Sociology can be defined as the scientific study of human societies. The sociology major prepares students who plan to enter graduate or professional school in the disciplines of sociology, law, urban planning, the ministry and numerous other professions as well as students intending to enter business. Students majoring in sociology will be introduced to the major theoretical paradigms and methodological procedures of the discipline. They will also select several electives from a variety of topical courses. Finally, majors will participate in a senior-level capstone course that will focus on current issues of significance or in an off-campus internship in an approved program.
Many sociology majors take advantage of off-campus programs, both domestic and international. Students have been enrolled in the Chicago Semester as well as in such international programs as those in England, Ireland, Scotland, Santiago, and Australia. The department strongly encourages students to avail themselves of these options, and we are ready to review the available course offerings to determine if they can count towards the sociology major or minor. In some instances, departmental credit will be granted for internship experiences in off-campus settings.
The sociology major consists of 28 credits.