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2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Sociology (B.A.)

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Professor Emeritus: M. Kennedy
Associate Professors:  M. Abaza (SAPE Chair), N. Nosseir, H. Rizzo
Assistant Professors: M. Abdelrahman (on leave), A. Holmes

Sociology is the systematic study of society with special attention to social interaction and the social making of humans. It investigates the forces that hold society together and that threaten to pull it apart through the analysis of interaction at every level from micro-group interaction to competition of nation states. Having as its goal a holistic understanding of human society, human beings and their lives, sociology is relevant to a wide range of other disciplines and every day life issues. As a result, sociology has a broad scope that includes culture, family, gender, crime, religion, politics, development, population, and urbanization, among others. Besides their coursework, sociology majors are given the opportunity to carry out supervised field research as a part of their undergraduate program.

Bachelor of Arts

In addition to the possibility of pursuing advanced graduate work in sociology or related fields, majors are trained for employment in international development agencies, government, non-governmental organizations or the private sector in social and community services or research and managerial positions.

In order to declare the major in sociology, students must pass SOC 201 with at least a “B”. Continuation within the major is dependent on maintaining at least 2.5 GPA within their concentration requirements. Students must take SOC 495 in their last full academic year. Courses at the 500-level are also open to selected advanced undergraduates.

A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in sociology:

Core Curriculum (34-46 credits)

Additional Requirements

Two additional 300 level courses in sociology
Three additional 400 level courses in sociology

Additional Requirements

Five additional courses from any social science or humanities discipline, or relevant substitutes, to be approved by the advisor, at least three of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Electives (8-20 credits)


Footnote 1: Cross listed with Anthropology

Interdisciplinary Specialization in Community Development

The teaching and application of the principles of community development and community organizing prepares students to work in development agencies.  The required curriculum includes hands-on community-based learning experiences to initiate the students’ professional development in an applied setting.  Students learn about the relevance and role of community and personal empowerment in response to population needs.  The practicum model is designed with a broad educative focus meant to provide students not only with skills and techniques, but also opportunities for inquiry, for trying and testing new ideas within collaborative relationships, and for engaging community development in new ways.

Students majoring in anthropology, psychology or sociology can choose this specialization in place of the collateral requirements required for their respective majors.

Academic Advising is provided through the Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology units of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology on behalf of an interdisciplinary group of faculty.

Declaration Requirements:

  1. Must be an anthropology, psychology or sociology major
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Course Requirements:

24 credits, including the following:

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