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Sociology Major or Minor

Student Profile: Daphne Pariser

Daphne Pariser

Growing up in California, Flagler psychology major Daphne Pariser probably never imagined that one day she’d be working in a lab on a Japanese island, conducting molecular biology research for immunology.

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Program Description

Why should I choose the sociology major?
If you are in search of a field that is broad enough to encompass all your various interests in fields as diverse as criminology, poverty, aging, urban development, media, medicine, science, race, and gender, among others, you may find that the sociology major is right for you. Flagler's sociology program not only provides students with training in contemporary human inquiry but, in the process, also allows them to develop the critical thinking, analytical, writing, research, and fieldwork skills essential for professional success across a variety of fields. Sociology graduates are well-prepared for graduate school as well as for careers in everything from human services to development work to social and academic research and civic leadership.

What does the program at Flagler offer?
The sociology major at Flagler emphasizes the development of theoretical understanding as well as practical research skills. Students are required to complete studies in such courses as Social Problems, Introductory Sociology, Research Methods, Development of Sociological Theory, and Statistics for Business and Social Science as well as complete an exit exam. Students may focus on a specific interest such as criminology, gerontology, or human services—which allows them to customize their major and experiences to meet their particular needs. In addition to a challenging curriculum, Flagler students benefit from small classes, personal interaction with a distinguished faculty of scholars, and extensive internship opportunities that allow them to gain practical experience with local social service agencies or state or municipal offices.

The sociology major exposes students to theory and research on human social interaction and social institutions. Students study the behavior and interaction within organizations, trace the origin and growth of important demographic trends, and analyze the extent and impact of cultural change. The sociology major promotes understanding the effect of social categories such as sex, age, or race on people’s daily life.

Graduates of the sociology program frequently work to help educators, lawmakers, public administrators, and others to resolve social problems and formulate social policy.

Major Requirements

The sociology major consists of 36 total credits. Of these, 24 credit hours will be required core courses, with an additional 12 hours of electives. The remaining 12 credits are sociology electives.

Major requires students to complete an exit exam. Students are encouraged to focus coursework in specific areas of sociology and must consult with their Academic Advisors regarding course selections.

Minor Requirements

Students minoring in Sociology must take a total of 18 hours, which includes SOC 101 and 15 additional hours of Sociology courses, with at least six hours at the  300 and 400 levels.