Sociology

Sociology studies the patterns of social structure and interaction from the micro-level through the macro- level of social analysis. It uses human demography and human ecology as a background for three major theoretical frameworks: Symbolic Interaction Theory, Functional Theory, and Conflict Theory. Sociology encourages students to develop a “sociological imagina- tion” through which they may develop insights into how social forces at all levels form a complex playing- field of social life on which, through their interaction with others, students may maximize their opportunities.

Outcomes

Students who complete the two sociology courses of- fered at Snow College are expected to demonstrate that they

  • know the major concepts of those courses;
  • know the major viewpoints of Symbolic Interaction
  • Theory, Functionalist Theory and Conflict Theory; 
  • know the concepts behind human ecology and human demography.

Careers

A Sociology degree can lead to many different types of careers. Sociology majors are employed in but not lim- ited to the following job fields: academic social service or rehabilitation institutions, corrections and criminal justice, business/industry marketing and research, health professions, government agencies, public rela- tions, management and human resources, etc.

Teaching and research can also be a popular career choice for sociologists.

A career in sociology as a teaching profession is a long- term commitment. One must have a Masters degree if one is to seek employment as a teacher at the two-year college level, and a Ph.D. if one seeks employment at a four-year college or university in either teaching, research, or both.

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