9.32. Sociology

Programs offered:

B.A. in Sociology
B.A. in Sociology with Concentration in Social Work
Minor in Sociology (TU)

Sociology is the study of human society, culture and conduct from a variety of perspectives that include interpersonal, institutional and aggregate levels of analyses. At the interpersonal level, sociologists may study personality formation in social contexts or how the individual responds to social opportunities and constraints. At the institutional level, sociologists attempt to analyze social institutions (such as the family, religion and the state) and social structures (such as social classes and racial and ethnic stratification) that shape human conduct. And at the aggregate level, sociology focuses on the study of large-scale influences ranging from demographics to social movements to cultural systems.

The mission of the Sociology faculty is to introduce students to such studies within a liberal arts setting by developing each student’s analytical, writing, speaking and methodological skills, as well as his or her ability to comprehend and explicate difficult texts. Sociology majors should be able, through written and oral analyses, to make arguments whose conclusions follow from evidence carefully and logically presented. They should be able to distinguish between informed and uninformed opinion. In addition, each Sociology student will be expected to master essential knowledge within the areas of sociological theory, research methodology and statistics and within at least three content areas. In order to encourage a practical understanding of social problems and institutions, students, where appropriate, are urged to seek internships. Students bound for graduate school are encouraged to master a foreign language.

B.A. in Sociology (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:

MAT 111              Statistics
SOC 101               Introduction to Sociology
SOC 310               Survey of Research Methods
SOC 403               Sociological Theory

  1. Completion of five additional Sociology electives.
  2. Additional requirements and things to note:
  1. At least six of the nine required courses must be taken at Oglethorpe.
  2. COR 201 Human Nature and the Social Order I and COR 202 Human Nature and the Social Order II must be completed by all Sociology majors who enter Oglethorpe with less than junior status.
  3. No course taken in completion of the major can be used towards any other major or minor.

B.A. in Sociology with Concentration in Social Work (see Sec. 8.5.1. for a complete list of B.A. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:

SOC 101               Introduction to Sociology
SOC 303               Field of Social Work
SOC 304               Methods of Social Work

  1. Completion of four additional Sociology electives.
  2. Completion of SOC 402 Field Experience in Social Work (12-16 hours).
  3. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. No course taken in completion of the major can be used towards any other major or minor.

Minor in Sociology (TU)

  1. Completion of SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology.
  2. Completion of three Sociology electives (totaling at least 12 semester hours).
  3. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. At least three of the four required courses must be taken at Oglethorpe.
    2. No course taken in completion of the minor can be used towards any other major or minor.