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Why Choose Sociology?
Sociology, the study of human society, gives students the ability and knowledge to understand social systems and their influence on individuals. It gives students the tools and knowledge they need to do social research, to identify and devise solutions to social problems, to identify group influences, and to understand group dynamics. Above all, it gives students the ability and knowledge they need to understand the complexities of modern life in an ever-changing swirl of economic, political, and cultural dynamics, and to take positive action on behalf of their employer, community, or interests.
Students in the Sociology major complete core courses in social theory and research methods. They also choose from an array of courses dealing with different topics such as marriage and family, minority groups, health and illness, social change, deviant behavior, and urban sociology. Advanced students often participate in undergraduate research projects or internships.
The Sociology major is excellent preparation for a variety of career paths. These include careers in law, government, human services, marketing research, education, health-related systems, management, and the mass media. Many graduates continue their education in graduate or professional school in a variety of fields, while others use their analytic, research, and organizational skills to find immediate employment in a variety of settings.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT/SAT16 composite score, and ACT/SAT16 reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT/SAT16 scores for admission review.
General Education Requirements
Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.
In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the Sociology major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses. At least 40 credits must be at the 300 level or higher. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the major.
LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Bonnie Wright
PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Dave Schrock
Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Sociology, Bachelor of Arts - 120 Credit Minimum
Directed Electives - 15 Credits
1) Proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level (third semester), this may be accomplished through any combination of approved assessment and course work;
2) COMM requirement, choose a second COMM course from the list of options required from general education (COMM 105, COMM 121 or COMM 221)