About Social Deviance
If your goal is to pursue professional training for a career in helping others, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology at PennWest California can be your foundation. Our undergraduate degree program in sociology now offers a unique concentration in social deviance. In sociology, behaviors or actions that violate social norms are called "deviance." This term includes aberrant social behavior, drug and alcohol addiction, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, domestic violence and more.
As a sociology major, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the societal variables (values, norms, ideologies, sanctions, mores) that exist, influence and change with social, cultural and political influences. The bachelor's degree in sociology integrates concepts from various academic disciplines to examine and tackle the real world issues of deviance as it relates to the aberrant, the diverse, the different, and the ever-evolving values and norms of our society and broader culture.
Gain a career advantage
PennWest California's undergraduate degree program in sociology will provide you with a basic interdisciplinary understanding of social deviance as a concept of difference and diversity, within the framework of cross-cultural and societal research. You'll also examine how deviance has been related to important social problems and institutional responses for the goals of treatment, understanding and influence.
Sociology courses are all application-based and will prepare you for a wide range of careers and jobs in such areas as probation and parole, drug, alcohol and addiction treatment, mental health case management, children and youth services, corrections, and victims and veterans services.
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