jobs in business, the health professions, criminal justice, social services, and government. Sociology provides training for professions such as law enforcement, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Furthermore, sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics and policy analysis, public relations, business, or public administration, and program evaluation—fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups.