The Department of Sociology and Social Work offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology or social work and the Master of Arts degrees in sociology. For a full description of the M.A. degrees refer to the Graduate Catalog.
Sociology deals with social institutions, activities, and patterns of behavior of diverse groups. The challenge for sociologists is to sort out trends and to find ways to resolve the conflicts between groups of people. The sociology major provides students with background in the basic theoretical, research, and substantive areas of the discipline. The field of sociology leads to an understanding of the social forces impinging upon one's life and can lead to careers in many diverse settings.
The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for the preparation of bachelor's-level social work practitioners. This program emphasizes a generic base for beginning professional social work practice. The goals of the program are to prepare the student for competent entry-level social work practice and for graduate education in social work or other helping professions.