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Sociology Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

At Briar Cliff, we study sociology through the lens of our Franciscan mission. We are dedicated to turning data and statistics into useful information that can help make the world a better place. 

Our Siouxland Research Center partners with public, private and non-profit organizations to conduct affordable research; while also giving our students professional experience with the some of today's most modern research technology and techniques.  

Our students have pursued graduate degrees or careers as teachers, lawyers, researchers, counselors, social workers, and dozens of other occupations devoted to making a difference.

As sociologists, we know this for certain: the impact you have depends on the choices you make.

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Core Sociology Major Courses

SOCY 124 - Principles of Sociology

Introduction to the field of sociology and its theories, concepts and research methods. Main topics are culture, the family, socialization, deviance, social stratification, race relations, gender, and economic and political globalization. Read more »

SOCY 228 - Contemporary Global Problems

A survey of the positive and negative outcomes of globalization, including increased economic interdependence, growing inequalities in income and wealth, urbanization and migration patterns, population and health issues, religious and ethnic tolerance, and war. Read more »

SOCY 340 - Social Science Research Methods

Principles of problem formulation, design, measurement, sampling, data collection and analysis; ethical considerations for research on human subjects. Students are given the opportunity to design or carry out a research project. Prerequisite: SOCY 124 or instructor's consent Read more »

SOCY 341 - Statistical Analysis

A research methods course involving the collection, manipulation, analysis and reporting of social science data using computer software (SPSS). Students will process original or secondary data and prepare reports for public presentation. Prerequisite: SOCY 340 or instructor's consent. Read more »

SOCY 439 - Sociological Theory

Seminar exploring ideas of social structure and social processes in the work of major classical and contemporary sociological theorists. Offered odd years. Read more »

SOCY 490 - Social Research Internship

An experiential learning opportunity in which advanced students apply theory and method in a practical research setting. Students may initiate their own research projects, do secondary analysis or participate in funded research projects of the Social Science Research Center at Briar Cliff University. Research topics vary, from analysis of crime statistics, census data, and drug use and abuse information to the evaluation of programs for social agencies and governmental bodies. The internship culminates in a senior research presentation. With departmental approval Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

Sociology majors must also take an additional 18 hours in sociology electives, of which a minimum of 12 hours must be comprised of 300-level courses and above.

Students may have no more than one "D" grade count toward their major coursework.