Sociology is the science of the human condition, the study of society, and the analysis of social relations.

sociology classWhile a major in sociology is useful regardless of career choice, Lander’s program also prepares students for a variety of more specialized occupational opportunities in fields such as non-profit organizations, social work, corrections, law enforcement, survey research, policy analysis, vocational guidance, counseling, human services, personnel management in industry, and public health.

For the student with well-defined occupational goals, careful selection of cognates and electives provides the basis of a highly specialized and focused education, directed toward preparation for specific areas of occupation. For the student with loosely defined occupational goals, the major can serve as a broad-based educational experience in which many occupational opportunities can be explored.

Undergraduate majors in sociology will:

  1. demonstrate the ability to describe and appropriately use key sociological concepts;
  2. demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and analyze sociological research;
  3. demonstrate the ability to apply sociological theory to the analysis and understanding of concrete social phenomena; and
  4. demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities in the profession of sociology and related fields.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 211

Statistical Methods I

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
SOCI 101  Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 202  Social Problems 3
SOCI 398  Methods of Social Research 3
SOCI 399  Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 490  Sociology Internship 3
SOCI 499  Capstone Senior Seminar 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
  Sociology elective 3
  Sociology elective 3
  Sociology elective 3
  300- or 400-level Sociology elective 3
  300- or 400-level Sociology elective 3
     
Total Major Program Requirements 33
Additional Electives 52
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses