Sociology is the scientific study of the social behavior of individuals, the workings of social structures such as social groups, organizations, cultures and societies, and the influence of these social structures on individual and group behavior. A central concern of sociology is the reciprocal relationship between the individual and society. Students majoring in sociology explore the ways in which society shapes us and, in turn, the ways in which we can shape society.

Our Sociology Program provides a multicultural perspective in which human lives are understood within the context of historical and macroscopic social forces. Our courses are designed to develop students' skills in analytical and critical thinking and oral and written communication. As a strong liberal arts major, sociology provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of positions in business and non-profit organizations, social services, research, the health professions, the criminal justice system, and public administration. The study of sociology provides a broad knowledge base for further graduate training for such professions as the law, education, medicine, and applied sociology.

Sociology majors at CNR gain a solid grounding in the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the field and are thus prepared to make their own contributions to sociological knowledge, beginning with an original empirical research project on a topic of their choice in the Social Research Practicum, taken in the senior year.

The Sociology Department offers a number of electives available to non-majors that take a sociological perspective on topics as diverse as social life itself, including gender, the family, ethnic relations, technology, and juvenile delinquency. While the introductory sociology course is not a formal prerequisite for sociology electives, taking the introductory course prior to an elective course will enhance the learning experience for non-majors.


The major in Sociology leads to the B.A. degree. The requirements for the major include a minimum of 36 credits in Sociology courses. In addition to 15 credits of elective courses, every Sociology major will include the following courses in her program:

  • SOC 100 - Introductory Sociology 3 cr.
  • SOW 220 - Social Science Research 3 cr.
  • SOC 350 - Sociological Theory 3 cr.
  • PSY 230 - Psychological Statistics 3 cr. OR MTH 117 - Elementary Statistics 3 cr.
  • SOC 390 - Reading Seminar 3 cr.
  • SOC 401 - Senior Thesis Proposal 3 cr.
  • SOC 480 - Senior Research Practicum 3 cr.


A student may minor in Sociology by completing 18 credits in Sociology, including SOC 100, SOC 350, and 12 credits in Sociology courses at the 200 level or above.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.