Sociology

The objectives of the sociology major are to teach the student the nature and functions of the social order and the social process essential to personality development. By studying our complex and changing society in depth, individuals can better accept, modify or oppose social forces in the light of their own values. The sociology major seeks to:

  • prepare the student for a career in areas involving human relations. While some sociology courses can be helpful in any vocation, students planning their life work primarily around interaction with people might consider taking sociology courses or majoring or minoring in the field. Vocational possibilities include a wide variety, both public and private, of social service and social work-related environments from criminal justice to family and child welfare agencies, teaching, vocations related to the church, personnel, probation and parole, human resources, administration in business or government, social research, race relations and other social action. In some of these vocations employment may be found upon graduation from college. For others, more specialized training in graduate school is strongly urged.
  • provide information on means of social action for those whose conscience calls them to work for social justice and peaceful resolution of conflict in families and communities - local, national, international. This knowledge is of special value for those interested in civic leadership, voluntary service and church institutions; and
  • provide students opportunity to prepare for an academic career in a graduate sociology program.


Bluffton's sociology major is delivered collaboratively with Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College and thus builds on the strengths of each of the three schools. Students will take a limited number of courses through video conferencing and online learning.

Major (40 hours)

required:
(22 hours)
SOC 152 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 225 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
SOC 264 Social Theory (3)
SOC 330 Social Justice and Social Change (3)
SOC 360 Basics of Social Research (3)
SOC 365 Seminar in Social Research (3)
SOC 411 Capstone Senior Seminar (4)

electives:
(18 hours)
Choose six courses from the following:
SOC 185 Women in Society (3)
SOC 210 Social Stratification (3) Eastern Mennonite University via video conference
SOC 240 Ethnography and Culture (3) Goshen College via video conference
SOC 275 Criminology
(3)
SOC 258 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 284 General Statistics (3)
SOC 310 Environmental Sociology (3) Goshen College via video conference
SOC 350 Urban Sociology (3) Eastern Mennonite University via video conference

Minor (21 hours)

Required:
(12 hours)
SOC 152 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 264 Social Theory (3)
SOC 360 Basics of Social Research (3)
SOC 225 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

Electives: (9 hours)
Choose 3 from the following:
SOC 185 Women in Society (3)
SOC 210 Social Stratification (3) Eastern Mennonite University via video conference
SOC 240 Ethnography and Culture (3) Goshen College via video conference
SOC 275 Criminology (3)
SOC 258 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 284 General Statistics (3)
SOC 310 Environmental Sociology (3) Goshen College via video conference
SOC 330 Social Justice and Social Change (3)
SOC 350 Urban Sociology (3) Eastern Mennonite University via video conference

September 2014