Sociology Major

The sociology department offers a major in sociology and a concentration in family studies. 

The following requirements apply to all students who entered CSB/SJU in the Fall of 2005 or later. The former requirement of SOCI 367 is eliminated from the major effective Spring 2011 and is replaced by an additional elective. 

Sociology Major

Required Courses (40 credits):
-SOCI-111   Introduction to Sociology

Enter the fascinating world of Sociology.  This course provides a great introduction to the many intriguing subjects that sociologists study.  We look at a whole range of topics-from what the self is, how it develops, how the process of socialization works... to the major institutions in society like education, the political system, and the economy... to the major forms of inequality affecting our lives in this society-race/ethnicity, gender, and class.  You will come to understand the science by which sociologists gather and analyze data, how they know what they know.  In the process, you will begin developing your own sociological imagination.  You'll be surprised how much you've always taken for granted about society...  In better understanding how our world works, you'll be better able to take an active role in your own life.  Come join us in the quest!

-SOCI-201  Social Statistics

How well can you characterize a group in terms of a simple number?  How do you know whether a case is typical or different from expectations?  How do you know whether someone else has legitimately summarized their results?  Knowledge of statistical analysis can help you become a better communicator and consumer of information.  By understanding the basic techniques of statistical analysis, you can better discern bogus, biased, or incomplete claims from supported claims made from actual data.  This is an introductory course in statistics that begins at levels of measurement and ends with OLS regression techniques.  The course is useful for anyone that is interested in understanding and/or engaging in social science research.

 -SOCI-204  Contemporary Social Theory                                                                                                                                                   

This survey course is designed to introduce students to some of the major contributions to social theory.   Who are the giants who shaped our discipline?  Who are the people whose ideas guide our research?  The course begins with a critical assessment of a number of differing definitions that have been offered for the word "theory."  From there, the course moves to an examination of the establishment of sociology as a separate academic discipline in Western Europe in the early 19th century.  The study of individual theorists begins with an extended study of "the big three" (Marx, Durkheim and Weber), followed by a consideration of George Herbert Mead and the symbolic interactionists.  We will then consider the rise of American functionalism and rational choice theory.  The course concludes with overviews of contemporary topics such as feminist social theory and postmodern theory.

SOCI-302   Social Research Methods

Are you the type that likes to find the answers for yourself? Does society fascinate you? Then this is the class for you! Social Research Methods will provide you with the tools you need to conduct your own investigations on the social world. You will learn about different social research methods, including but not limited to: experiments, surveys, ethnographies, and content analyses.  You will engage in hands-on activities to practice these methods and read interesting examples of high-quality studies demonstrating them. Your semester will culminate in an applied research project in which we will design and execute a survey of sophomores at CSB/SJU in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research.

-SOCI- 396  Sociology Capstone: Sociology in the Workplace

This course is designed for Sociology majors who are finishing their coursework and are preparing for graduate studies or the world of work, whether in paid or volunteer positions. It provides an integrative academic experience which engages majors in key debates and issues of concern to sociologists. In addition, the capstone is designed to prepare students for the transition to graduate school and/or to a career by exploring the applicability of sociology in the workplace. Students will reflect on and clearly articulate what sociology is, what it means to think and work like a sociologist, and what unique talents and abilities they bring to organizations, to their careers, and to life because of their education in sociology. Through books, discussions, papers, and explorations of a workplace or career of the student's choice, we will review key elements of the discipline of sociology, applying and integrating what students have learned in the major.

Also 20 additional credits in sociology.