Sociology is a field committed to understanding human social life. It prepares students to become thoughtful and engaged citizens in our ever-changing world. The study of Sociology develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of human experience as well as promoting social justice.
Careers in Sociology
There are opportunities for sociologists who can use their basic sociological training (B.A. in Sociology) to work in government settings. Many sociologists work in federal, state and local agencies conducting resarch, 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 and criminal justice. 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.
The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology concentration is a group major. It requires 36 total hours. Eighteen credit hours are in Sociology. The remaining 18 credit hours from the other four areas of Social Science: History, Economics, Political Science, and Psychology. This program is particularly appropriate if you come to Marygrove with courses you have already taken in the Social Sciences and wish to combine them with a minor that offers you a practical program geared toward employment
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.