The sociological perspective

The curriculum in sociology is designed to introduce students to a sociological perspective, which explores social structures and their intersections with individual lives. Courses address a wide range of social phenomena, from patterns of every day interaction to social and political revolutions.

Sociology as a discipline focuses on recognizing and analyzing social determinants that shape our lives. That focus offers a unique potential not only for under standing society, but also for social action and social change. The courses offered in sociology include a variety of 100– and 200-level courses introducing sociology and many of the specific topics and issues addressed by sociologists. Most 200-level courses are open to first-year students and have no pre-requi sites. The core courses for the major and minor also begin at the 200 level. These core courses focus on developing the skills and tools necessary for a more advanced application of a socio logical perspective, preparing students for junior-senior research seminars at the 300 level.

The methods and substantive areas of sociology provide an excellent background for a wide range of careers in fields such as government, public policy, law, social research, community work, social activism, health, human services, social work, counseling, education, business, per sonnel, advertising, and market research, as well as a strong foundation for graduate study in sociology and a variety of applied or related areas including law, criminal justice, social work, business, public policy and public administration, urban and community planning, health care administration, public health, education, survey research administration, and journalism. A hand book describing the major and minor in greater detail, including additional career information, is available from the department chair.