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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Learn how the social world works with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology


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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 sociology program is ideal for students who want to know how the world works.


Sociology majors develop analytical and critical thinking skills as you apply a variety of theories and methodologies to understand and analyze contemporary social issues such as poverty, social inequality, social uprisings, and how the media works. All of this provides solid training for anyone considering an array of careers and graduate degrees.

“I like to think analytically and outside the box on multiple levels. At Finlandia, in sociology and philosophy, they encourage thinking on the micro and macro scale. I think a lot of people in the working world either can’t do that or lose track of that over time."

Dan Weldon ('17)

"The classes in general have really affected my ability to do critical thinking, and I think that was something I was really missing in my education in high school. In high school, a lot of it was memorization, whereas now, it's a whole new type of learning for me."

Hailee Johnson ('17)

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Course Descriptions


  • Personal Perspective: Demonstrate a broad understanding of a range of sociological topics.
  • Global Perspective: Analyze the relationships between society and the thinking, acting, and interaction patterns of its citizens.
  • Creative Insight: Conduct and assess sociological research at a basic to intermediate level.
  • Communication: Defend and integrate different sociological approaches.
  • Critical Thinking: Integrate major sociological theories and research methodologies.



A Match Made in Research Heaven: The Sociologist and the Census

September 18, 2020

It’s a tale as old as time. Or rather, just as old as the United States Census. No, it’s not Beauty and the Beast, but it is a match made in research heaven: the sociologist and the census.

To talk about this perfect pair, Finlandia Fridays host Olivia Myers talks with Finlandia’s Sociology Professor, Dr. Michael Reay. Dr. Reay goes into detail about the difference between sociology and psychology (the collective versus the individual) and how the Read More

SCAS Lecture Series 2020
SCAS to Host Spring Lecture Series Beginning in March

February 27, 2020

Finlandia University’s Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS) will be hosting a lecture series showcasing four assistant professors from mid-March until early April in the Chapel of St.Matthew. The Assistant Professors presenting include Dr. Jeff Pettibone (Psychology), Dr. Patricia Grosse (Philosophy), Dr. Mike Reay (Sociology), and Dr. Carolyn Dekker (English). The lectures are free and open to the public.

SCAS Lecture Series Schedule Thursday, March 12, 4:30 PM

“Finding Yourself in […] Read More

Finlandia Top Liberal Arts School Great Value
Finlandia Named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest

February 06, 2020

Finlandia University has been named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest according to Great Value Colleges.

“Finlandia is honored to be included in the list of the Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest, as presented by Great Value College,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fredi deYampert. “Finlandia is indeed a great value. We are the only liberal arts university in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our tuition is competitive and the quality of […] Read More


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