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Students pursuing a Sociology degree at Curry College listen to a professor speak in class

From cross cultural variation in families to urban population dynamics, students will take courses that will develop their ability to analyze different situations and set them up for success in a variety of people-centered career paths.

The sociology program at Curry College will offer you an in-depth look at contemporary human society including: group dynamics and social networks; social institutions like law, medicine, and education; migration and globalization; and intersectional identities. The course work brings together the disciplines of anthropology, with its cross-cultural perspectives; sociology, with its emphasis on American institutions and social issues; and social work and social policy, with its focus on intervention and social problems.

Course Requirements and Information

For the sociology course offerings, 1000-level courses provide a comprehensive descriptive overview at the introductory level, 2000-level courses provide an in-depth specialized study of a particular case, area, or social phenomenon and introduce theoretical perspectives and 3000-level courses analyze case materials applying theory critically in specific cases and consider the consequences of various theories on social policy and strategies for social change.

Any 2000-level sociology course is a prerequisite for any 3000-level sociology course. Any student who has grounds to request a waiver of this requirement may do so by contacting the Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice. This request must be made prior to enrolling in the upper-level sociology course.

Prerequisite:

SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination 3


Requirements for Sociology Major:

SOC 2130 Sociological Theory 3
SOC 2200 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC 2470 Sex, Gender and Sexuality 3
SOC 2510 Social Movements and Social Action 3
SOC 2600 Methods in Social Research 3
SOC 2760 Wealth, Poverty and Social Class 3
SOC 3900 Senior Seminar: Doing Sociology 3


Requirements in related areas:

MATH 1150 Statistics I 3


Electives:

Students must also take 3 courses (9 credits), at least one from the 3000-level. These courses may also be used toward a concentration.

Students can earn a minor in Sociology by taking SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology and four courses in the sociology curriculum at the 2000-level or above, with at least one course at the 3000-level.

Sociology majors are encouraged to experiential learning in fieldwork settings to observe social life and institutions and to participate in programs and projects designed to develop critical understandings of our society.

  1. Completion of EXP 2340, Introduction to Experiential Learning, with a grade of C or better;
  2. A 2.75 cumulative average overall;
  3. A 3.0 average in the major;
  4. No outstanding “Incomplete” in an earlier field placement.

Additionally, Sociology students electing to do an internship are required to take the co-requisite:

SOC 3450 SM - Sociology Internship Seminar

Mission:

The Sociology program at Curry College offers students the opportunity to look at small-scale interactions of daily life and the large- scale organization and functions of social institutions in various settings and societies. Students gain insight into how the social world transcends individuals in historically evolving structural and cultural patterns. The program enables students to understand the influence of diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation) and inequality on their lives and the lives of others. These influences will be framed under the larger themes of social justice and global awareness, with an emphasis on social construction and the ways in which these constructions create boundaries that categorize, separate, advantage, or marginalize people. Using the knowledge gained from this perspective, students will better understand how people live together and give meaning to their own actions and attribute meaning to others’ actions. Students will be able to think critically about solutions to social problems in the United States and globally. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness about themselves and the wider world and acquire knowledge and skills that are useful personally and professionally (e.g., human services, social work, criminal justice, politics, and business). The program and its faculty encourage community service and internships.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how sociology differs from and is similar to other social sciences
  • Describe how sociology contributes to an understanding of social life
  • Differentiate between micro and macro levels of sociological analysis
  • Explain the "sociological imagination" and apply to one's one life as an individual in society
  • Define theory and describe its role in building sociological knowledge
  • Explain and apply sociological perspectives
  • Identify basic research approaches and describe the general role of methods in building sociological knowledge
  • Demonstrate global awareness: How cultures and societies vary across time and space?
  • Explain how the process of socialization and agents of socialization such as family, work, religion, education, government, and peer groups shapes the development of the self and influences culture.
  • Recognize how social factors influence individuals' behavior, life chances, and life choices
  • Explain how people's actions and interactions influence society
  • Recognize how institutions mutually affect each other and individuals
  • Recognize the role of activism in social change
  • Define social policy and explain its importance
  • Explore the many forms of interlocking oppression that marginalize and disenfranchise 'other' groups.  Particular focus will paid to race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.

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