Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
In sociology, we study the social worlds in which we live. The sociology major is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of the discipline of sociology – the social scientific study of society and human behavior. You’ll also learn to apply sociological knowledge in practice.
Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, our sociology faculty embody the best tradition of our discipline’s sociological analysis and community commitment. You’ll prepare for a variety of careers both in and outside of the social sciences.
In this 120-credit-hour program, you’ll discover how historical, economic and political issues shape our world – and how an understanding of them can help change it for the better.
You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.
Begin your studies with the First-Year Experience in Behavioral Sciences, Introductory Sociology and the Social Problems course.
- BHS 10300 – First-Year Experience In Behavioral Sciences
- COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
- SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology
In year two, you’ll complete Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and at least one sociology elective course.
- SOC 38200 – Introduction To Statistics In Sociology
- CIS 20400 – Introduction To Computer-Based Systems
- PSY 12000 – Elementary Psychology
This year, you’ll study research methods, take the Racial and Ethnic Diversity course and complete three more Sociology electives.
- SOC 38300 – Introduction To Research Methods In Sociology
- ECON 10100 – Survey Of Economics
In your final year, complete Sociological Theory and any remaining sociology elective courses.
- SOC 40200 – Sociological Theory
- Experiential Learning Course
- Social Ethics
Majoring in sociology prepares you for a variety of careers in and outside of the social sciences as well as personal and civic life in general.
Sociology graduates acquire written and verbal communication, critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving and research skills.
Beyond the Classroom
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and peers in extracurricular activities, such as:
- Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Honor Society
- Midwest Sociological Society
- American Sociological Association
There are a wealth of opportunities available to sociology grads, including:
- Social services
- Graduate school
- Research and academics
Our graduates are employed in:
- Governmental and private social service agencies
- Education and teaching
- Advocacy organizations
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor of Sociology
I am an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Sociology on the Hammond campus, where I thoroughly enjoy teaching social research methods, aging & the life course, health, and intro to sociology.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Kathryn A. Sweeney is an associate professor of sociology. Her research examines how structural level racial, class and gender disparities shape everyday life.
Professor of Sociology Center for Global Studies
Currently focused on Race and Ethnic Diversity, Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, and International Change. Active on the Board of the Center for Global Studies and the Ronald E. McNair Program