Program Coordinator: Larry Stokes, Ph.D.
Are diversely prepared teachers conduct research on topics such as crime and deviance, marriage and family, race, class and gender, social inequalities and aging; and serve as advisers to student groups on campus, including the Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta.
The baccalaureate degree in sociology provides students with the necessary foundation for graduate school in the social sciences, and/or for entry level professional careers in research, the criminal justice system, social work, advertising, banking, business, education, government, journalism, and public relations as well as other types of employment within governmental agencies, private foundations, and a wide range of businesses. The sociology program seeks to develop students' ability to think critically about a wide range of social issues and social patterns within our society, and throughout the world for the purpose of bringing about positive change.
The primary mission of the Department of Sociology is to produce and disseminate sociological knowledge. The Department requires that each of its students be able to demonstrate concretely that they support this mission. The mission is reflected in the acquisition of sociological research and teaching skills, the expeditious completion of the degree, and the production of an independent, original research. It is also demonstrated by the ability to attain and maintain currency in the field and to apply the knowledge obtained to societal problems.
Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It investigates the structure of groups, organizations and societies, its formation, development and interactions. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. The undergraduate program, with courses such as research methods, statistics, theory, demography and sociological practicum, equips students for employment in a wide range of occupations in the public and private sector. These include social research, the health professions, business, social service and data processing. Sociology is a popular undergraduate major for students planning further study in such professions as law, business, education, social work and public administration.
Sociology as Discipline
Sociology is the scientific study of social life, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from presentation of self to religious cults, from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; from the place of childhood in the life cycle to societal perspectives on death and dying; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of health care. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge.
Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: mental illness, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare and educational reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of family violence and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasing tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.
Students with BAs in Sociology apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, health services, counseling (family planning, career, substance abuse, family violence), community programs, journalism, group and recreation work, marketing and market research, sales, human resources/personnel work, social/human services, the criminal justice system, public administration, government programs, and social research. Sociology not only provides students with a strong liberal arts background in scientific and humanistic perspectives of social life, but also enables them to develop investigative skills in research design, statistics, and data analysis which will be useful when entering the labor market.
Students can learn about the discipline and career opportunities by visiting the American Sociological Association web site: American Sociological Association
Sociology coursework can be accessed through the following links:
Sociology Student Organizations
Interact with other sociology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), Georgia Nu Chapter International Sociology Honor Society
- Alpha Kappa Delta is an international honors society for undergraduate and graduate students. Alpha Kappa Delta recognizes students with outstanding academic achievements in the field of Sociology, and is an organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing academic scholarship.
- The Savannah State Chapter of AKD is committed to honoring the tradition of excellence in Sociology. We are expanding our activities and inviting current members to become actively involved in AKD events. We are increasing our outreach to local communities, and we are working to engage students in the study of Sociology.
- AKD hosts an induction ceremony every Fall & Spring Semester. Interested in joining? The minimum requirements for are:
- Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution.
- Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution. Grade point average of 3.0 or above in Sociology courses.
- Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall GPA of 3.0 (by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship.
- Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
- Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail)
- If you have questions or ideas you would like to share, please contact us:
Kenneth Jordan, Ph.D. - Academic Advisor
Research and Experience in Sociology
In sociology, students learn methods and techniques of research and have the opportunity to apply these skills through the various research opportunities campus wide.
Gain practical professional experience through the internship program in sociology.
Recent placements include:
- Chatham County Sheriff's Department
- City of Savannah
- Probation Department
- Battered Women Shelters
- Rape crisis Center
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Savannah
- Chatham County Public Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
If I'm a Sociology major, do I have to have a minor?
- No, students are not required to have a minor to earn a BA Savannah State University; however all students are required to complete a total of 42 upper-division credits as part of all their BA degree. Like most other social sciences, a number of credits needed to major in Sociology are less than the required 42 needed for a Bachelor's degree. Depending upon the elective courses students select, completing the Sociology major can include a maximum of 33 upper-division credits. Therefore, Sociology majors must complete at least 3 additional upper-division credits (or three 3-credit courses) beyond those that can be earned as part of the major.
How can I obtain the additional upper-division credits needed for a BA?
- Students majoring in Sociology have at least three options for earning the additional upper-division credits needed for a BA degree:
- Building on your major by selecting more upper-division "electives" in Sociology than those needed to complete the major.
- Following your interests by selecting additional upper-division "electives" that interest you from any department or program at Kent State. You can cluster the 11-12 credits in one department or field (e.g., four courses in literature or psychology) or spread them across four departments (e.g., one course each from anthropology, music, theater, and history). Students choosing this option need to complete the specified prerequisites required for each upper-division course.
- Developing a second substantive concentration by adding a minor which typically consist of 18-21 credits in a second department or program.
What should my minor be if I am a Sociology major?
- You may choose any minor offered at Savannah State that you want. Some students select a minor based on their personal interests; they use their minor to follow their "passion" for poetry or drama or Spanish. Most students select a minor to complement their Sociology major and further prepare them to reach their career objectives. To give just one example, students planning to work with people in a community agency - such as homeless shelters, crises centers, senior programs, juvenile treatment programs - find that a behavior analysis minor works well with their Sociology minor. Meeting with the Sociology Coordinator is an excellent way to evaluate your options when deciding on a minor.