Sociology Bachelor of Arts
Department of Sociology
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Would you like to know how organizations such as business corporations, religious communities, and governments function and evolve? Have you ever wondered how the roles of families, communities, and cultures have changed over time or differed from place to place? Would you like to know how other societies work and what we can learn from their successes and failures? Do you wonder why humans practice religion, engage in crime, and play at sport? Would you like to know how you could contribute to the solution of a pressing social problem? If your answers to these questions are “yes”, then a major in Sociology may be right for you.

Sociology is the study of social life, focusing on the mutual interaction between human groups and institutions. Human beings, through patterned social interaction, construct and reconstruct the social webs within which they live. The nature and type of social relationships are central to their lives. Sociologists study relationships within family units from the most primitive cultures to interactions of large, bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Social issues are studied in a variety of ways: 1) direct observation of groups; 2) surveying or interviewing individuals; 3) analyzing historical research; and a variety of other methods. Few fields of study have such broad scope and relevance.

Sociology majors have many opportunities to pursue broad and diverse ranges of interest. Students gain a sense of social perspective, an understanding of human affairs, an ability to think critically, and a capacity to write well. The curriculum includes general courses in the arts and humanities and the social sciences along with sociology coursework. A generous selection of electives allows students to major or minor in a complementary discipline. Sociology offers three concentrations: General Sociology, Environmental Sociology, and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Environmental Sociology takes sociology’s long-established disciplinary orientation to the world and applies it to the study of nature-society relations. Sociology is about people, institutions and behaviors. It is about social interactions and social structures. The task of the sociologist, therefore, is to stand back from commonsense views of the world and understanding the structure and processes of a society as a whole, including global societies. Environmental Sociology is about translating these tasks into analysis and action around environmental issues. Some of the pressing contemporary issues that Environmental Sociology can be applied to are, for example, transboundary pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, water and soil degradation, etc.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice concentration supplements general sociological training with coursework focused specifically on criminology, law, deviance, and correctional organizations. Students who choose this concentration within Sociology are usually preparing for various careers within the criminal justice system. Sociology majors also may attain certification in one of the interdisciplinary study programs such as Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, or Russian and East Central European Studies.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Ability to analyze the influence of group activities on individual members
* Capacity to study human behavior
* Ability to examine groups and social institutions
* Excellent writing skills
* An understanding of social bonds
* Disciplined study of social interaction, groups, organizations, institutions, whole societies, and interacting sets of societies
* Research and data collection skills
* Following and tracking the components of arguments
* Ability to test ideas by summoning supportive and contrary evidence
* Ability to draw conclusions disciplined by reasoned evidence
* Ability to detect false inferences
* An understanding of population dynamics, social classes, informal and formal organizations, and institutions
* Understanding of the processes of change

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Careers are exceptionally varied for sociology majors. Participating in internships and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Sociology graduates apply their education to a large variety of occupations in the nonprofit, private and public sectors. Because sociology graduates possess a number of transferable communication, analytical, and people skills, they find positions in government, industry, and academia. Many employers appreciate liberal arts majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can pursue careers in Sociology or attain advanced positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Depending on your interests, the electives you take or the concentration you select, available career choices include but are not limited to:
* Business manager
* Personnel director
* City manager
* Clinical social worker
* College/university instructor
* Human relations director
* Demographer
* Government aide
* Labor relations specialist
* Market analyst
* Researcher
* Medical administrator
* Police officer
* Politician
* Probation/parole officer
* Program director/manager
* Public administrator
* Publisher
* Sociologist-specialist
* Consultant
* Criminologist
* Industrial sociologist
* Lawyer
* Librarian

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Sociology Club
* Liberal Arts College Council
* Sociological Honors Society
* Society for the Study of Social Problems
* American Society of Criminology
* Academy of Criminal Justice
* American Sociological Association

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Sociology
B258 Clark Building
1784 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1784
970-491-6044
http://sociology.colostate.edu/
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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