Division III Chair: J. Burnside


Program Chair: J. Bouma


Faculty: J. Bouma, J. Burnside, and A. Woodward




Courses: SOC Courses


Major/Minor Requirements: Sociology B.A.Sociology Minor


The study of sociology provides an understanding of human social behavior and analysis of the social processes that unite as well as separate us. Sociologists study structures that organize society—such as social institutions, race, social class, and gender—as well as processes that divide us—such as crime and deviance. Both quantitative methods and qualitative methods of research are used in sociology.

Sociology courses contribute to the liberal education of students regardless of major. The major in Sociology will prepare students for graduate work in sociology, social work, applied sociology, or any field of study related to the sociological perspective. Majors are expected to develop writing and quantitative-analysis skills that enable them to carry out research in topics in which they have an interest.

Graduates of the Berea College Sociology program are prepared for employment in a wide variety of applied sociology and social science careers.

The Program offers a Major in Sociology. Students interested in gaining certification to teach in the area of social studies (8-12) must double major in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification and in either Sociology, Political Science or History. For more information, see the requirements for majoring in Teaching and Curriculum with Certification under the Education Studies section of this publication.

In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Sociology Program seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:

Sociology Student Learning Goals & Outcomes

Learning Goal 1: Disciplinary Understanding

Gain an understanding of the discipline of sociology and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.

Learning Outcome 1.1: Application

Apply the sociological imagination, sociological principles, and concepts to social world and current events

Learning Goal 2: Theory

To appreciate the role of theory in Sociology

Learning Outcome 2.1: Theory & Sociological Knowledge

Identify and describe basic theories or theoretical orientations to contemporary issues.

Learning Outcome 2.2: Theoretical Orientations

Compare, contrast, and apply basic theoretical orientations.

Learning Goal 3: Research Methods

To appreciate the role of evidence and qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology.

Learning Outcome 3.1: Quantitative Data Analysis

Read, construct, and interpret frequencies, bivariate tables, and other basic descriptive statistics

Learning Outcome 3.2: Qualitative Data Analysis

Apply qualitative methods to analyze ethnographies, in-depth interviews, content analysis, or open-ended survey responses.

Learning Outcome 3.3: Research Design

Design and conduct independent research project, applying appropriate research methods

Learning Goal 4: Conceptual Interrelationships Underlying Social Inequality

Understand structural underpinnings of inequality embedded in social institutions

Learning Outcome 4.1: Identify key forms, causes, and consequences of social inequality

Sociology Course Sequencing Table:

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

Course Fall 2016 Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2020
SOC 100 X X X X X X X X
SOC 110 X   X   X   X  
SOC 132 (AFR) X   X   X   X  
SOC 215   X       X    
SOC 220 X X X X X X X X
SOC 223 X              
SOC 240 (AST/WGS)                
SOC 325 (WGS)                
SOC 327       X       X
SOC 330 (APS)                
SOC 335 X   X   X   X  
SOC 340 X              
SOC 341   X       X    
SOC 348            
SOC 350     X   X   X
SOC 360                
SOC 436   X   X   X   X
SOC 461   X   X   X   X