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  • Study principles of sociology, diversity, and more
  • Understand all aspects of social behavior
  • Compliment your major
  • Only 18 credits required! 

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Sociology at Marywood

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Patrick Seffrin
Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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The student who majors in Sociology will:

  1. acquire knowledge of major interpretations of the social sciences;
  2. engage in the specific modes of inquiry of the social sciences and pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research;
  3. participate effectively in discussion, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. respond actively and effectively to the challenges of contemporary society, relating the study of social sciences to current affairs;
  5. empathize with human emotions and values and understand the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse ethnic and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientation.

Competency in the range of social science fields provides the individual with a background for graduate study and/or a variety of careers in contemporary society. A professional option in sociology prepares the student for a career in social service and/or further graduate study.

For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

Four-Year Degree Program in Sociology (54 credits)

A. 30 credits (10 courses) in Sociology:

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology 3
SOC 214 Social Problems 3
SOC 218 Anthropology 3
SOC 318 Social Theory 3
SOC 351 Social Research 3
SOC 454 Computer Applications in Social Research 3
SOC 460 Internship in Applied Sociology 3
SOC 465 Senior Seminar in Sociology 3

Two of the following:

SOC 215 Media and Society
SOC 303 Criminology
SOC 315 Studies in Urbanization

B. 12 Credits (4 courses) in electives from the following:

SOC 219 Drugs in American Society 3
SOC 212 Violence and Peace 3
SOC 304 The Social Networks of Crime, Health, and Society 3
SOC 305 Social Movements, Collective Behavior and Disasters 3
SOC 350 Medical Sociology 3
SOC 399 Special Topics 3
SOC 405 Deviant Behavior in Society 3
SOC 410 Race, Crime & Poverty in America 3
SOC 411 The Family 3
SOC 499 Independent Study and Research 3

C. 12 credits (4 courses) of cognate courses:

ECON 100 Basic Economics 3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity 3
PS 210 American Government and Politics 3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

To minor in Sociology a student must complete:

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
SOC 214 Social Problems
SOC 351 Social Research
SOC XXX Three Electives

Women’s Studies Minor

The Women’s Studies minor provides an opportunity to think critically about past and present society through the lens of gender. The women’s studies minor enables students to develop greater awareness of the rich contributions women have made throughout history. It is an interdisciplinary program that examines gender roles in contemporary society and encourages students to consider ways to eliminate discrimination at home and abroad.

The minor requires students to complete 18 credits, choosing from a number of different disciplines. Most women’s studies courses also meet Marywood’s core curriculum requirements.

To complete the minor, select one from the following two courses:

ENGL 326 Feminist Cultural Criticism
HIST/SOC 325  Women, Gende,r and Feminism in the World

Select five elective courses that are appropriate to Women and Gender issues. Courses must come from at least TWO disciplines. Examples of such elective courses are listed below, but it is not a fixed list. New courses may apply and a course’s application to the minor is up to discretion of the Director of Women’s Studies or Chairperson of Social Sciences Department.

NOTE: In addition to regular courses specifically focused on gender, one Independent Study may apply to the minor. Also, students who have completed a significant project appropriate to Women’s Studies in a class otherwise not oriented overall toward issues of women or gender may petition to count that class as ONE of the electives for the minor. (Final decisions regarding applying any courses to the minor are at the discretion of the Director of Women’s Studies or Chairperson of Social Sciences Department.)

ART 399I Women in Art 1915-2015
ENGL 318 Women Writers
ENGL 360A Early Modern British Women Writers
ENGL 362A Victorian Women Writers
ENGL 378 Plath, Sexton, and Company
ENGL 490 Feminist Writing and Rhetoric
HIST 230 Women in the Developing World
HIST 250 Gender in Asia
HIST 447 Women and Gender in Africa
PHIL 416 Perspectives on Women
PSYC 438 Psychology of Gender
R ST 234 Women and Religion