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  Dec 11, 2017
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Day)

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The sociology major provides students with an understanding of human social relationships and the social structures they construct.

The sociology major is designed to provide the student with a base of knowledge about society, social institutions, and social structures and how they affect social relations. The major is intended to provide students with a strong liberal arts background. This focus may lead to careers in government, business, human resources, health organizations, social work, gerontology, criminal justice, research or serve as the foundation to graduate studies in sociology, anthropology, law, social work, public health, management, or any program requiring a sophisticated knowledge of society, social processes, and social structure.


Students who complete degree requirements in sociology should be able to:

  • recognize and define current sociological concepts especially in the areas of social problems;
  • describe historical developments, current perspectives, and major sociological theories and theorists;
  • read, abstract, and interpret sociological research;
  • relate sociological principles and concepts to applied situations;
  • communicate clearly and effectively acquired knowledge of sociology both orally and in written form;
  • recognize problems, analyze situations, develop alternatives, and make decisions based on research and knowledge of sociology;
  • apply sociological analysis to any contemporary social situation;
  • design a sociological research proposal.


Student achievement in the sociology major is assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment includes formal course examinations, classroom participation, research papers, critical analysis papers, journals, individual and group projects, in-class presentations, role playing, self-appraisal, and videotaping. Students are encouraged to keep a portfolio of their experiences for reflective purposes, as well as to demonstrate their competencies when applying to graduate school and for positions in their field.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must complete at least half of the courses in the major/minor at Rivier University. For the major, a minimum of three upper-level courses must be taken at Rivier University.

General Education Requirements (minimum 42 credits)

Major Requirements (30 credits)

General Electives (48 credits)

Degree Requirements (minimum 120 credits)

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