Sociology/Comprehensive Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Participate effectively in discussion 
  • Professional option in Sociology 
  • Learn interpretations of social sciences

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The student who majors in Sociology/Comprehensive Social Sciences will:

  • Acquire knowledge of major interpretations of the social sciences
  • Engage in the specific modes of inquiry of the social sciences and pursue purposeful, honest and effective research
  • Participate effectively in discussion, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions
  • Respond actively and effectively to the challenges of contemporary society, relating the study of social sciences to current affairs
  • 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.

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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. Professional options in General and Sociology prepare the student for public service and teaching careers.

Some of our alumni:

  • Jacqueline Conforti-Barnett, JD, is a contract attorney for the entire State University System of Pennsylvania.
  • Kathryn Lynott has served for many years as a trainer throughout the nation in the Federal Probation System.
  • Sarah Hopkins interned at the Williamsburg Foundation while pursuing her Master’s degree at William and Mary College.
  • Michael Jones, Sean Castellani, and Erica Briggs are among the dozens of students enjoying productive and interesting lives teaching secondary social studies throughout the East Coast.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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

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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.