Bachelor's in Sociology

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

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 helps develop analytical and critical thinking skills as students apply a variety of theories and methodologies to understand and analyze contemporary social issues.    As such, it provides solid training for students considering an array of careers and graduate degrees.

Clubs & Organizations – Sociology

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.


Study Abroad Opportunities – Sociology Programs

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 while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

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What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

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

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Human Relations and Diversity
    Explores the diversity concept in the United States by tracing its origins, operations, and meanings. Encompasses but is not limited to an examination of the history, culture, institutions, values, and contributions of groups identified by race, gender, class, ethnicity, religious affiliations, and sexual orientation in contemporary America. Critical emphasis placed on social tensions associated with minority-majority status, terms of overt and covert social inclusion or exclusion, the ideal of individual equality in conditions of group-based inequality. Fall semesters.
  • 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.
  • 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
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381
Michael ReayAssistant Professor of SociologyFinlandia 487-7351

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