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Sociology Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology provides students with a broad exposure to the theories, methods, and substantive areas of the discipline. The program provides training in social theory, research skills, and specialized coursework that prepares students for a variety of careers in human and social services. The B.A. serves as a foundation for graduate work in sociology as well as in other professional fields such as social work, public administration, law, and business.

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The Bachelor of Science in Sociology provides students with a broad exposure to the theories, methods, and substantive areas of the discipline. The program provides training in social theory, research skills, and specialized coursework that prepares students for a variety of careers within human and social services but especially provides options for applied and interdisciplinary work as preparation for careers in social and human services. The B.S. also serves as a foundation for graduate work in sociology as well as in other professional fields such as social work, public administration, law, and business.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

The traditional sociology track is for students interested in maintaining greater flexibility in your course scheduling, maximizing the sociological focus of your studies, developing a strong foundation in research methods, and pursuing graduate work in sociology. The traditional sociology track is centered on understanding and explaining problems defined by classical traditions of sociology. Courses are primarily chosen from sociology offerings and provide the basis for a true liberal arts education.

The applied sociology and human services track is for the student interested in human and social service careers, or research-related careers in healthcare, criminal justice, substance abuse, public affairs and urban planning, business, law, or education. Students will gain experience in developing skills for research-related careers in those areas or pursuing further graduate education.

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page.

Concentrations

Besides the fact that sociology helps you become more informed about the social world and helps you positively impact your everyday life, it is also academically and professionally beneficial because it demonstrates to potential employers and university admissions officers that you have spent time and effort to acquire some depth in a discipline, in addition to meeting the normal degree requirements for the B.A. or B.S. We offer three concentrations in Sociology that allow you to focus on a specific topic or approach to the subject. Students who complete a concentration will be awarded a certificate by the department and have the concentration included on their college transcript.

Students can only select one concentration, although they are free to take courses that fall under other concentrations in order to fulfill other requirements in the major. Sociology majors have the option of selecting one of the following concentrations in consultation with the undergraduate advisor or they have the option of not selecting a concentration.

The concentration in children and families focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. It emphasizes children in peer groups, youth subcultural activities, youth and children and the media, schools, families, social movements, social policy, and the welfare state. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving them in a broad range of fields such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

The concentration in children and families focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. It emphasizes children in peer groups, youth subcultural activities, youth and children and the media, schools, families, social movements, social policy, and the welfare state. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving them in a broad range of fields such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

The concentration in medical sociology introduces students to the relationship between society and health. In this concentration, students will study the impact of social, cultural, political, and economic factors on health and vice-versa. Courses in this area examine issues such as health behavior, physical and mental illnesses, doctor-patient interaction, medicalization, health care reform, health care delivery and health policy. A concentration in medical sociology offers pre-health professionals and other undergraduate students interested in health and health care services a needed background in the linkage between health and society.

If this sounds like a degree field you’d be interested in, contact admissions to get started! For the most current requirements for this degree, please visit our Academic Bulletin.

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