Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Sociology/Applied Concentration
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and economic class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory and application of knowledge.
The mission of the Sociology program at California University of Pennsylvania is to teach you to think critically about the structure and processes characteristic of all human groups and social systems. This program encourages exploration of the interrelationships among the individual, social institutions and the cultural context.
As a student majoring in Sociology, you will learn to use sociological theories and methodologies to challenge ethnocentric assumptions, conduct research, test hypotheses and understand structured patterns in social behavior. Given that sociology is the study of society itself, which is constantly changing, you will be aware of the need to adapt and continue the process of lifelong learning. Moreover, being aware of cultural contingencies in the form of morality, values, ethics, and law will help you make right decisions, hence building character. Good character includes integrity, civility and responsibility.
The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Applied Sociology further prepares you for a range of opportunities after graduation. Possibilities include careers as mediators, group facilitators, and organization consultants. Graduates may work in diverse applied settings such as industry, government, higher education, social services, criminal justice, youth programs, faith-based programs, law, research institutes, hospitals, museums, and voluntary associations, and as solo practitioners/consultants.
Get a description of each of Cal U's Sociology courses from our Course Catalog.
The Applied concentration in Sociology is geared to the student who wishes to pursue a career in research in applied settings and who seeks practical experience using sociological concepts, methods, and theory.
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“Life’s a journey, not a destination.” Michael Hennessey (Applied Sociology,’06) likes to echo these words from the band, Aerosmith. Although he had to overcome many challenges in his personal journey, including surviving a stroke, Hennessey encourages everyone to set realistic goals and work to achieve them. Today, as a Supports Coordinator/Enrollment Specialist for Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL), Hennessey coordinates various services that allow people with physical disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities. “There’s no better feeling in the world than the feeling of accomplishment and being able to say ‘I did it!’”