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General Sociology Concentration

The General Sociology concentration is the most flexible of the four emphasis areas within the sociology major.  It provides students with a broad understanding of social processes and institutions and allows students to tailor their curriculum to their interests by offering a wide selection of concentration electives from the fields of sociology, anthropology, rural sociology, and criminal justice.  The General Sociology concentration equips students with the knowledge and skills for entry-level careers in human resources, public relations, health and social services, nonprofit work, criminal justice, social research, and a variety of additional fields.  It also provides excellent preparation for graduate training in fields such as sociology, business, and law.

All General Sociology students select one Institutions course from the following list:

  • SOC 3110 The Family
  • SOC 3300 Work and Occupations
  • SOC 4320 Sociology of Religion
  • SOC 4440 Sociology of Education

General Sociology students also select one Processes course, including:

  • SOC 3500 Self and Society
  • SOC 3510 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • SOC 3910 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 4030 Technology, Environment, and Society
  • SOC 4330 Globalization and Social Change

Nine additional hours of coursework are required and may be selected from among all courses in sociology, anthropology, rural sociology, and/or criminal justice not already taken to fulfill other curricular requirements. 

Courses in the General Sociology concentration are taught by our core sociology faculty, and concentration electives may be offered by anthropologists, social workers, and criminal justice faculty, allowing students the opportunity to benefit from the multidisciplinary nature of our department.  Many of the courses that students may select involve active and experiential learning opportunities, such as field trips and service learning projects.  Professional development activities are also emphasized, with career workshops and networking events offered throughout the school year.   

Our General Sociology alumni are employed in a variety of fields, such as business, education, and social research.  Job titles held by our recent graduates within the business sector include human resources recruiter, event planner, and long-term care insurance advisor.  General Sociology alumni also enter careers in research, with two recent graduates going to work as Clinical Trials Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Marketing Research Associate at Horowitz Research, for instance.  Education and youth development are other popular fields for our General Sociology alumni, who have taken positions such as program developer for the YWCA and after school care coordinator for a local school district.  Moreover, our alumni have entered graduate programs in sociology at Stanford University, public health at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, just to name a few.

If you are interested in understanding human behavior in a broader social context and having a high level of flexibility in your major curriculum, the General Sociology concentration may be for you.  For further information, please contact Jennifer Holland.