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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of historical developments, current perspectives, and major sociological theories and theorists;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively acquired knowledge of sociology both orally and in written form;
  • Interpret and relate  sociological research to solutions of social problems;
  • Recognize problems, analyze situations, develop alternatives, and make decisions based on research and knowledge of sociology to design a sociological research proposal;
  • Demonstrate an open mindset and seek multiple perspectives about how human behavior impacts global resources to build a global community that practices sustainability, social and economic justice, and the art of being human;
  • Describe the career opportunities for college graduates of Sociology and to create and follow a career development action plan.


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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