The value set characterizing all the activities of this department is, in the last analysis, a belief in the basic dignity of every human being.
From this perspective we move to the more immediate objectives: to present students with various facets of the contemporary social world in a scientific and empirical manner.
This includes analysis of social structures, interactive processes, the nature and function of institutions, social group relationships, cultural-environment interrelationships, and cross-cultural studies with some emphasis on cultures outside the Euro-American tradition.
Furthermore, the department offers to its students an orientation of self in relation to others and to basic social institutions, including the family, church and state as well as the economic, educational and governmental processes within a global framework.
The department offers the major B.A. in Sociology. A concentration in criminology is available to sociology majors.
The research methods requirements, SOC 206. Qualitative Research Methods and SOC 207. Quantitative Research Methods, are based on the belief that effective participation in the contemporary world requires a background in research strategies. To achieve this goal, the student has access to the University's academic computer system via terminals in the departmental complex. The current version of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSSx) is the principal software used by the department. Other programs are available for use. This allows the student hands-on experience with the current state of research technology. If a student wishes to continue this orientation, he or she may obtain a minor in computer science.
Students who are not sociology majors may complete one of the following minors:
The department is strongly committed to its advisory system. Each student is assigned to a faculty member who will function as that student's adviser until graduation. The student, in serious consultation with his or her adviser, will develop a program that best balances the needs of the student with the requirements of the department.