Catalog 2021-2022

B.A. in Applied Sociology Major

The goal of the applied sociology program is to enable students to think scientifically and practically about societies, human behavior, and social dimensions of work and knowledge. The focus is on developing citizen-scholars who can apply sociological insights to understand and solve social problems, issues, and concerns in practical and academic settings. The applied sociology curriculum emphasizes the development of critical, analytical, and practical thinking and writing skills. Training in applied sociology provides excellent preparation for graduate and professional studies as well as administrative and conflict resolution work in many business, non-profit, political, and other organizational fields including but not limited to counseling, clinical and social work contexts and careers. Through the completion of the required courses and a practical experience (i.e., an internship and / or directed applied research project) offering real-life application of sociology to a specific social context, students learn to evaluate social conditions and design solutions to social problems.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for a B.A. in Applied Sociology:

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

4

SOC 306Racial and Ethnic Relations

4

or

SOC 313Social Stratification

4

or

SOC 320Sociology of Gender

4

SOC 344Sociological Theories

4

SOC 355Introductory Data Science

4

SOC 375Research Methods

4

SOC 460Applied Sociology

4

SOC 480Practice Experience

4

SOC Electives

8

Total Credit Hours: 36