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Overview

Our Goal
The discipline of sociology examines human behavior as it is affected by social forces and social structures, and explores how a person's individual experience is related to history, power, and culture. When a sociologist looks at society, she or he sees the link between private troubles and public concerns in a way that is grounded in a century or more of intellectual tradition. Our department continues this tradition by providing opportunities for students to learn how sociology contributes to a liberal arts understanding of social reality as they prepare for entry into a career and/or graduate school. In particular, sociology students develop analytical and research skills necessary for success in today's competitive job market.

 

About The Major
Catawba College offers a B.A. degree in sociology. The discipline of sociology examines human behavior as it is affected by social forces and social structures, and explores how a person's individual experience is related to history, power, and culture. When a sociologist looks at society, she or he sees the link between private troubles and public concerns in a way that is grounded in a century or more of intellectual tradition. Our majors continue this tradition.

All sociology majors complete a set of core disciplinary courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Statistics/Data Analysis
  • Social Science Research
  • Social Inequalities
  • Sociology Capstone Seminar

These core courses provide the intellectual foundation for an in depth study of the field pursued in 18 hours of sociology electives drawn from a variety classes such as:

  • Fieldwork in Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Marriage and Families
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociology of Work and Organizations
  • Minority-Majority Relations
  • Social Change and Social Movements
  • Applied Sociology: Action Research in the Human Services

Opportunities abound for experiential learning, independent study, and collaborative research. Students are limited only by their own imaginations.


About the Minor
To complete a minor in sociology, students must complete Introduction to Sociology, Contemporary Social Theory or Social Science Research, and 12 hours of sociology electives