Jul 19, 2024  
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Sociology

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Amy Dellinger Page, Chair

Elizabeth L. Davison Kenneth B. Muir Ed Rosenberg
W. Edward Folts Bradley Nash, Jr. Kenneth J. Sanchagrin
Ellen C. Lamont Pavel I. Osinsky Kelly M. Thames
Cameron D. Lippard James R. Peacock  
Martha McCaughey Robert T. Perdue  

The mission of the Department of Sociology is to create a learning environment that promotes a scientific understanding of social life. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, the Department of Sociology provides educational experiences that encourage student to think sociologically about the significance of social structures and processes, multicultural perspectives, and emerging inderdependencies among memebers of the global community. Through a variety of major concentration options, both for undergraduate and graduate students, and both on campus and online, we provide our students with academic programs and varied practical experiences that enhance their understanding and application of sociology and the sociological imagination. The curriculum foci range from local to global, and include recognition and study of the unique social, cultural, and historical features of our geographic region. We encourage and support both basic and applied scholarship by faculty, especially in publishing and presenting scholarly works, and in other activities that enhance professional competence. We endorse research collaboration with our students. We  encourage and support faculty participation in service to the university, professional organizations, and local to global communities. As part of a liberal arts education, the Department of Sociology encourages the development of critical thinking, effective communication, responsibilities of community membership, and other transferable skills as part of career preparation. By modeling intellectual curiosity and the resulting acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking, cultivating intercultural competence as part of an overall spirit of inclusion, and engaging ourselves from local to global levels, we endeavor both to become, and help students become, informed and contributing members of society, committed to creating, maintaining and enhancing health, just, and sustainable social structures from micro to macro levels.

Honors Program in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers an honors program composed of nine semester hours of disciplinary honors work including a three semester hour honors thesis. Disciplinary honors courses will be drawn from designated honors courses offered at the introductory, intermediate and advanced course levels in the department. Enrollment in sociology honors courses is by permission of the departmental honors coordinator. However, to graduate with “honors in sociology,” a student must be a major, have maintained an overall grade-point average of 3.4 and an overall sociology grade-point average of 3.4, have no grade less than “B” in any honorsdesignated course, and have completed a departmental honors thesis.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Sociology offers graduate certificate programs in Gerontology and Sociology. Students interested in these programs should consult the Graduate Bulletin for further information.


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