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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Sociology

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Susan E. Chase

Susan E. Chase

Associate Professors
T. Jean Blocker
Lara Foley
Ronald Jepperson

Assistant Professor
Travis Lowe

People spend their entire lives in social groups and networks, ranging from the family to global systems. Like anthropologists, sociologists study how these groups and networks work. (Sociologists focus on industrial and post-industrial societies, while anthropologists are concerned with human culture in general. Psychologists, in contrast, study individuals.) Developing the ability to analyze society is a core component of anyone’s education and personal development, and thus the sociology major facilitates any career. In addition, sociology majors may design a specific program of study in preparation for graduate school, professional school (law, business, medicine), and for careers in social service, government, research, consulting, teaching, or business. Sociology courses also contribute to specialized certificates in African American and international studies and the women’s and gender studies major.

The Department of Sociology offers two curriculum options: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Students should consult a sociology faculty advisor to select the appropriate program.

Learning Objectives

  • Critical thinking (synthesize material; assess evidence; reason logically; distinguish between fact and opinion).
  • Clear and effective writing and speaking.
  • Core concepts (culture, social change, status, norm, socialization, identity, stratification, social structure, social institutions).
  • Research methods (evaluate evidence; use quantitative and qualitative analysis; understand ethical issues).





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