2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Sociology

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

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

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation 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.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Bonnie Wright
PHONE: 231-591-2791
E-MAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Dave Schrock
PHONE: 231-591-3705
E-MAIL:

Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Sociology, Bachelor of Arts - 120 Credit Minimum

Sociology Major - 30 Credits
Choose One:
Introductory Sociology
3
or
Social Problems
3
And
Sociological Theory
3
Sociological Meth/Qualitative
3
Sociological Statistics
3
Directed Research Experience
3

Directed Electives - 15 Credits

Select from the following:
Choose One:
Introductory Sociology
3
or
Social Problems
3
The American Community
3
Marriage and the Family
3
Gender Roles in Society
3
Sociology Of Deviant Behavior
3
Social Aspects of GIS
3
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
3
Community Studies
3
World Urban Sociology
3
The Field of Aging
3
Sociology of Disasters
3
Black Images in Pop Culture
3
Work and Leisure in Society
3
Health-Illness in Society
3
Applied Community Research
4
Soc Stratification-Inequality
3
Criminology
3
Sociology Internship
1 TO 6
Academic Minor: An academic minor of 18-24 credits is required, any approved minor is allowed (except teacher education minors). Students should consult their major advisor if uncertain as to an appropriate minor to select. For graduation, both the academic minor clearance form and this major audit form must be attached to the graduation application.
Bachelor of Arts Core - 3-15 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)