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Sociology Overview

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Sociology is a broad discipline making it an excellent major for anyone interested in society and social relationships. It is relevant wherever human relations are at work. Few majors plan to become professional sociologists but use the major as an undergraduate prerequisite to enter professional schools or to prepare for entering the world of employment. In order to successfully complete a B.A. in sociology students must meet writing intensive and senior seminar requirements.

Sociologists with an undergraduate degree in sociology (B.A.) work in a variety of settings such as government, corporate, law, social service, health care, banking, consulting. Many sociologists work in federal, state and local agencies conducting research, managing programs, and problem solving. Sociologists also work in a variety of industries such as human resources and management, marketing, advertising, telecommunications and insurance. Those with advanced sociology degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) can work for corporations and agencies as organizational consultants and researchers that focus on program development, analysis and evaluation, corporate planning and restructuring. There are also opportunities for an academic career that would lead to teaching and research in colleges, universities, federal, and state agencies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology requires 30 total hours in sociology. It provides a broad perspective for students interested in careers in the social services, liberal arts, criminal justice, forensic science, the law, journalism and gerontology. Whatever your special interests, you will be able to take courses that will prepare you to address social issues within society or in your immediate career.

A minor in Sociology complements many majors including but not limited to Social Work, Psychology, or Education. If you plan to attend graduate school in any of the Social Sciences, a minor in Sociology provides you with a helpful background. The minor consists of 20 hours of coursework in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

A minor in Criminal Justice is helpful if you wish to work in the criminal justice system, apply for entrance into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or if you want to combine it with your major area (such as Psychology or Social Work) to improve your employment options. The minor requires 24 credits including the five core correctional courses and electives in the Social Sciences.