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Program Intro

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.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

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Sample Courses

  • 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.

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Sample Courses

  • 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.

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Sample Courses

  • 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.

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Sample Courses

  • SOC 40200 – Sociological Theory
  • Experiential Learning Course
  • Social Ethics

Program Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400 and all Foreign Language courses; C- required for BHS 10300, SOC 10000, and SOC 22000
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation


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.

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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

Career Paths

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

Ralph Cherry

Ralph Cherry, Ph.D.

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.

Kathryn Sweeney

Kathryn A. Sweeney, Ph.D.

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.

Alan J. Spector

Alan Jay Spector, Ph.D.

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

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