College Record 2020-2021


The sociology degree program is based on the assumption that application of sociological principles to social issues contributes to solving applied problems in a variety of professional settings. The work of applied sociologists tends to be “client driven,” in that their work is designed to solve a specific problem posed by the employer. The curriculum is to include a strong core of sociological theory, research methodology, and basic sociology courses encompassing the institutional, organizational, and interpersonal dimensions. A unique emphasis on both quantitative methods (such as demographic and survey methods, and statistical analysis) and qualitative methods (including direct observation, content analysis, and contextual analysis) provide the student training to be competitive researchers and practitioners. Students engage in classroom and field experience, along with a concentrated senior practicum, in order to become highly competitive in the job market.

Those with sociological academic training with an applied focus commonly undertake such tasks as organizational development, environmental impact assessment, conflict mediation and resolution, social policy analysis, and program evaluation. In addition, students graduating from our program will have a foundation for understanding and investigating the relationship between social forces and social problems like crime, environmental problems, drug abuse, family violence, and juvenile delinquency. Students of sociology acquire more advanced and applied data analytic research skills and an enhanced understanding of human social behavior, preparing students for entry into master’s level training or career paths in the public and private sector.