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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology - 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. 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.


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:

Social Institutions and the Environment

Students select two courses from the following:

Sociology Electives

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

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).

Sociology Sample Program

Freshman Year

  • Modern Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 3
  • Math and Science Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 7 
  • Health/Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (P-EQ) Credits: 9
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway
  • Upper Division Sociology Credits: 6
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 6

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME)  Credits: 0
  • Upper Division Sociology Credits: 6
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 6

As well as:

Senior Year

  • Upper Division Sociology Credits: 6
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 18

As well as:

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