Apr 27, 2018  
2012-13 Catalog 
2012-13 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Program


Taylor 122
Echo Fields, Coordinator

Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor Instructor Adjunct Faculty Emeritus Faculty
S.M. Shamsul Alam Echo Fields Cynthia White Kylan de Vries Amanda Bans Cecile Baril
 Mark Shibley

Jean Maxwell


Karen Miller-Loessi

Richard Colvard




Eva Skuratowicz

Iain Couchman

         Vincent Smith

Bryce Johnson

         Carey Sojka

Victoria Sturtevant

        Dee Southard  

The sociology program is part of the Social Sciences, Policy, and Culture Department. Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and examine how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious movements; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of popular culture.

Sociological training helps students bring breadth and depth of understanding to the workplace. A sociology graduate learns to think abstractly, formulate problems, ask appropriate questions, search for answers, analyze situations and data, organize material, write well, and make oral presentations that help others develop insight and make decisions.

Learning the process of critical thinking and how to bring evidence to bear in support of an argument is extremely important in a fast-changing job market. The solid base students receive in understanding social change (as well as in research design, data analysis, statistics, theory, and sociological concepts) enables them to compete for support positions (such as program, administrative, or research assistant) in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and countless other social science endeavors.

Most people with the terms “sociologist” or “social worker” in their job title have graduate training, but sociology graduates apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs beyond these traditional categories, including careers in sectors such as business, education, health care, the criminal justice system, social services, and the government. Sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, law, politics, public relations, or public administration. For students interested in becoming professors, researchers, or applied sociologists, a BA or BS in sociology is excellent preparation for graduate work in sociology.

Human Service Degree Completion Program

The sociology program collaborates with the Psychology Department to offer an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program focusing on the needs of human service professionals. Curriculum and requirements are listed in the Psychology Department  section.

Interdisciplinary Major Emphasizing Sociology

As with the sociology major, students who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in interdisciplinary studies with sociology as a major field must apply to the program by submitting a personal statement describing their goals for the major, evidence of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 in SOC 204  and 205 , and proof of having completed University Seminar and MTH 243  or EC 232 . Transfer students must provide GPA evidence from their previous institutions. All candidates work with an advisor from the program at the time of application. The program notifies applicants if they qualify as interdisciplinary degree students with a primary field in sociology. Some sociology courses are restricted to majors and interdisciplinary degree candidates with sociology as the primary field.

Program Requirements