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Sociology Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major

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The sociology major is built around the core concept of sociological imagination, which is the ability to see the connection between individual life chances and larger social forces. This is particularly relevant for future teachers who want to have a better understanding of the diverse students in their classrooms. How much of what happens to us is a result of personal motivation and abilities versus being shaped by the time period and social-historical context of when we live our lives? The major provides a rigorous grounding in critical thinking, research, and communication through a set of five required classes which form the foundation upon which students build a track of electives based on their individual interests. The sociology major offers a wide range of electives for majors to choose from, which include faculty expertise and multiple courses available about the role of technology in society, environmental issues, and the sociology of everyday life. Both required and elective coursework emphasizes the importance of race, class, and gender in shaping life chances, both in day to day life and in people’s experiences with social institutions such as education, medicine, the family, mass media, the criminal justice system, and the economy. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of collective action in being changemakers for a more equitable society.

Sociology consists of more than study in the classroom. Students (and professors) volunteer in the local community and complete internships at local  non-profits, schools, hospitals, radio stations, social services organizations, and other locations. Internships are supported through the Urlaub Fellowship, which covers the cost of a 3-credit internship for one junior or senior sociology major each year. A strong grounding in research methods, communication and critical thinking prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Many students combine sociology with the inclusive childhood/middle childhood education major and become teachers. Others go on to attend graduate school or to work in such fields as counseling, higher education administration, human resources, marketing & communications, social services, business and international relations.

Students seeking initial certification at the early childhood and childhood levels may double major in Sociology and Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Students in this double major are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7 before moving into INCH coursework which typically begins fall semester of the junior year.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to analyze systems of privilege, with particular emphasis on the ways in which race, class, and gender shape social and cultural life.
  2. Students will be able to describe and evaluate the role of scientific method in investigating and understanding the social world.
  3. Students will be able to discuss the role of culture and the social structure in our lives and the lives of others.
  4. Students will be able to explain the influence of gender, class, and racial inequalities on individual life chances and experiences.
  5. Students will be able to articulate the role of theory in sociology and explain how sociological theory contributes to understanding of the social world.


Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Sociology Core

Required Courses:

Sociology Electives

Students select any two additional sociology courses from the list below AND/OR from the Inequality or Social Institutions categories:

Required Courses for Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Majors

Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major Requirements

Sociology Senior Experience

The senior experience consists of a senior seminar (SOC 444) which integrates material from sociology and other liberal arts core areas (history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, natural sciences, mathematics, fine arts), and a senior comprehensive (SOC 499).

Sample Program for Sociology Major with Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 Modern Foreign Language with lab 4
FYS - PEQ (1) 3 SOC.Q 101 Introduction to Sociology  PEQ (3) 3
Science PEQ plus lab (2) 4 PEQ (4) 3
Modern Foreign Language with lab 4 PEQ (5) 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
SOC 204 Social Problems   3 SPF 204 History and Philosophy of Education   3
Sociology course (upper division) 3 Integrative Studies (IS) - 2 3
Integrative Studies (IS) - 1 3 PEQ (8) 3
PEQ (6) 3 SOC 352 Research Methods: Fundamentals   3
PEQ (7) 3 Sociology course (upper division) 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
INCH 310 Differentiated Planning and Assessment For Diverse Learners    3 INCH 380 Construction of Meaning in Mathematics And Science    3
INCH 320 Emergent Literacy and Language Development   3 INCH 390 Literacy, Language Arts, and Social Studies   3
DEIB Designated Coruse 3 SOC 307 Social Theory   3
Sociology course (upper division) 3 SOC 432 Research Methods:Design &Implementation   3
Sociology course (upper division) 3 Sociology course (upper division) 3
EDU 475 Health Education, Child Abuse, and Violence Prevention Workshop   0 EDU 485 Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training)   0
Integrative Studies (IS) - 3
*See notes below; major course can be used for IS
  CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
Note - summer tuition is required
INCH 410 Diversity and Inclusion for Inclusive Early Childhood and Childhood Classrooms    3 INCH 411 Field Work and Practicum in Inclusive Education Settings   3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
INCH 425 Designing and Implementing Positive Learning Communities      3 INCH 490 Current Issues in Inclusive Education    3
INCH 435 Assessment for Learning   3 INCH 499 Inclusive Education Portfolio Presentation   0
INCH 470 Reflective Seminar on Teaching, Collaboration and Building Collaborative Partnerships   3 Liberal Arts Elective 3
INCH 480 Student Teaching   6 Liberal Arts Elective 3
    Sociology course (upper division) 3
    SOC 444 Senior Seminar   3
    SOC 499 Sociology Comprehensive   0


  • Students in Bachelor of Arts degree programs must complete 90 credits of liberal arts coursework.
  • Students in the Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education major must complete 10 credits of math and science coursework.
  • Students may use a major course to fulfill one Integrative Studies (IS) course requirement.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required before moving into INCH coursework (fall semester, junior year).


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