What will I study?
In general, students study the social nature of humans and the structure of our social world. We encourage students to be mindful of social problems such as class inequality, ethnic conflict, family breakdown, and alienation and to think in terms of solutions. Students learn social theory to better comprehend social issues and research methodologies to investigate them, as well as, to conduct program assessments. Our graduates find this training in applied sociology to be indispensable as they promote education reform, reduce discrimination in the workplace, counsel young adults, etc.
Interesting classes you might take:
- Changing Families
- Deviance and Social Control
- Poverty and Inequality in the United States
- Youth and Contemporary Society
- Technology, Culture and Society
- Sociology of Gender
Will I have research/internship opportunities?
With the applied sociology emphasis, we provide research opportunities throughout the course of study. This begins in the introductory course with manageable research projects such as a content analysis study of music videos identifying gender-biased imagery. It culminates with the senior thesis project which consists of conducting original empirical research on a sociological thesis of the students own choosing, writing a formal paper reporting the results of that research and the implications thereof for a particular sociological theory, and presenting and defending that work, in a face-to-face forum of sociology faculty, students, and guests. Our students have presented their senior thesis projects at professional conferences. All students complete an internship and have been placed at public relations and advertising firms, school systems, medical and rehabilitation centers, probation offices, environmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and United Way.
What are my career options with a Sociology degree?
The Sociology major provides an excellent foundation for careers in professional sociology and social research, teaching, counseling, community service, human resources, journalism, public relations, government service, law, NGOs and other non-profit organizations.