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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology
215 Merrill Hall
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sociologists for Women in Society; Undergraduate Student Sociological Collective; Alpha Kappa Delta; Pi Gamma Mu
Advanced Degree Programs
Sociology (M.A., Ph.D.)
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