The concentration in Sociology (leading to a Bachelor of Arts) provides a foundation in sociological theory and methods and the opportunity to cultivate more specialized knowledge in the discipline’s substantive interests. Students develop that focus through their coursework, taking required introductory, methods and theory courses and taking electives in diverse areas, including 6 areas (pillars) where the department has significant strengths: Globalization & Development; Organizations and Economic Sociology; Population, Health and Family; Race, Class, Gender and Inequality; Sociology of the Environment; Urban Sociology. Students refine their interests during the senior seminar and through their completion of a senior thesis or capstone project that analyze data and develop sociological accounts of conditions and processes both within the USA and abroad.
Many of our undergraduate concentrators have developed a second concentration in a wide array of fields, including public health, public policy, economics, ethnic studies, music, and gender and sexuality.
Through this concentration, students develop the analytical skills that prepare them for a wide range of careers after graduation, including research associate, marketing and business analyst, program evaluation, education, social services, as well as a variety of others. It also prepares students for opportunities in the new economy, including those that address how people engage the environment and use information technology. Our graduates also continue their formal education in a variety of post-graduate areas, including doctoral studies, law, social work, and health sciences.
Students can use no more than one (1) Independent Study (SOC 1970) course to meet the concentration course requirements. This course counts only towards a 1000 level substantive requirement and will not serve as a substitute for any of the core concentration requirements.