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The major in Sociology offers students a critical perspective based in social justice. Courses encompass such topics as the dynamics of social problems and policy, gender and race inequalities, immigrant communities, the social inclusion of people with disabilities, families and youth, and homelessness and food insecurity. Service learning and internship opportunities are infused throughout the curriculum, giving all students opportunities to explore career paths, gain real world experience, and practice professional skills while serving the local community. A major in Sociology offers a solid background for students interested in careers in policy, government, human services, social work, law and teaching.
Students enrolled in BA program may, if they wish, choose Policy & Social Problems concentration.
Policy & Social Problems Concentration
This concentration is intended to provide a pathway for students who want to focus specifically on applying the analytical tools of sociological thinking to social problems and their solutions. The program of study combines practice in analysis of specific social problems as well as the responses these problems by both government and community actors. All students in the concentration will have multiple opportunities to gain exposure to and experience working with community organizations and local leaders across a range of fields, including immigrant services, environmental policy, youth services, gender-based organizations, education, and more. All students will also learn to analyze the intersections among race, class, gender, ability, and other inequalities, perspective that is key to working in the twenty-first century United States.
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For additional information contact the Sociology Department.