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SOCIOLOGY.

B.A. Degree in Sociology
Minor in Sociology
Secondary Teacher Licensure

Sociology Major – The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology Degree

Study Sociology to understand how human behavior is affected by social forces and structures, and how an 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. Catawba College Sociology majors continue this tradition.

If you seek to gain knowledge about how human societies function, change, and preserve themselves, and how individual behavior is impacted by societal hierarchy, then pursuing a Sociology degree at Catawba College may be the undergraduate path for you.

Thanks to small classes with knowledgeable and inspiring faculty, Catawba students who graduate with bachelor’s degree in Sociology are well-positioned for a wide variety of careers. Our students develop a sociological mind through meaningful internships and service learning experiences at local human service organizations. Catawba Sociology students conduct their research in our Social Science Research course. In short, they grow to both understand and aptly assess individual behaviors in societal contexts.


Minor in Sociology

Catawba offers a minor in Sociology.


Secondary Teacher Licensure

Sociology students may seek secondary (grades 9-12) teacher licensure in Comprehensive Social Studies. Students pursuing Comprehensive Social Studies licensure should consult with the Department of Teacher Education for additional required coursework.


Sociology Program Highlights

The Sociology Bachelor of Arts degree program at Catawba College will help you focus on ways you can work to help individuals both strive and thrive in globalized human societies. You will learn how the sociology of the human family has evolved and how social inequalities can be rectified.

We know that employers value the ability to read well, write well, and present well. We teach and reinforce these skills in every Sociology course that a student takes as part of the major or minor. Our Sociology majors have gone on to pursue careers in law, health care, education, and social work.

Internships in Sociology
Internships in Sociology.

Catawba students put what they learn in the classroom to work during internships that allow them to gain professional skills while building their resumes. These internships give Sociology majors an opportunity to see how their academic program of study can be used in practical settings. In particular, students in Applied Human Services receive instruction and placement with local groups. 

Recently, more than 50% of Catawba’s Sociology majors have completed successful and rewarding internships as a Guardian ad Litem in the local court system, at the Salisbury Police Department, at the Rowan County District Attorney’s Office, and at the North Carolina Veterans Home.

RELATED BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Outcomes

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SOCIOLOGY DEGREE JOBS.

Catawba College graduates with B.A. degrees in Sociology are at work in the following positions:

    • Social Worker
    • Community Development Employee
    • Social Researcher
    • International Aid Worker
    • Bereavement Coordinator
    • Return-to-Work Coordinator
    • Probation/Parole Officer
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba Sociology majors inlude:

    • N.C. State University
    • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    • University of Southern Mississippi
    • Duke University
    • UNC-Chapel Hill



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“My path to divinity school was a little different than that of others – my background was in psychology and sociology.

"I have a passion for people and understanding them as individuals and communities. I want to continue experiencing different perspectives like I have in the liberal arts setting that Catawba offered and hear different perspectives from many different people."

Ashley Acken '13
Double major in psychology  and sociology; Accepted after her graduation into Duke University’s Divinity School where she pursued a Master of Divinity degree.

Faculty

Dr. Edith Bolick ’70

Professor of Sociology Dr. Edith Bolick ’70 says she’s blessed to teach at her undergraduate alma mater.  Since joining the faculty at Catawba in 1985, her first love remains the classroom experience with students.

Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery

Professor of Sociology Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery is known as Dr. V-A by her students.  Her particular academic interests include exploring the sociology of families and the various ways in which social inequality manifests itself in our society.

Dr. Buster Smith

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Dr. Buster Smith has teaching and research interests in the sociology of religion with an emphasis in showing the interdisciplinary nature of studying society.  He is also the author of “American Secularism” published in 2015 by New York University Press.

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Sociology
Required Courses for B.A. in Sociology

SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 1501 Social Problems

3

SOC 2201 Contemporary Social Theory

3

SOC 2221 Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences

      OR

MATH 1132 Introduction to Statistics

3

SOC 2301 Social Science Research

4

SOC 2401 Social Inequalities

3

SOC 4101 Sociology Capstone Seminar

3

Sociology electives (9 hours must be at least 3000-level courses)

15

 

Total:

37

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 2201 Contemporary Social Theory (3)

     OR

SOC 2301 Social Science Research (4)

3-4

Electives in Sociology (6 hours must be at least 2000- level courses)

12

 

Total:

18-19

Requirements for Teacher Licensure
Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Students seeking secondary (grades 9-12) teacher licensure in Comprehensive Social Studies must satisfy the requirements for the B.A. degree in Sociology and the requirements for undergraduate teacher licensure (including the Secondary Education Minor and student teaching) outlined under the heading for the Department of Teacher Education in the Catawba College catalog. Students must include in their program: 

  • HIST 1492
  • HIST 1776
  • HIST 2400
  • ECON 1901
  • EDUC 2105
  • POLS 1101
  • SOC 1101 or 1501

Students seeking to apply for teacher licensure in more than one subject area should consult with the Department of Teacher Education as to current requirements for this process.

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3 hours)
An introduction to "the sociological imagination," a distinctive way of understanding human behavior. The course is a broad survey of the principles, methods, concepts, and theoretical perspectives of sociology.

1202 GLOBAL SOCIETIES (3 hours)
A study of the development of the major types of societies in human history with emphasis on sociocultural diversity in today’s world.

1301 MARRIAGE AND FAMILIES (3 hours)
Astudy of intimate relationships and families including mate selection, gender roles, communication, early marital adjustment, finances, and parenthood.

1501 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (3 hours)
A survey of major contemporary social problems and solutions designed to ameliorate these problems.

2101 CRIME AND DELINQUENCY (3 hours)
An analysis of the nature and extent of criminal behavior, current practices in crime control, and the criminal justice system.

2104 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (3 hours)
An investigation of a selected topic of a major importance in the field of sociology at the introductory level.

2201 CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THEORY (3 hours)
A study of functionalist, exchange, conflict, and other theories and their relevance to modern Sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 1101.

2221 DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 hours)
Same as PSYCH 2221. A survey of the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of central tendency, variability and correlation, probability as applied to statistical decision-making, and parametric and non parametric analysis of data, including ANOVA.

2301 SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (4 hours)
An introduction to the process of social science research and an overview of the research methods most commonly used in sociology, political science, psychology, and related fields. Prerequisite: at least one course in political science, psychology, or sociology.

2401 SOCIAL INEQUALITIES (3 hours)
An examination of patterns of social stratification and inequality in modern industrial societies, particularly inequalities based on race, class, and gender.

2601 SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS (3 hours)
A study of concepts, methods, and theoretical perspectives in the sociological study of formal organizations, occupations, and work. Includes examples and applications from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. (Offered in alternate years)

3101 MINORITY-MAJORITY RELATIONS (3 hours)
An analysis of the relations between dominant and minority groups in American society. Prerequisite: SOC 2401.

3102 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (3 hours)
An examination of religion from a sociological perspective. Particular topics include conversion, church-sect typology, and deviant religious groups. Same as REL 3102.

3104 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (1-3 hours)
An investigation of a selected topic of major importance in the field of Sociology.

3502 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (3 hours)
An examination of traditional and contemporary theories of social movements. Includes case studies of selected past and present movements. Prerequisite: SOC 1101 or SOC 1501.

3503 APPLIED HUMAN SERVICES (3 hours)
An exploration of the role and purpose of human service agencies and human service professionals. Students will apply sociological concepts to their direct work with a local human service agency. Prerequisite: SOC 1101 or SOC 1501 or permission of the Instructor.

4101 SOCIOLOGY CAPSTONE SEMINAR (3 hours)
A capstone experience for Sociology majors that will integrate knowledge learned in the major. Prerequisite: Senior-level standing or permission of Instructor.

4201 FIELDWORK IN SOCIOLOGY (1-6 hours)
Practical field experience in a socially oriented agency. Prerequisite: SOC 1101 and permission of the Instructor. (Application must be completed one semester in advance of registration.)

4202 PRACTICUM IN SOCIOLOGY (1-6 hours)
An application of sociological theory and methods to a supervised research project.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIOLOGY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff.