2017-2018 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Majors > Sociology Major, B.A.
Sociology is the study of social life and the social forces that shape human experience. Students who major in sociology are prepared for a wide range of careers in areas such as social action, social research, human services and administration in government agencies, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and social agencies. Many sociology majors continue their education and pursue professions such as city and community planning, research, politics, social policy, administration, criminology, law, social work and higher education.
The sociology major provides a strong foundation in sociological theory and research skills. Students also may take elective courses in a variety of more specialized subjects, such as social problems, gender, social inequality, ethnicity and criminology.
Many sociology majors undertake an internship or independent study as part of their program. Students have received credit for internships in government agencies, courts, law firms, political campaigns, women’s organizations, school systems, group homes for delinquents, research firms and health care agencies. Internships are individually arranged for students with specialized interests and career plans.
The sociology major requires a minimum of 30 credits in sociology. Additionally, students must earn at least a C- in SOC 101, SOC 259, SOC 260, SOC 261, SOC 470 and SOC 482 to fulfill the prerequisites for higher level courses and to continue in the major.
To complete the requirements, students may select from among a number of different elective courses in sociology.
Total Credit Hours: 27.0
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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