The B.A. 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 includes sociological theory, women in society, marriage and families, criminology, sport, and deviant behavior. Students learn to design and conduct research in these areas.
Graduates go on to careers in agencies and organizations working in the fields of healthcare, criminal justice, social services, and aging. Jobs include admissions counselor, community organizer, social service manager, research assistant, and substance abuse counselor.
Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.
Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D.
Department Head, Social Sciences
Lauren L. Rauscher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
- Practicum Information
All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.
Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems.
Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.
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These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:
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