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Albertus Magnus College offers a variety of Sociology degree options designed to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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Sociology is an adaptable discipline that concentrates on all aspects of society for the purpose of making a positive impact in people’s lives. A sociological perspective provides an acknowledgement of the importance of diversity, creates informed citizens, and fosters a deep understanding of the many social forces that shape the lives and behaviors of individuals and groups.

Studying sociological theories and methods of inquiry, combined with experiential opportunities, prepares students for rewarding careers in social work, law, government, teaching, public policy, marketing, and more.

Every aspect of the social world is a part of studying Sociology, including topics such as marriage and family, deviation from social norms, roles at work, gender roles, group interaction, social inequality, sexuality, public policy, criminology, aging, attitude development, and more.

Sociology majors are taught to think critically and conduct research about social problems, social phenomena, social dilemmas, and the social world. Using both qualitative research methods and statistical tools, majors gather and analyze data to write reports that will convey research findings and present their perspectives on social issues. By thinking globally about issues and developing strong communication skills, Sociology majors will refine their presentation skills by sharing findings with both their faculty and peers.

As a graduate with a sociology degree, students will have a foundation for cognitive understanding and the ability to better engage with the globalizing world. Albertus strives to equip their sociology students with the tools needed to understand the shifting social world, preparing them to contribute solutions to social problems in society, learn to take a position on issues, and to construct justification to support their perspective with problem-solving skills. We encourage them to exercise their creative abilities to find remedies.

The Albertus Difference

What Makes Sociology at Albertus Different?

Engaged
Students

  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Emphasis on collaborative work

Great
Teaching

  • Personally invested professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative, well-rounded programs
  • Resources and opportunities for research

Vibrant
Communities

  • Lively extracurricular activities
  • Campus-wide events
  • Service and community engagement

Successful
Outcomes

  • Active career counseling
  • Opportunity-building networks
  • Access to internships and professional experiences
Hands-On Learning

The Albertus Sociology Degree Program

Applied sociology-oriented students can design, in consultation with the department, an off-campus practicum or internship for which college credit can be given. Internships are required of students majoring in Criminal Justice, Social Gerontology, Urban Studies, and Social Work. Many sociology courses may be used toward interdisciplinary majors as well as electives or General Education requirements.

Online & On Campus

Create Your Flexible Sociology Schedule

Offered in an accelerated format, most students can complete their Sociology degree in a year and a half while only having to take two classes at a time.

Students choose between the following:


Online

  • Take 1 to 2 classes every 8 weeks
  • Work from the comfort of your own home
  • Have the ability to work on assignments on your own time, at your own pace

Blended

  • Take 1 to 2 classes every 8 weeks
  • Classes are a combination of in-class session and online assignments
  • Attend class on campus one night per week, while all other assignments are done from the comfort of home
  • Benefit from in-class discussions while completing projects and assignments from home

FLEX

  • Choose to take classes in either a blended or online format
  • Select the format that works best for you every time you register for a new course
  • Learn more about the FLEX format

I really enjoyed taking Sociology classes. The professor had us engage in fun activities. She relates the material to the real world, it's not just about reading and taking notes.

Shantel Gaton ‘13

Careers

Where Will Your Sociology Degree take You?

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 through aspects of teaching, administration, or research.

Possible career paths with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology include:



Social Worker
Youth Counselor
Juvenile Justice Worker
Social Services Provider
Case Manager
Elder Care Specialist
Teacher
Community Relations Specialist
Grant Writer
Volunteer Coordinator
Crisis Worker
Rehabilitation Specialist
Courses

Sociology Courses

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, urban studies, or social work and social welfare. Students who find an interest in sociology, but are 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.

Upon completing the Bachelor of Arts program of study in Sociology at Albertus Magnus College:

  • Students will be able to examine the relationship between the individual and society and recognize how race/ethnicity, gender, age and social class affect an individual’s life and life choices;
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of quantitative research by designing and carrying out a research project;
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of course content specific to their concentration by successfully completing an internship;
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theory and qualitative research methods by successfully completing the Qualitative Methods course;
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply sociological theories and research skills to issues and concerns they grapple with as active citizens of a democratic society;
  • Students who wish to will gain entrance to various graduate and professional programs after graduation (in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Education, etc.).

Interested in learning more about the diverse courses offered at Albertus?

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Purposeful Vision & Direction

The Albertus Sociology Degree Mission Statement

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 welfare.

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 are:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students will participate in the Internship Program in the various concentrations and will be evaluated by supervisors on their performance.
  • Students will be prepared to secure employment in their fields of concentration or related fields or will go on to graduate school.
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