The Department of Sociology offers a major, leading to the bachelor of arts degree, and a minor in the discipline.
The discipline gives students the knowledge and skills which provide an excellent foundation for many careers, as well as the grounding for graduate education in sociology or a related field. Students develop an understanding of social change, research design, data analysis, statistics, and theory. They also acquire a sense of history and of different ways of life. Students learn how individuals behave in organizations, families, and communities, and develop an understanding of the contexts within which social policy decisions are made and carried out. The Senior Thesis/Internship, which concludes work in the major, gives students the opportunity to write an original research paper or to gain hands-on experience in a variety of governmental, business, and service settings, where they will apply the knowledge and skills learned in earlier coursework.