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Sociology Degrees

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human social behavior. It's developing an understanding of social framework and its unique influence on the way people act and behave, group structures, group processes and social changes.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Sociology major?

Depending on the track they select, Sociology degree prepare students for careers in:

  • Police/Probation Officers/ FBI
  • Case Management/Human Services Workers
  • Family-Consumer Advocates
  • Community Planners
  • Research Assistants
  • Claims Investigators

What makes Walsh's Sociology major unique?

  • Specialized Focus. Walsh's Sociology major emphasizes core skills and knowledge in patterns of human behavior. Students can choose one of three career-oriented paths that are built upon these skills and focus on particular areas of social problems:
    - Applied Family Studies
    - Applied Criminology/Criminal Justice
    - Applied Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Experiential Opportunities. Sociology majors gain hands-on experience in their senior year through either an internship or original research project.
  • Understanding Social Issues. We offer courses that study social problems such as criminal justice, minority groups, family systems and population. By examining issues like these within societies, our students learn how to best approach and combat these issues in their future careers.

Generally speaking, within the sociology curriculum, what courses will I need to take?

There are four core courses that Sociology students must take in addition to other major and liberal arts courses:

  • Social Problems or Principles of Sociology
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics

Students who select Criminology/Criminal Justice also take:

  • Addictions
  • Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Crimes and Justice
  • Criminology
  • Deviance
  • Corrections
  • Women in Prison
  • Victimology
  • Supreme Court and the Constitution

Students who select Family Studies also take:

  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Family Systems
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Addictions
  • Critical Issues in Development
  • Health, Healing and Wellness
  • Death, Dying and Bereavement

Students who select Research Methods and Data Analysis also take:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Grant Writing
  • Data Collection Techniques
  • Data Analysis and Management
  • Senior Research Project

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with Sociology Degrees?

Internships are arranged on an individual basis by an internship advisor. Typical internships for students with a Sociology Major include placement in an agency, business or government department.

Students intern in police departments, correctional facilities, health agencies, pre-trial release services, workers' compensation agencies, aging agencies, minority services, family court, family services, adoption agencies, migrant services, insurance companies and intensive probation programs. Students engaging research may be placed in a business or institution soliciting research and data analysis proficiency.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Dr. Penny Bove, Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences
(330) 490-7257

Alumni Profile

George Selim

George Selim

Job Title: Director for Community Partnerships

Place of Employment: National Security Council at the White House

Major: Sociology

Graduation Year: 2002

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