Skip Navigation
*To search for student contact information, login to FlashLine and choose the "Directory" icon in the FlashLine masthead (blue bar).

College
College of Arts and Sciences

Department
Department of Sociology

215 Merrill Hall
Tel: 330-672-2562
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/sociology

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology provides broad training in the theories and methods that sociologists use to understand contemporary social issues and problems. Students are encouraged to think critically as they examine issues ranging from small group behavior to global social movements. In addition to a core curriculum that focuses on social inequalities, social psychology and health and illness, the program offers courses on a variety of topics, including urban living, deviant behavior, religion and family. 

Career Opportunities

A BA in Sociology prepares students for a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as health services, counseling, community programs, journalism, group and recreation work, sales and marketing, human resources, social services, the criminal justice system, public administration, government programs, and social research. Sociology not only provides students with a strong liberal arts background in scientific and humanistic perspectives of social life, but also enables them to develop investigative skills in research design, statistics, and data analysis which will be useful when entering the labor market.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Describe how sociology is similar to and different from other social sciences.

2. Show how one’s personal life is shaped by the time and place in which one lives.

3. Demonstrate how institutions like the family, education, religion, medicine, and the economy are interrelated.

4. Understand the interrelationships between social structures and individuals in society.

5. Distinguish between individualistic, cultural, and structural explanations of social events.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Sociologists for Women in Society; Undergraduate Student Sociological Collective; Alpha Kappa Delta; Pi Gamma Mu

Advanced Degree Programs

Sociology (M.A., Ph.D.)