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Arts & Sciences

Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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

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A SOCIAL WORLD

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.

ANSWERING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS

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.

MSW EARLY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

In the Spring of 2021, Finlandia signed an articulation agreement with Northern Michigan University to create a clear pathway to a Master’s in Social Work degree from NMU. While the agreement doesn’t guarantee you a place in NMU’s MSW program, it will give you a leg up in the application process by:

  • Ensuring you have completed all pre-reqs for the program
  • No application fee
  • Early decision by December of the year prior to graduation (most students have to wait until Feb. 28)
  • Proving you with opportunities to meet with Northern’s MSW faculty early in your academic career

Interested in learning more? Ask your admissions officer or academic advisor for all the details.

“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)

The Degree

Progress Sheet

The Classes

Course Descriptions

SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • 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.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOCIOLOGY IN THE NEWS

Dr. Richard Gee receiving 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award
Dr. Richard Gee earns 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award

July 13, 2022

Dr. Richard Gee joined Finlandia’s Suomi College of Arts & Sciences in 2012 when he was brought on to develop the University’s Criminal Justice curriculum. After revising, creating and teaching more than 30 different courses and establishing multiple articulation agreements for continued learning, Gee was honored at this year’s spring commencement with the 2022 Board of Trustees Distinguished Faculty Award.

“I was honored to be nominated by Dr. Virtanen for the award,” Gee said. “I […] Read More

New articulation agreement with NMU provides clear pathway to MSW

February 10, 2021

Finlandia University is excited to announce a new articulation agreement between FinnU and Northern Michigan University that will provide a clear pathway for students interested in pursing a Master’s of Social Work degree.

“We developed this partnership so that any students in those PsychologySociology or Criminal Justice majors can then qualify for what we’re calling the Early Assurance Program into Northern’s MSW program,” said Dr. Jason Oyadomari, Dean of the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences.

While the agreement won’t guarantee FinnU […] Read More

Dr. Jason Oyadomari talks about new MSW pathway with NMU on Finlandia Fridays

February 05, 2021

This week on Finlandia Fridays, Dean of the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Jason Oyadomari talked about the new articulation agreement between FinnU and Northern Michigan University that will provide a clear pathway for students interested in pursing a Master’s of Social Work degree.

“We developed this partnership so that any students in those Psychology, Sociology or Criminal Justice majors can then qualify for what we’re calling the Early Assurance Program into […] Read More

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Faculty and Staff

Richard Gee

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

richard.gee@finlandia.edu

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean (Suomi College of Arts & Sciences/International School of Art & Design)

Cassandra.Hill@finlandia.edu

Angela Hoffman-Cooper

Adjunct Instructor, Suomi College of Arts and Sciences

Angela.HoffmanCooper@finlandia.edu

Mariana Nakashima

Administrative Assistant ISB - SCAS

Mariana.Nakashima@finlandia.edu

Michael Reay

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Michael.Reay@finlandia.edu
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