Since Auguste Comte coined the term in the early part of the nineteenth century, sociology has been one of the most popular majors on college and university campuses. With an emphasis on the study of human societies, sociology covers a wide area including politics, religion, the economy, the legal system, the family, social work, and folklore.
In Benedictine's Sociology program, you will learn how people organize themselves and behave in society. Taking a cross-cultural perspective, you will study such topics as human culture; the interaction between and within groups; the creation, evolution, and transmission of group norms; and the primary factors that hold groups together and/or weaken them. You will also learn about the statistical and research methods used by professional sociologists, as well as gain exposure to the fundamentals of the other social sciences (psychology and economics).
Students who choose to major in sociology complete a six-course "department core" and then select one of two concentrations: sociology or criminal justice. Interested students also have the option to pursue a minor in the field.
As a sociology major, you will complete at least 39 credit hours of coursework with a grade of "C" or better. You will learn the fundamental concepts of sociological study, statistics, research methods in the social sciences, the origins and development of sociological theory to modern times and how to do a senior thesis in the program's capstone course.
All majors are required to complete the "department core" and then select one of two concentrations within the program: sociology or criminal justice. All courses in the Department must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Majors are also required to complete MATH 105, MATH 108, or MATH 110(3) with a grade of “C” or better and fulfill the
social science core requirement by taking one course in psychology, one in economics, and
one in political science/anthropology.
The sociology concentration consists of 7 elective courses.
The criminal justice concentration of the sociology major consists of 22 hours of coursework:
A Sociology minor consists of a program of courses totaling at least 21 hours, submitted to and
approved by the program director, including at least 12 hours of courses at the 200-level or above,
of which at least three hours must be at the 300-level and must be completed with a "C" or better.
PSYC 150, PSYC 251, and PSYC 351 may not be included for the minor.
Students desiring to be certified to teach sociology-anthropology at the secondary level (grades 6-12) are required to major in social science.