Sociology is the branch of science which specializes in the study of human societies and human social interaction
As part of a liberal arts education, the program in sociology has three main goals:
- to convey basic knowledge of human societies and social relations leading to the development of a perspective for understanding and appreciating the diversity and potentiality of human cultures;
- to develop skills in collecting and analyzing social data, in speaking and writing clearly and effectively, and in thinking logically and critically;
- to prepare students for employment in the social services or for graduate study in sociology, social work, or a related field.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in sociology will:
- understand the sociological perspective.
- understand the principles of good social science research methodology.
- understand the major theoretical paradigms of sociology.
- understand the complexity and interaction of social groups in United States culture in terms of race/ethnicity, sex/gender, social class, sexual orientation, age and disability.
- understand the diversity of collective human behavior and belief.
The major requires a minimum of 35 credit hours and must include the introductory courses:
- SOC 121 Microsociology
- SOC 141 Macrosociology
- SOC 251 Minorities
- SOC 341 Social Research Methods
- SOC 342 Sociological Theory
- SOC/CJS 371 Professional Seminar
- MATH 211 Elementary Statistics plus four sociology courses numbered 261 through 491, with the exception of SOC 455, and one other sociology course.
- Students electing to double major in sociology and criminal justice studies may not use the same elective courses to satisfy the elective requirement for both majors. In addition to the required courses, sociology majors are encouraged to choose electives from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences and other social sciences, and to include off-campus experiences, such as the social science internship.
- A declaration of a major in sociology must be filed no later than the first semester of the junior year.
- A C average is required for the sociology major and/or minor and the criminal justice studies major to graduate.