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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

How do social forces shape our culture? How does the experience of racism shape members of minority groups? How does group behavior impact an individual? What are the causes and consequences of class and social inequality in American society?

These are just some of the enduring questions you’ll learn to answer as you study theories of sociology and build the methodological tools to analyze sociological research and conduct your own. You’ll be ready to help lawmakers, administrators, and businesses understand and solve problems on personal, local, national and international levels. This program requires an internship, which means you’ll make an impact right away. Our students have interned at camps for children with special needs, in courts, in social agencies specializing in aging, addiction, domestic abuse, and more. They’ve also gone on to study law, urban studies, social work, and more. Get ready to give presentations and interact with your classmates in discussion-based classes that are writing intensive and thought-provoking.

 

Outcomes of the program

  • You’re going to develop the theoretical and methodological tools for understanding elements of society.
  • You’ll gain a broad intellectual and sociological background for work in a variety of careers and/or in graduate school.

Learn more on the Sociology program homepage.

How do social forces shape our culture? How does the experience of racism shape members of minority groups? How does group behavior impact an individual? What are the causes and consequences of class and social inequality in American society?

These are just some of the enduring questions you’ll learn to answer as you study theories of sociology and build the methodological tools to analyze sociological research and conduct your own. You’ll be ready to help lawmakers, administrators, and businesses understand and solve problems on personal, local, national and international levels. This program requires an internship, which means you’ll make an impact right away. Our students have interned at camps for children with special needs, in courts, in social agencies specializing in aging, addiction, domestic abuse, and more. They’ve also gone on to study law, urban studies, social work, and more. Get ready to give presentations and interact with your classmates in discussion-based classes that are writing intensive and thought-provoking.

 

Outcomes of the program

  • You’re going to develop the theoretical and methodological tools for understanding elements of society.
  • You’ll gain a broad intellectual and sociological background for work in a variety of careers and/or in graduate school.

Learn more on the Sociology program homepage.

If human relations are central to your career goals, sociology is a good fit for you. Often such jobs are available in public and private social agencies concerned with child care, the homeless, domestic violence, family services, public health, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, drug abuse, mental health, social security, the elderly, minority affairs, labor management problems, or environmental improvement.

A bachelor’s degree in sociology will enable you to work in private business and local, state, and federal governments and prepares you for graduate training in a variety of professions that include education (college and high school level), law, medicine, journalism, urban planning, government service, corrections, and non-profit administration.

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology:

  • Sociology 103 – Intro to Sociology
  • Sociology 338 – Sociological Theory
  • Mathematics 212 – Statistics (also satisfies Ursuline Core Curriculum requirement)
  • Sociology 434 – Research Methods
  • Sociology 475 – Internship
  • One of the following: Sociology 351/352 – Reading Seminar, Sociology 451/452 – Seminar Topics, or Sociology 288/488 – Special Topics
  • Five elective courses of your choice

 

To minor in Sociology, take the following classes:

  • Sociology 103 – Intro to Sociology
  • Sociology 338 – Sociological Theory
  • Mathematics 212 – Statistics (also satisfies Ursuline Core Curriculum requirement)
  • Sociology 434 – Research Methods
  • Two elective courses of your choice

 

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Gary E. Polster, Ph.D. (Chair)
Stacey O’Brien, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S.
Sharon Wilson, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S.

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