The B.A. degree in sociology presents a general program to prepare students for a wide variety of positions in business, industry, government, health-related services, or social services. It is also designed to prepare undergraduate students for graduate work in the study of sociology, law, public administration, media studies, demography, crime/deviance, or other social science disciplines. Its emphasis upon scholarly research culminates in either Internship in Sociology (SOC488) or Senior Seminar (SOC490). The freedom of choice in selection of courses permits students to develop a particular specialty within sociology, either to meet special career interests or to meet graduate program requirements.
Sociology majors are prepared for careers in community organizations, criminal justice units, and government agencies as advisers, internal or external consultants, and counselors. Students who attend graduate school usually pursue sociology, education, business, or law.
Graduates have been hired as site managers for social service agencies, college admissions counselors, research assistants, counselors, police officers, case workers, and skills-development specialists for the developmentally disabled. Typical hiring firms include social service agencies, nonprofit advocacy organizations, and businesses requiring individuals with analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Recent graduates have been hired by companies and agencies such as Ingram Micro, U.S. Customs Service, Crisis Services, Niagara Mohawk, People Inc., KidsPeace, Niagara County Department of Social Services, Gateway-Longview, Research Institute on Addictions, Compass House, Buffalo Urban League, Stepping Stones Learning Center, and Bailey Delavan Community Services.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Sociology 42 cr
A. Required Courses (21 cr)
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 300W Methods in Social Research OR SOC 302W Applied Social Research
SOC 301 Social Statistics
SOC 330 Social Psychology
SOC 400W Foundations of Sociological Thought
SOC 408W Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 488 Internship in Sociology OR SOC 490 Seminar in Sociology
B. Inequality Electives (6 cr)
SOC 240 Analyzing Social Problems
SOC 310 Sociology of Sex and Gender
SOC 321 The African American Family
SOC 333 Sociology of Social Movements
SOC 350 Power, Class, and Inequality
SOC 351 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SOC 353 Environment and Society
SOC 430 Sociology of International Development and Underdevelopment
C. Sociology Electives (15 cr)
At least five additional courses in sociology. Students may, in consultation with their advisor, use these electives to develop
a specialty cluster.
All College Electives 14–41 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr