May 29, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology Major

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Jennifer L. Huck

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Rebecca Imes Chair of Communication, Criminal Justice and Sociology; Professor of Communication

Kelly Pinter

Senior Lecturer of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Aaron Routhe

Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Sustainability; Program Advisor (

Program Description

The Sociology Program at Carroll University focuses on the causes and consequences of societal inequalities such as health and environmental disparities experienced by individuals, organizations, and social groups. It offers a major in Sociology, as well as minors in General Sociology , Sociology of Health , and the Sociology of Sustainability . Sociology Majors examine social, cultural, and even ecological aspects of human action and social change using Medical Sociology or Sociologies of Health, and Environmental Sociology or the Sociology of Natural Resources

The Sociology Program catalog offers recommended ‘course tracks’ for those interested in working in the vocational fields of Social Work, Sustainability, and Community Development; various other careers including pre-law, occupational therapy and physical therapy; or pursuing further education in a Master of Social Work (MSW) or other graduate programs such as urban planning, student affairs, environmental education, and more!

Besides building individuals’ Sociological Imaginations and knowledge, sociology coursework includes practicing vocationally-relevant skills and techniques for analyzing social science data with effective critical-thinking and communication. Classes feature experiential learning activities applying course knowledge to ‘real-life’ scenarios in- and outside the classroom through auto-biographical reflection, role-playing pedagogy, community engagement, and case study analysis projects. 

Learning Outcomes for Sociology

At the conclusion of their scholarly studies, campus learning experiences, and community participation or service, Sociology majors and graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe examples of how social and cultural forces influence individuals’ actions and interactions with others using knowledge of the discipline of Sociology.
  2. Explain systemic patterns of inequality experienced by members of different race, gender, class and other social groups using a Sociological Imagination.
  3. Identify opportunities and obstacles for engaging in meaningful social change to address contemporary issues by practicing Sociological Mindfulness.
  4. Apply Human and Data Literacies, and Systems Thinking and Cultural Agility Capacities, to aspects of their everyday lives in both personal and vocational (career) contexts.
  5. Communicate effectively and creatively with peer scholars in traditional (oral, written) and non-traditional formats and mediums.

Sociology Major (40 Credits)

  • Four Required Core Courses
  • Plus four additional 4-credit 100- or 200-Level Electives* in Sociology (* excludes SOC 114 )
  • Plus two additional 4-credit 300-Level Electives (non-Core Major courses) in Sociology

Recommended Career-Course ‘Tracks’ or ‘Pathways’

Sociology Majors may use a recommended curriculum ‘track’ as a guide for choosing courses to meet their Elective course requirements  based on their emerging vocational interests and desired career goals. It is not necessary to take all listed courses to complete major requirements, and courses listed in other tracks may be taken as needed or desired. Majors are encouraged to select a secondary major, or multiple minors, that reflect their career and personal interests, and further prepares graduates for greater success in a more rapidly changing world.

Bachelor of Science Requirements

SOC 114  Social Science Statistics is not a Sociology Program course. It may not be used as a SOC Major-Elective course. It is a CMP 114-equivalent course that may be used to meet the B.S. requirement. 

The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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