Sociology is the rigorous, scientific study of human interaction and social organization. We approach the study of society from various theoretical perspectives but we expect all of our students to be proficient in the analysis of quantitative data. Students who select sociology as their major may choose to concentrate their studies in criminology (Sociology/Criminology option) or concentrate in other required related areas such as community sociology, social and political thought, data analysis, and global issues. We also offer a minor in sociology and criminology. These minors fit well with other social science and humanities majors. Our graduates work in law enforcement, human service organizations, research based organizations, as well as local, state, and federal government offices. Our major provides outstanding preparation for graduate school.
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Specific curriculum requirements for majors and minors can be found using the Academic Advisement link. Course descriptions are available in the undergraduate student catalog.
The mission of the MU Sociology program is to provide students with the ability to understand human behavior in the context of social, historical, cultural, political, environmental influences - that is, to enable students to develop a "sociological imagination" with which they can umderstand their place inand responsibility for the world around them. All human behavior is necessarily social behavior, making the Sociology major, the Criminology emphasis within the major, and the Sociology and Criminology minors, widely applicable. Students need to be able to acquire, synthesize, and apply sociological information.
The MU Sociology program has adopted the following student outcomes:
1. Sociology graduates demostrate written communication skills consistent with the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) essential learning outcomes.
2. Sociology graduates demonstrate information literacy.
3. Sociology graduates demonstrate the ability to interact appropriately with professionals in the community.