Sociology: Robert Morris University Sociology | Robert Morris University

Undergraduate

Humans are social beings, and we live in groups throughout our lives. Sociology is the study of those groups and of social behavior. Robert Morris University’s bachelor’s degree in sociology gives students a firm grounding in the discipline and prepares them for graduate programs and careers in sociology and related fields.

Students can specialize in a wide range of topics. The curriculum at RMU includes sociological theory, women in society, marriage and families, criminology, sport, and deviant behavior. Sociologists often design and conduct research in these areas, preparing reports for businesses, nonprofits, schools, and policymakers, as well as providing direct service to individuals through work in social service and community outreach programs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of sociologists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.” Sociologists specialize in a wide range of topics, including health, crime, racial and ethnic relations, families, poverty, gender, and aging. Sociologists often design and conduct research in these areas, analyze data, and prepare reports and other publications that are relevant for businesses, nonprofits, schools, and policymakers.

Sociologists also provide direct service to individuals through work in social service and community outreach programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment opportunities for these positions are growing due to overall population growth, particularly among the aging population, and the need for substance abuse treatment.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Admissions Counselor
  • Community Organizer
  • Juvenile Court Worker
  • Social and Community Service Manager                                                                       
  • Social Research Assistant                                                                     
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Below is a typical four-year course of study for psychology students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
READING & WRITING STRATEGIES ARGUMENT AND RESEARCH
INTERCULTURAL COMM. CONT AMER SOC PROBLEMS
SURVEY OF ECONOMICS INTRO TO DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
HUMANITIES: ART AND MUSIC REASONING/APPLICATIONS
PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY OPEN ELECTIVE
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PERSUASION CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
BUS PROF COMMUNICATIONS ELIT ELECTIVE
STATISTICS GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY AMER. NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
SCIENCE ELECTIVE OPEN ELECTIVE
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY WORLD GEOGRAPHY
MARRIAGE AND FAMILIES SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
OPEN ELECTIVE OPEN ELECTIVE
OPEN ELECTIVE OPEN ELECTIVE

 
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
SOCIAL SCIENCE PRACTICUM SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT
WOMEN IN SOCIETY OPEN ELECTIVE
SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT OPEN ELECTIVE
RESEARCH METHODS OPEN ELECTIVE
OPEN ELECTIVE OPEN ELECTIVE

 

At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job; we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

Students have completed their required field experiences in sites such as: Beaver County Children and Youth Services, Early Learning Center, Family Behavioral Resources, Forest Green Commons After-School Program, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Home Instead Senior Care, Johnstown Police Department, Women’s Choice Network

 

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. This is completed through the integration of internships and practicums, which provide real-world experiences for all majors. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU. Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting. As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc., students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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