Academic Plan of Study

Academic Plans of Study:

  • Academic Plans of Study
  • Program Summary

    • Credit Hours:  120 hours
    • Concentrations:  [optional] Sociological Social Psychology; Social Problems and Policy; Organizations, Occupations, and Work
    • Declaring the Major:  Minimum GPA of 2.0 required; no pre-requisite courses; change of major form accepted year-round; orientation/advising session required after declaration.
    • Advising (For the Major):  Required on admission to the major and before beginning the senior year; required when GPA falls below 2.0; recommended more frequently.
    • Advising (For General Education):  by CLAS advising center.
    • Minimum Grades/GPA:  GPA of 2.0 in the major required for graduation; C or better in ALL courses.
    • Teacher Licensure:  No
    • Evening Classes Available:  YES (major might be completed at night).
    • Weekend Classes Available:  No
    • Other Information:  Internships, Departmental Honors, Honor Society, Concentrations, Pearson Scholarship, Study Abroad, Dual Enrollment for MA.
    • Contact(s):  Elizabeth Stearns, Undergraduate Coordinator

    For a list of Undergraduate Programs, including Sociology, please visit the academics webpage.


    Department Outcomes

    Upon completing the program, students should be able to demonstrate:

    1. An understanding of the interactions among individuals, groups, social institutions and demography in society.  Specifically, students should be able to:
      • Distinguish the building blocks of society
      • Identify trends and patterns of relationships in society
    2. Competence in understanding, critically assessing, and applying major sociological concepts.  Specifically, students should be able to:
      • Identify and distinguish among sociological concepts
      • Integrate terms, concepts and ideas
      • Evaluate sociological concepts
    3. A recognition of the various theoretical perspectives of sociology. Specifically, students should be able to:
      • Identify assumptions and arguments associated with particular theories
      • Evaluate competing theories by assessing the logical structure of arguments and hypothesis testing
      • Apply theory in order to explain sociological phenomena
      • Explain the process of theory development
    4. An understanding of research methods appropriate to sociological inquiry. Specifically, students should be able to:
      • Identify and differentiate research methods used in sociology
      • Evaluate different research methods in terms on validity and reliability
      • Present, analyze and interpret data
      • Critically evaluate research
    5. Competence in posing research questions, developing logical arguments, and evaluating evidence. Specifically, students should be able to:
      • Pose sociological questions
      • Understand and synthesize academic research
      • Use sociological concepts to hypothesize relationships
      • Communicate clearly stated, coherent arguments based on evidence

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