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SSHS: Sociology (B.A.)


Co-Conveners: Faculty:
Henri Lustiger-Thaler

Erin Augis
Henry Frundt
Martha Ecker

Kristin Kenneavy
Paul Reck

Concentrations: Public Sociology, Criminology

About the Major

Sociology is unique among the social sciences because it examines the whole of human societies.  It focuses on institutional and sociocultural changes rather than on simply economic, political, or technical transformations.  For example, sociology provides an understanding of "modernization" and "globalization" by analyzing their impact on culture human subjectivity, power relations, and collective resistance.  Sociology prepares students to scientifically study and personally engage with human groups and communities.  It links individual biographies with public issues.

Recognizing the international character of contemporary life, the Sociology program at Ramapo College emphasizes internships in local New Jersey and New York communities, as well as in study abroad programs.  By engaging in field study internships, sociology majors develop a broad and refined world perspective, and become highly prepared for graduate school and the workforce.

A degree in Sociology provides our graduates with analytical capacities and practical skills for understanding and working with human groups, and for conducting research using a precise and humanistic scientific methodology.  Sociology majors are employed as researchers and human relations personnel in industry and government, human services, and criminal justice.  They fill positions in regional and community planning and environmental protection.   Many of our students enter a range of graduate programs and professions.  Students may also select Sociology as one of the suitable majors for Teacher Education and Social Studies certification.

The Sociology major offers two tracks to Ramapo College students interested in studying questions of human diversity, inequality, and social justice in U.S. as well as international societies:

  • Public Sociology
    The Public Sociology track offers students opportunities to engage public issues like poverty, race relations, popular culture, gender, and globalization in their studies.  This track emphasizes applied research experience which will prove invaluable in the job market and as an excellent preparation for graduate school.

  • Criminology
    The Criminology track offers students interested in law enforcement fields the opportunity to explore issues of class, race, gender, and religious difference, locally and globally.  Students will be trained to analyze diverse situations they may face within their future professions in law enforcement.

Students majoring in Sociology are urged to pursue a minor, such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Gerontology, Latin American Studies, or Women's Studies.  The Sociology major is offered by the School of Social Science and Human Services and leads to a B.A. degree.

Requirements of the Major and Concentrations

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: MATH 101-121
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMAN SERVICES REQUIREMENTS
SOSC 101 SOCIAL ISSUES
SOSC 235 HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT
SELECT ONE Sustainability course from the following:
ENSC 325 BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION
ENSC 327 ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE
ENST 207 PUBLIC POLICY
ENST 209 WORLD SUSTAINABILITY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 313 APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
ENST 335 ECOLOGY, SOCIETY, AND THE SACRED
ENST 338 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ENST 390 TOPICS:
GEOG 303 WATER RESOURCES
GEOG 304 FOREST RESOURCES
PSYC 343 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 309 FOOD AND POPULATION
SOCIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 210 GLOBAL WORKPLACE
SOCI 307 SOCIAL RESEARCH WITH COMPUTERS
SOCI 308 SOCIAL STATISTICS WITH COMPUTERS
SOCI 317 FIELDWORK
SOCI 332 CLASSICAL SOCIAL THEORY
SOCI 335 PUBLIC SOCIOLOGIES
SOCI 410 CAPSTONE
Note: SOCI 410 Capstone should be taken when students have senior status only.
   
 

Choose one concentration:


1. PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY
2. CRIMINOLOGY

 
PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY CONCENTRATION
CHOOSE THREE COURSES IN ONE CATEGORY, AND 1 COURSE IN A SECOND CATEGORY
DIFFERENCE AND PUBLICS COURSE SELECTIONS
SOCI 202 SOCIAL CLASS AND STRATIFICATION
SOCI 215 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE RELATIONS
SOCI 240 THE BLACK FAMILY
SOCI 245 CRIMINOLOGY
SOCI 304 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 315 DEVIANCE
SOCI 331 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
SOCI 361 GENDER, WORK AND FAMILY
 
TRANSNATIONALISMS COURSE SELECTIONS
ENST 336 GLOBAL ETHICS
SOCI 221 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOCI 302 THIRD WORLD WOMEN
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 309 FOOD AND POPULATION
SOCI 330 SCIENCE IN A MULTICULTURAL WORLD
 
CULTURE COURSE SELECTIONS
SOCI 205 SOCIOLOGY OF AGING
SOCI 208 DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN SOUTH INDIA
SOCI 232 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
SOCI 303 SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
SOCI 305 INDIA LIFE AND CULTURES: STUDY ABROAD
SOCI 333 PEACE AND JUSTICES: INDIA STUDY ABROAD
SOCI 409 FIELD STUDY IN SOUTH AMERICA
 
CRIMINOLOGY CONCENTRATION
REQUIRED
SOCI 245 CRIMINOLOGY
SOCI 315 DEVIANCE
 
DIFFERENCE AND PUBLICS COURSE SELECTIONS (choose two)
SOCI 202 SOCIAL CLASS AND STRATIFICATION
SOCI 215 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE RELATIONS
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOCI 240 THE BLACK FAMILY
SOCI 302 THIRD WORLD WOMEN
SOCI 331 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
SOCI 361 GENDER, WORK AND FAMILY

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
THEORY:
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT OR
ENST 209 WORLD SUSTAINABILITY
SOCI 332 SOCIAL THEORY
METHOD:
SOCI 307 SOCIAL RESEARCH WITH COMPUTERS

One elective from any concentration* at the 300 level addresses issues of class, race, and gender

 
*SOCIOLOGY CONCENTRATIONS (as described in Major requirements):
Community, World Transformation or Culture and Communication

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.



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