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Sociology

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Sociology at Fredonia

Put simply, sociologists study why people do the things that they do. Sociology provides valuable insights into the human experience and assists in the understanding of human behavior. Sociologists are interested in understanding how people live and interact, in learning how human groups of all kinds (families, Sport teams, religious groups, crowds, large bureaucratic organizations, etc.) operate in a wide variety of situations, and in assessing and evaluating how societies work. Sociology explores assumptions about people, their groups, and their societies. It carefully analyzes problem areas and evaluates possible solutions.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia’s restructured program is focused on three areas: Community and Urban Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Cultural Sociology. This restructuring allows you to better define career opportunities. Fredonia Sociology program offers the rich exchange of diverse ideas, interests and projects. You will be able to combine a major with a minor offered through our department (Sociology, Criminal Justice and Public Health) or other minors such as Communications, Psychology, Geographic Information Systems, or any other one of Fredonia’s outstanding programs to give you an edge in the competitive marketplace.

Career Opportunities

  • Social researcher
  • Program evaluator
  • Community organizer
  • Non-profit manager

It's Different Here

Broad-ranging internships

Fredonia offers a variety of opportunities to apply classroom knowledge.

Preparation

Fredonia students are well-prepared to go on to graduate school for masters or Ph.D. degrees

Honor Society

Fredonia has a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, which promotes research and other social and intellectual activities.

Sample Courses

SOC 340 Medical Sociology

Examines the social psychology of health and illness, social epidemology and the social correlates of illness, and the organization of health care, including the doctor-patient relationship, the health professionals, and health institutions.

SOC 275 Social Inequalities

This class addresses the complexity and interactions of contemporary social inequality, as contemporary societies are stratified by a combination of social class, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Marginalized social groups construct moral systems to define dignity, a sense of worth, and social status.

SOC 320 Family Sociology

Overview of sociological perspectives on the family; emphasis on current state of the family in society. Topics include premarital sexual behavior and attitudes; dynamics of mate selection; marriage as an institution; marriage and sex roles; family dynamics; marriage and the family as a subjective reality; alternative family forms; and the future of the family.

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