A sociology degree program will prepare individuals for a wide range of career options by developing skills in research and analysis while also providing a strong foundational understanding of how social groups develop, behave, and interact. These skills and knowledge can help individuals pursue their ideal profession in fields such as social work, business, education, and criminal justice or advance their education further in a graduate program.
Graduating with a bachelors in sociology may take 3-4 years and completion of several general requirement courses as well as core and elective courses in sociology. Satisfactory scores on multiple choice exams and research papers are often required. Some programs require a student to maintain a portfolio that includes samples of work completed during the program which is reviewed by faculty.
Typical Courses in a Sociology Curriculum
Sociology examines societal issues, phenomena, and problems from a high level and also narrows in on specific areas of society while integrating findings from other disciplines including economics, psychology, and history. Sociology courses offer a wide variety of inherently interesting topics to learn about that relate to social groups and students can choose the areas of sociology that most interest them.
Some common classes that can be found in a sociology program include:
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Social Research
- Social Psychology
- Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
- Sociology of Religion
- Sociology of Work
- Technology in Society
- Sociology of Globalization
Online sociology programs can be good options for individuals who want to continue to work a full-time schedule or prefer to not commute to a physical classroom. Advances in online education have increased the interactivity and engagement of online students through tools like virtual classrooms and livestreaming lectures with video teleconferencing. Some schools also provide online platforms that allow students to collaborate and engage in discussions with fellow students and professors through social technologies. It is important to conduct research on the sociology degree programs you are considering to verify that they are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
Sociology Programs by State
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