Dr. Konia Kollehlon, Associate Professor of Sociology
Sr. Mary Johnson, SND, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies
Dr. Roxana Moayedi, Professor of Sociology
Sociology is the scientific study and interpretation of group life. It provides a human perspective on the study of urban life, family patterns and relationships, work, and organizational structures. Gender, race, social class, social change, and current social issues are the focus of research and analysis.
The primary goal of this program is to enable students to develop a "sociological imagination," giving them the ability to connect individual private experience with social structure through concrete experiences and a strong theoretical perspective. Teaching this deceptively simple insight, that people are affected by social forces and that social institutions are affected by their members, is the major focus of the discipline.
Majoring in sociology prepares students for graduate school and a wide variety of careers, such as social psychology, social research, social work, public administration, business, education, market research, law, and community planning.
A sociology major and minor are offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The sociology program also supports the criminal justice and human relations majors.
Required Courses (33 credits)
ALL of the following courses:
ONE course in statistics:
SIX additional courses in sociology or other approved courses
Social Justice Track
As part of the major, students may opt to take 5 of their 6 sociology elective courses in the Social Justice Track, which consists of specialized courses in this area.
ONE required course:
FOUR additional courses from the following:
Required Courses (18 credits)
ONE introductory course:
ONE course chosen from between:
FOUR additional courses in sociology or other approved courses, excluding field work. Students majoring in Human Relations may not declare a minor in sociology.
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the sociology major.
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the sociology major.
Grades in Major Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of “C-” (1.7) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major with the exception of SOCY 499 (Senior Seminar). In that course, students must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) to fulfill the requirements for the major.
Courses fulfilling major requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.
Students will fulfill their senior assessment through the senior seminar, which is to be taken within 2 semesters of graduation.
Students applying for credit in experiential learning should consult with the program faculty.
Credits in courses equivalent to those required for the major from a similar institution may be accepted toward a major. Students majoring in sociology must take a minimum of four sociology courses at Trinity in addition to the Senior Seminar.
Course DescriptionsMATH 110