Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011




S. Adair, Chair; B. Day, M. Erdmans, J. Greenebaum, E. Kaminski, B. Merenstein, J. R. Mitrano, J. O'Connor, A.F. Pearson, (Dept. Phone: 860-832-3135)

Department Overview

The Department of Sociology prepares students to become thoughtful, engaged, and responsible citizens in an interdependent world. Students are provided with a firm understanding of the complex social structures and processes that connect their private lives and experiences to their present society, as well as to the multi-varied characteristics of a global society. More specifically, the mission of the department is to foster logical and analytical reasoning, social scientific inquiry, a socio/historical consciousness, and an understanding of the relationship between social inequality and matters of social justice.

The integrating principle underlying the curriculum is the linkage between theory, methods, and specific areas of sociological inquiry. The process involves developing the capacities for conceptualizing problems, locating them within general sociological paradigms, and evaluating solutions based on empirical analysis, established research, and the diverse needs, interests, and identities of affected communities.



Major in Sociology, BA (40 credits)

The seven required core courses enable students to acquire fundamental analytical research skills and theoretical perspectives of the discipline.



SOC 110Introductory Sociology3
SOC 210Sociology Inquiry3
SOC 212Race, Class, and Gender3
SOC 300Sociology Theory3
SOC 310Research Methods3
SOC 410Quantitative Analysis3
SOC 411Oral History for the Social Sciences3
SOC 412Qualitative Analysis3
SOC 495Passages & Prospects1

and 21 credits of sociology electives (12 of which must be at the 300- and/or 400-level, and with no more than 6 credits at the 100-level).Students are also required to successfully complete STAT 215.

Students wishing to major in sociology are required to meet with the department chair to pick up introductory materials and information, as well as to be assigned a faculty advisor. Substantive areas of study should be developed in conjunction with the student's departmental advisor. Independent studies and internship opportunities are available to qualified majors. Eligible students are encouraged to participate in Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honors Society.


Minor in Sociology (18 credits)

SOC 110Introductory Sociology3
SOC 212Race, Class, and Gender3

and 12 credits of electives, 6 of which must be at the 300 or 400 level

Minor in Gerontology

The minor in gerontology provides students with a solid background in different issues related to adult development and aging in order to prepare them to serve the aging population in various capacities. The minor incorporates courses from the schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, and Technology. For information on the Gerontology minor, see the page linked here.



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