The curriculum in the Department of Sociology provides strong academic training in the
field, as well as an exposure to varied pre-professional training. The three-fold mission of
the department is: (1) to provide course offerings in the liberal arts curriculum of the
College, in order to introduce students to the sociological perspective, thereby adding
that dimension to their critical thinking processes; (2) to provide an academically strong
major which affords an approach to the study of social systems and social change; (3) to
provide a major within the discipline of sociology which can reflect a student’s vocational
interest, for example, criminal justice, social gerontology, or social work and social
Students majoring in sociology or criminal justice may plan to continue their work in
graduate and professional schools. Others study sociology in preparation for careers in
social work, teaching, law, business, criminal justice, or governmental service. Graduates
in sociology may look toward careers in teaching, administration, or research.
Within the Department of Sociology, a student may choose the general sociology
major, the criminal justice major, or a major in sociology with a concentration
in criminal justice, social gerontology (Continuing Education only),
urban studies, or social work and social welfare. Students finding an interest in
sociology, but committed to majoring in other fields, may choose to minor in the department.
The analytical skills and critical ability developed in this program are complementary
to numerous other disciplines.
The possibility exists for the applied sociology-oriented student to design, in consultation
with the department, an off-campus practicum/internship (CJ/SO 280, 380) for
which college credit is given. Internships are required of students majoring in Criminal
Justice, Social Gerontology, Urban Studies, and Social Work, and are optional for those
choosing the General Sociology major. Many sociology courses may be used toward interdisciplinary
majors as well as electives or General Education requirements.
The educational objectives which emerge from the mission and purpose of the department
1) Students will develop a solid understanding of the discipline of Sociology and demonstrate
the ability to use the sociological perspective in analyzing society. This includes
learning to use the knowledge, methods and theories of the discipline in various courses.
2) Students will follow a sequence of courses from SO111 Introduction to Sociology,
through the various concentrations, including methods and statistics, and finally culminating
in Senior Seminar, a capstone course which builds upon previous knowledge and skills.
3) Students will participate in the Internship Program in the various concentrations and
will be evaluated by supervisors on their performance.
4) Students will be prepared to secure employment in their fields of concentration or
related fields or will go on to graduate school.
|Title:||Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program|
|Office:||Aquinas, Room 304|
For general questions contact:
The Office of Admission
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