The Sociology program at Belmont University gives you an excellent liberal arts foundation for embarking on a wide range of career paths in a variety of professional settings such as International Relations, Marketing Research, Education, City Management, Gerontology, Criminal Justice and Law. Our majors develop research skills that make them marketable in today's technical and data-oriented work environments. Majors also develop the analytical skills and the critical ability to understand how a society's major social arrangements, including race, class, and gender, influence social life at the level of the individual, the organization, and society. Learning to think critically and apply knowledge in support of an argument is extremely important in a fast-changing job market. As a Sociology major you have a competitive advantage in today's information society.
The subjects you can study in Belmont's Sociology department are interesting and relevant to an ever-changing world and marketplace. Our classes include the Sociology of Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice, Race and Ethnicity, the Sociology of Popular Culture, and Medical Sociology (see our complete class listing in the class section of our web page). Many of our students emphasize the study of social problems ranging from environmental problems and ethnic hatred, to poverty, hunger, crime and religious conflict. Others study the mass media, the internet and popular films. What you emphasize is largely up to you!
The Sociology faculty teach and conduct research in a wide variety of areas. While we have divergent interests we share an interest in providing excellent undergraduate teaching. We pride ourselves on giving our majors a powerful learning experience. We offer small classes that emphasize student-teacher interaction and active learning. While the level of academic rigor is high, professors are right there with you, helping you along the way, intellectually and emotionally. We're accessible to students--not just by having plenty of office hours, but by working closely with them as they learn about different social phenomena in our world. The result is that our students are successful-- in their careers, in graduate school, and in life.
Departmental Vision and Goals
Vision: The Sociology Program provides specific knowledge, skills, and theoretical frameworks for developing cultural awareness and an understanding of how social arrangements influence life at the individual, group, community, and societal levels.
Purpose: Our rigorous and student-centered program provides graduates with the transferable skills necessary for a fast-changing and complex world including:
* Data analysis
* Critical thinking
* Effective oral and written communication
The study of Sociology encourages:
* Cross-cultural awareness
* The betterment of society through the reduction of social problems.
These skills and knowledge prepare our students for graduate training and for a variety of careers including but not limited to: International Relations, Marketing Research, Social Service and Non-profit Management, City Management, Gerontology, Education, Ministry, Criminal Justice, Advocacy/Activism, and Law.
1. Sociology students will develop a complex understanding of how major social and cultural arrangements related to race, class, and gender interact with the economy, education, religion, family, and the environment.
2. Sociology students will acquire critical reading and data analysis skills though rigorous methodological training.
3. Sociology students will learn to apply research skills, theoretical orientations, and sociological knowledge to social issues and matters of public policy.
4. Sociology students will learn to use research skills for exploring intellectual freedom and knowledge of self, especially related to the role of human agency in promoting social change.
5. Sociology students will have multiple opportunities for community involvement and internships that enhance student learning and benefit the community.
6. Sociology students will experience a student-friendly learning environment that offers personalized advising and mentoring to foster students' personal and professional development.
7. Sociology students will develop interpersonal skills, cross-cultural awareness, and other professional skills that will serve them throughout their lives in a variety of contexts.