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Sociology

Sociology is an eye-opening major that deals with long standing social problems like income inequality, gender policy, education, environmental justice, bullying and racism. It is also a vehicle for exploring topics like the Black Lives Matter movement, the COVID-19 crisis, and Universal Health Care. Sociology Majors learn to conduct their own research by using surveys, carrying out interviews and analyzing data. Students often remember their first sociology course for the rest of their lives. Under the guidance of our diverse faculty, you will learn about society, you will learn about yourself, and you will learn how to connect the two.

You can use this major to launch a career in social work, human services, market research, social policy, law, education, government, the nonprofit sector and other industries. Some students go directly from graduation into the job market. Others go on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Research and Analysis with just one more year of study, or a Graduate Certificate in Data Collection and Management. These credentials enhance your job marketability. They can also be a stepping stone to a PhD in Sociology.

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Sociology

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree. Students take core courses in theory and research methods and electives on topics such as environmental justice, health and illness and social problems. In the capstone course they carry out their own research project.

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BA in Sociology (Combined BA/MAT with Teacher Certification in Grades K – 6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification program is an accelerated program that leads to teacher certification in grades K-6, teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree.

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BA in Sociology with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K – 6

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 3.0 major GPA. Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

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BA in Sociology with Teacher Certification in Social Studies (Preschool – Grade 12)

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Social Studies must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Because Praxis exams in this area are heavily weighted towards history, we STRONGLY advise students to include History (as a second major ideally) as a primary component of their program.

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Minor in Sociology

The Minor in Sociology is an 18-credit program available to undergraduate students from any major. Students will combine an introductory course in sociology with their choice from a list of lower and upper level electives such as Environmental Justice, Health and Illness and Race and Ethnicity.

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Graduate Programs

MA in Social Research and Analysis

The future for most companies lies in their ability to understand and respond to consumer data. The 30-credit MA in Social Research and Analysis prepares students for careers in social policy, market research, data consulting and more. It can be completed in just one additional year of study.

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Data Collection and Management Certificate Program

The graduate certificate in Data Collection and Management is a 12-credit program that can be completed in just two semesters. The Certificate is an excellent option for job candidates that want to learn to write surveys, conduct interviews and focus groups, and analyze data.

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