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 learn to apply sociological knowledge in practice as you gain analytic and problem-solving skills and data analytics and interpretation skills.
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
- SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology
- SOC 22000 – Social Problems
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
- SOC 35000 – Sociology of Family
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
- SOC 31000 – Racial and Ethnic Diversity
- SOC 31700 – Sociology of Sexuality
In your final year, complete Sociological Theory and any remaining sociology elective courses.
- SOC 40200 – Sociological Theory
- SOC 30300 – Sociology of Violence
- SOC 31500 – Gender in Society
As a sociology graduate, you will acquire written and verbal communication, critical thinking, analytical, problem-solving and research skills.
These skills help prepare you for post-graduate studies and success in one of the many careers sociology can prepare you for.
Your undergraduate studies in sociology can open doors in countless fields including health and social services, social and criminal justice, sales and marketing, teaching and law.
A sociology degree also helps prepare you for post-graduate education. Students seeking a sociology degree may go on to continue their education in the social sciences, education, counseling and social work, business and law school.
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:
- Health and social services
- Law and policy analysis
- 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.
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