Sociology, BA, Concentration in Human Services

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology emphasizes the systematic study of human behavior in social groups.  It focuses on how people coordinate their activities to achieve both individual and collective goals.  Sociology is different from the other social and behavioral sciences in two important ways.  First, it places primary importance on the social group within the larger society.  Second, it seeks to explain the broad range of human behavior as it is influenced by the social context.  Thus, sociology studies the major issues of our times and seeks to understand their complexity and predict their future.  It investigates how patterns of social activity originate, what sustains them, why they take one form rather than another, and how they change. Depending on the particular interest of the student, an appropriate minor area of study is selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.  In lieu of the traditional minor, the Department also offers a concentration in either Racial and Ethnic Dynamics or in Human Services. Career opportunities for sociology majors include a variety of agencies at the federal, state, and municipal levels, as well as with both private non-profit and private for-profit organizations. The Sociology program faculty stresses a close working relationship with students and strongly encourages students to take full advantage of the many opportunities the Department provides including but not limited to collaborative research with faculty, student internships, teaching assistantships and other professional opportunities. The department’s program learning goals and objectives can be found on the department’s website.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to advance students’ intellectual preparation in macro and micro sociological concepts through rigorous, substantive, theoretical, and methodological coursework.  The program provides opportunities for praxis-oriented internships, and on-going and continuous engagement with the program faculty’s teaching and research activities.  Our graduates will have the personal and scholarly skills needed to face the challenges associated with social change, diversity of persons and ideas, and an evolving global economy.