The mission of the Sociology Program is to engage in the empirical study of society and social behavior, enabling students to understand their social world, to recognize the forces of change operative within it, and to critique conditions affecting social life.
The goals of the Sociology Program are:
The Program also introduces students interested in the social work profession to that field of study through a four-course concentration in social work.
Our course offerings acquaint students with the major concepts, significant findings and diverse theoretical perspectives of sociology. They also facilitate students' understanding of the process of social research, their acquisition of research skills, and their use of appropriate computer resources, and they and prepare students for related graduate study and/or for varied careers utilizing their knowledge of sociology and their analytical skills. Service learning, field work, and internship opportunities are available.
Sociology works excellently as a double major, enabling students to place the understandings that they gain in another discipline within the larger context of society and to study the impact of this other discipline on, and within, society. Recently, sociology students have most often double majored with education, psychology, justice studies, communication, business, or a foreign language, though double majors with many other fields are possible.
The successful Sociology major will be able to ...
In addition, students who participate in sociology and social work internships will employ their study of sociology and social work in a field work setting, preparing them for work and/or further study in those fields.
Sociology is a very a useful degree, as most employers realize the importance of hiring people who are skilled in understanding and working with diverse multicultural populations and who possess keen analytical reasoning, research, and communication skills. It complements the study of education, business (especially marketing and economics), justice studies, psychology, communication, history, political science, and American Studies especially well, as it overlaps with and has much in common with each of these disciplines, and provides a solid basis for future study in any of these fields. It also prepares students for the study and practice of law, public health and policy, and graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines.
Sociologists work in such areas as:
Recent graduates of the College of Saint Elizabeth Sociology Program have also gone on to pursue advanced graduate education in the fields of sociology, social work, psychology, law, and business.
Total required course credits: 22
Two 200-level (or higher), 4-credit courses, selected from among:
One 300-level (or higher), 4-credit course, or combination of courses to equal 4 credits, selected from among:
Total elective course credits: 12
Total for major: 34 credits
Total for Sociology Major with Social Work concentration – 8 additional credits beyond sociology major – 42 credits
The Sociology capstone experience encompasses (a) the production (in SOC301 and SOC365) and presentation to members of the CSE community (in SOC431) of a paper and poster representing a comprehensive literature review; and (b) the production (in SOC431) of a project representing empirical research.
Sufficient Progress in the Major
Students must achieve C's or better in all sociology courses for them to count for the major. If a student receives a grade lower than a C in a course she must re-take the course in order to attain a C or higher. If a student receives grades lower than C in two or more sociology courses she may be dropped from the major. Students must also pass comprehensive objective exams given in SOC371 and SOC301 with a grade of 70 or better to remain in the major.
Electives cannot be social work courses
Total: 18 credits