College of Arts & Sciences
Overview

Sociology is a broad academic field that focuses on group life and people's interactions with one another, and teaches critical thinking and research skills. Studying sociology requires developing the "sociological imagination,"  that is, recognizing the relationship between personal circumstances and social conditions that affect opportunities and options. Being trained in sociology equips students to contribute in a meaningful way to the betterment of society and to the groups in which they participate. In the sociology program at Seton Hall University, the emphasis is on developing in students an awareness of themselves and the world around them that is social, historical and multicultural. Sociology majors may be eligible for induction into Alpha Kappa Delta Student Honor Society of the American Sociological Association or receive the Sociology Service Award for demonstrating a commitment to volunteer service in the community.  

The sociology program offers an introductory course and electives on marriage and family life, schooling, law, illness and wellness, population and ecology, city life, formal organizations, mass media, religious experience, aging, social inequality, inter-group relations, Latinos/Latinas in the United States, social problems, social change, politics and society, strategies of transformation, American society, human sexuality, socialization over the life course, social research methods, sociological theory, sociological practice, the sociology of knowledge, gender, and deviance and conformity. All majors in the program will have a 100-hour internship experience. Students may modify the major program in consultation with a department adviser. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology also offers a five-year accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Master of Public Administration degree.  

The program requires that students demonstrate the capacity to analyze social life in an intellectually rigorous and critical manner, drawing on the rich tradition of the discipline, and apply sociological insights to the problems and issues of our day. Students should be competent in communicating (both oral and written) their ideas and arguments, and mastery of up-to-date methods in data gathering, interpretation and presentation.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact C. Lynn Carr, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, at c.lynn.carr@shu.edu or (973) 761-9170. Web site: Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

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