Dr. Timothy Dunn, Chair
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The Department of Sociology offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in sociology, which generates interest in how the experiences and behavior of individuals are shaped by social forces. The program stresses critical thinking, cultural competence, technological savvy, research skills, and social justice. Students explore the social world from broad, sweeping global changes to inter-personal interaction using a range of theories and methods. The coursework enhances their sociological imagination to develop a deep understanding of the relationship between individual experiences and larger social forces. Consequently, Sociology students gain the skills necessary to respect the dignity and essential worth of all individuals and to provide leadership toward a more just social world.
Sociology is a valuable preparation for careers in a wide variety of fields including social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, non-profit organization social services and advocacy, gerontology, education, rehabilitation, social work and marketing. It provides a useful background for law, business, medicine, community planning and politics.
Sociology prepares students for most graduate programs in the liberal arts and social sciences, as well as many graduate professional programs (e.g., Social Work, Law, Public Policy, Public Health, Education). Through its strong emphasis in the core areas of theory and social research, the curriculum particularly enables students to successfully study sociology beyond the B.A.
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