Sociology, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The field of Sociology emerged as a scientific enterprise focused on a comprehensive understanding of the modem world, its origins, basic components. and central tendencies. As a member of this tradition, the Sociology Program at EKU provides students with an advanced understanding of the modem social structure and its institutions (politics, economics, religion, mass media, the family, labor markets), human group dynamics, social inequalities of class, gender, race, and sexuality, forms of human interaction, and social deviance (crime, juvenile delinquency). Sociologists also study regional issues such as social change in Appalachia and environmental concerns. Sociology faculty are skilled in teaching the theoretical foundations of sociology and methods of social research, while they teach students to think critically.
The broad knowledge base of sociology, combined with basic skills in research methods and analysis, widens students’ job opportunities in a rapidly changing economy where specialized jobs often become outdated Students who major in sociology are taught to think critically, communicate effectively, and respond constructively to the challenges and opportunities they will encounter. A major in sociology provides a gateway to many different professions.
Many sociology graduates move into careers in the following areas: social services, social media, data mining and analysis, human relations, Jaw and legal services, policy analysis, teaching, and health fields. Others find employment in management and administrative careers in government agencies as well as in a wide range of private sector firms. Still others work to achieve their goals in less traditional careers such as grassroots activism or private entrepreneurship.
CIP Code: 45.1101
Summary Checklist for General Education
|A: Written Communication||3|
|B: Written Communication||3|
|C: Oral Communication||3|
|A: Historical Science||3|
|B: Social Behaviorial Science||3|
|Diversity of Perspectives Experiences||6|
Students are expected to complete Elements 1 and 2 within their first 60 hours of college credit.
|University Graduation Requirements|
|Student Success Seminar|
|Student Success Seminar (waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.)||1|
|Writing Intensive Course (hours incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives category)|
|Upper division courses (42 hrs. distributed throughout Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)|
|ACCT - Sociology majors will fulfill the ACCT with the following. (Credit hours may be incorporated into major requirements below.)|
|Capstone Seminar in Sociology|
|SOC 131||Introductory Sociology||3|
|SOC 232||Social Statistics||3|
|SOC 395||Research Methods in Sociology||3|
|SOC 462||Sociological Theory||3|
|SOC 470||Capstone Seminar in Sociology||3|
|Choose from one of the following:||3|
|Sexualities and Social Issues|
|Sociology of the Family|
|Choose from 12 hours of upper-division Sociology electives||12|
|Choose from 53 hours of free electives||53|