The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is an innovative program with emphasis on quantitative demographic information - studying people and the community around them.
Sociologists study the behavior and interactions of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members. By focusing activities on health, immigrant issues, demographic patterns, social science and social services, the program provides students with a wealth of knowledge and skills they can take into their careers.
OLLU's sociology program also makes students more competitive in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by teaching them the think critically, identify ethical issues in research, evaluate different research methods and interpret the results of data gathering, among other skills. Recent changes in the requirements for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) call for more training in sociology and other social sciences. Specifically, the emphasis calls for courses in sociology that can prepare medical students to understand the contextual influences on health-related behaviors, also known as "the social determinant model." This model has been taught in the OLLU sociology curriculum for years. It is also the model faculty use in their research and work in the community.
A sociology minor is also available and is a great fit for students studying biology, social work and psychology.
Sociology degree plan and course descriptions:
The sociology program is unique because of its curriculum, which emphasizes practice and experiential learning. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in innovative ways, such as, examination of film, art and poetry; kinesthetic exercises; and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
Students also participate in Applied Research Internship, Sociological Practice and Sociological Practicum courses where they are paired up with research projects and organizations that area related to healthcare, education, STEM, and business. These practice opportunities give students invaluable experience they can carry into the job market.