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Studying sociology gives you research, communication, and analytical skills you need
to succeed in today's marketplace. Our graduates have gone into careers in education,
law, social work, human resources, counseling and health-related professions.
Our department offers many opportunities for you to go above and beyond your course
Distinction in Sociology
To graduate with Distinction in Sociology, you must have at least a 3.5 grade point
average in sociology and non-sociology courses and complete a research project.
Research Project Requirements
You're required to plan and conduct your own research project. You'll need to defend
your proposal and final paper to your committee.
Forming a Committee
You need to choose one faculty member to chair your committee. This person will guide
and evaluate your work throughout the two semesters it typically takes to complete
the project. Once you choose your chair, the two of you will consult with each other
to select the other three members of your committee. At the end of your research project,
you'll present to these faculty members and they'll need to reach consensus in order for
you to pass.
Awards and Fellowships
We understand how hard our students work. That's why we recognize it by offering several
awards and fellowships you can earn throughout your time here.
We offer both a Bachelor of the Arts and a Bachelor of Science in addition to our