Sociology

The Sociology degree program offers a global perspective on how the social world works.

As a discipline, sociology covers many areas, including individual interaction, gender, race, sport, the family, the economy, and social movements. The major teaches analytical and critical thinking skills and a variety of theories and methodologies with which students can analyze and understand today’s contemporary social issues and problems. As such, it provides solid training for students considering an array of careers and graduate degrees.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

ASA – American Sociological Association

As the national organization for sociologists, the American Sociological Association, through its Executive Office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship Opportunities

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.

International Study Programs  International Admissions (906) 487-7208 |  international@finlandia.edu.

ADDITIONAL LINKS AND FORMS

What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate major sociological theories and research methodologies.
  • Analyze the relationships between society and the thinking, acting, and interaction patterns of its citizens.
  • Understand the role that culture and society play in determining what it means to be a social being.
  • Develop a broad understanding of a range of sociological topics.
  • Identify and analyze different sociological approaches.
  • Conduct and analyze sociological research at a basic to intermediate level.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Social Stratification
    Examines the effects of patterned, unequal distribution of wealth, power, and political rewards on society. Theories and debates regarding social inequality and mobility, and their ramifications. Available spring semesters. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or SOC 154.
  • Quantitative Analysis
    Cross-listed with PSY 354. Designed to give students a broad overview of the statistical methods used in the social sciences. Topics include measures of central tendency, probability, hypothesis testing, and association between variables. Available spring semester, odd years. Prerequisites: MAT 145; PSY 353 or SOC 353; or instructor permission.
  • Social Theory
    Introduction to the major social theorists and the fundamental concepts important to the development and continuation of the social sciences. Students develop a framework to address critical social and political issues and better understand the society in which we live. Available fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: PLS 221 or PSY 101 or SOC 101.

Career Opportunities

Sociologists, Social Worker
Aggie PietilaAdministrative Assistant, SCASFinlandia Universityaggie.pietila@finlandia.edu906-487-7513
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Interim Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381

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