Sociology is the study of group life. As a social science, it combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of topics such as gender, crime, family patterns, race and ethnicity, wealth and inequality, and the environment.
Sociology is a liberal arts major for students planning careers in areas such as social research, social welfare, business, public administration, and education. It provides a useful background for those planning further education in the social sciences, social work, public administration, law, or business.
The Sociology Program delivers a high-quality undergraduate program in the study of social forces and human interaction. Rooted in the teacher-scholar tradition, we foster the development of critical thinking skills in our students and the application of sociological theories and concepts to everyday life. Using a combination of research, sociological knowledge, and writing, we engage our students in the craft of disciplined sociological inquiry. We stress both practical and scholarly applications, which translate into job and life skills.
Goals & Objectives
Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to apply the “sociological perspective" to their own lives and to the social environment of which they are a part. They will possess what C. Wright Mills called the "sociological imagination," where they are able to see how their biography relates to the time in history in which they live. Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." The sociological perspective is crucial for "the examined life," a rich interior life in which one's relationships to others and to society are analyzed in this age of rapid social change.
Students will have the knowledge and ability to use sociological concepts creatively in analyzing and critically thinking about social phenomena. Graduates in sociology will have acquired an appreciation of the need for evidence, not only for public policy decisions, but for life decisions. Graduates will also have acquired sensitivity to people from various ethnic, religious, racial, economic backgrounds, and sexual identities, and will see how prejudice and discrimination are socially created attitudes and behaviors. They will be able to critically analyze the news of the day as well as changes in the global economy and other major social institutions.
Graduates will have facility with computers, writing and research skills and appreciate ethical considerations. They will also acquire skills necessary to gather, interpret, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. These skills will allow them to participate in research projects, particularly those of survey research and program evaluation.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate critical thinking through verbal and written communication.
2. Demonstrate the ability to design, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research.
3. Apply, critically interpret and synthesize sociological theory.
4. Display an understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity.
5. Illustrate an understanding of the processes and implications of globalization.
6. Identify processes of social control and how they shape our social institutions and lives.
7. Exhibit an understanding of the structural and interpersonal basis of social inequality;
8. Recognize the relationship between personal agency, social responsibility, and social change (sociological imagination).
9. Display knowledge of the impact of social institutions on everyday lives.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology.
Welcome to sociology! Do you have a passion for studying social groups? Do you have a vision for a just society? If so, our program is for you. Our curriculum combines the theoretical and research traditions of sociology with hands on practice whenever possible. Our graduates benefit from a liberal arts education that concentrates on contemporary society and social problems; equally they are well rounded job candidates. Some pursue graduate training in sociology. Most enter a variety of fields, including careers in criminal justice, law, human resources, student services, social work, public service, education, health services, youth services, and counseling. Future employers will recognize the quality of your CSU, Chico sociology degree.
If you want to learn more about our program, please browse the catalog, come by our office in 615 Butte Hall, or call 898-6384 to make an appointment with an advisor. We look forward to meeting you!
Cynthia Siemsen, PhD
Professor and Department Chair