Sociology majors learn how to conduct and evaluate research, examine and contextualize the social bases of behavior, and analyze social institutions such as the economy, the family, education, religion, media, and government.
A sociology major is useful to students planning a career in any area where an understanding of human behavior, knowledge of social principles, and research skills are important. Sociology majors develop competency in the contextualization of social behavior, the formulation of social inquiry, the social research process and social analysis. Graduates are prepared to examine society from a critical, research-based stance and to see social issues through the lens of social structure and social processes.
Students majoring in sociology work with faculty in the department to select the appropriate sequence of courses in areas of special interest such as family, gender, and human relationships, or social control and social deviance. In addition, for students with a strong interest in psychology or social work, there is an opportunity to develop a double major program of study.
Upper-division sociology majors work with faculty on their own research projects, learning research skills from start to finish, and in off-campus, supervised internships, earning credits while exploring career choices. Students also complete a senior capstone project which serves as an opportunity to integrate and synthesize conceptual and research skills in a senior research project.
The objectives of the major program in sociology are to:
Graduates of Cabrini's sociology program are in graduate programs of sociology, statistics, social work and criminal justice. They are teaching and working in administration in secondary and post-secondary education, employed in pharmaceutical research, social work, mental health, school counseling, and human resources.
Special Requirements Students planning a major or minor in sociology or in criminology must submit an application to the department chair and receive department approval. Students planning double majors must consult with an advisor in the sociology department for course selection. All majors must maintain a 2.33 cumulative average in their major courses.
Sociology Honors Program Students who meet the following sociology department requirements will graduate with honors in the major: