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Sociology and Anthropology

The Study of Sociology

Sociologists ask how human societies are changing. Focusing on groups and patterns of relationships among people rather than the individuals themselves, the study of sociology helps equip students with knowledge and skills to understand, analyze and improve their world. The discipline's rich subject matter ranges from the intimacy of family life to the hostility of the mob, from religious behavior to criminal behavior. Sociology teaches that our membership in groups and our interaction with larger social forms both shape and are shaped by our personal action.

Practica and Internships. Practica and internships provide excellent opportunities for learning and career preparation. Sociology students at Susquehanna can choose from a variety of experiences at institutions and social service agencies in central Pennsylvania. Field personnel and department faculty members jointly supervise students.

Recent practica positions include casework with the mentally disabled and delinquent youth, medical social work, inmate rehabilitation and addiction rehabilitation. Students have also worked in child day care, foster care and with local human service planning agencies. The department regularly adds new practica to meet specific student interests.

Off-Campus Study. The university participates in a variety of off-campus study programs for interested students. Participants in the Philadelphia Center program live in an urban setting as interns in the public or private sectors. Students in the Lutheran College Washington Consortium attend seminars and intern for a semester in Washington, D.C. Further information about off-campus programs is available in the Active Learning section and from Professor of Sociology J. Thomas Walker.

Honors. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes outstanding academic performance in the major. The department invites qualified students to join the program. To graduate with departmental honors in sociology, candidates must:

  • have a GPA of 3.25 or above in the major and 3.00 or above overall,
  • write a senior thesis or equivalent paper based on departmental seminars, and
  • sit for an oral honors examination.

Interdisciplinary options. Psychology and sociology majors may also choose the Minor in Human Resource Management. This minor requires: AC:200 Financial Accounting, EC:105 Elements of Economics or EC:202 Principles of Microeconomics, MG:360 Management and Organizational Behavior, MG:361 Human Resource Management, MG:461 Projects in Human Resource Management and MG:462 Human Resource Planning. An additional four semester hours of electives are chosen from MG:365 Advanced Organizational Behavior, MG:467 Seminar in Human Resource Management, and EC:325 Labor Economics.

Teaching Certification. Students interested in elementary or secondary education as a career must meet certain state-mandated requirements. Additional information is available from the Department of Education. At minimum, these students must complete SO:101 Principles of Sociology, SO:102 Social Problems, SO:231 Social Control, SO:311 Sociological Theory, SO:341 Family and Kinship, SO:413 Race, Ethnicity, and Minorities, SO:431 Social Change, AN:162 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and SS:210 Research Methods in the Social Sciences. Sociology majors preparing for teacher certification may substitute student teaching for the two sociology or anthropology electives.

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