Sociology is the study of social relations, for example the study of social interaction, the relations of power in modern society, family and community life, organizations, and institutions. Among other things, sociologists study social change and social movements, diversity and the origins of inequality, and social conflict. The study of sociology includes learning about the theoretical perspectives and the diverse research methodologies that inform sociological analysis. Students major in sociology in preparation for a number of different careers. Individuals are trained to analyze available information, summarize findings, draw conclusions, and solve problems.
The study of sociology prepares a student for professional training in areas such as business and organizations, counseling and social services, international development, and criminology and law.
Becoming a sociologist requires further graduate study, either a Ph.D. or a Masters degree.
Program Teaching Objectives
The curriculum structure of the Sociology B.S. degree is:
- Instruction in
- an introductory overview of the discipline
- the diversity of social life (race, class, gender)
- the theoretical perspectives that inform sociological analysis
- the diversity of research methodologies that inform sociological analysis
- data management and advanced qualitative or quantitative methods
- advanced substantive areas of the discipline
- Opportunities for integrating life goals and professional and career interests through electives
These program objectives are consistent with the aims of a BYU education. While providing instruction in the theories, methodology, and substantive areas of sociology, the faculty encourage students to openly discuss and critique what they are learning in a way that is spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building.
Graduates will demonstrate they can apply a sociological perspective (i.e., recognize the influence of social structure) to individual-level or collective phenomena.
Graduates will understand how race, class, or gender stratify (power, inequality, etc.) individual outcomes and shape social relations in a diverse society.
Graduates will apply the appropriate qualitative or quantitative research method to address a social problem (issue, phenomena, etc.)
Evidence of Learning
Currently under development
BYU Senior Survey
College Exit Survey
National Survey of Student Engagement
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
The department undergraduate curriculum committee will evaluate annual data (senior survey, university surveys, etc.) and report to the department how learning outcomes are being met and areas for improvement. The committee will be tasked to "close the loop" and update alignment tables by August each year. Department goals for improvement will be outlined in the annual department meeting and progress will be monitored by the undergraduate curriculum committee.