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Sociology

Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences – Sociology Concentration

If you’re interested in studying human behavior, particularly as it relates to patterns of human group activity and interaction, then you should look at accredited sociology programs such as East-West University’s bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences with a focus on sociology.

In studying patterns of human behavior and interaction as well as the tension between individual choice and agency, the science of sociology explores a wide range of human behavior. From child-rearing patterns and the social meaning behind religious practices to the behavior of prisoners under a lockdown or even variations of levels of trust in government among members of different ethnic groups, sociology covers a lot of ground. The right degree program in sociology can also open doors to job possibilities in several fields.

As you explore careers for sociology degrees, a number of opportunities can be found in the human, community or social services industries. Workers who provide administrative support to managers and information technology personnel also represent another major bloc workers with sociology undergraduate degrees.

Sociology degree requirements are wide-ranging, giving students of this concentration excellent preparation for a variety of social science graduate degree programs. If you want to prepare for a graduate or professional school program, you should take courses in statistics, math, network analysis, computer programming, written and oral communication, foreign languages, and interpersonal skill development. These subjects will complement your sociological background and give you the ability to apply analytics tools to social and business problems. These courses also give you the ability to communicate with and lead diverse teams who work on these problems.

A BHS degree with a sociology focus on can also serve as an effective pre-law or pre-public policy preparation. Social issues and activism frequently lie at the intersection of sociology, law, and public policy, including criminal justice, family law, feminist policy, and environmental affairs. Related sociology internships and/or volunteer work can expose students to legal and policy issues and activist opportunities for social change.

Federal labor resources and professional sociological researchers strongly suggest that students should pursue an internship or volunteer work related to their sociology studies to enhance their employment prospects and post-graduation satisfaction. Beyond the mainstream online job searching databases, BHS sociology students may find internship opportunities through Idealist.org, npo.net, the human resources Web sites of various governmental (e.g., USAJOBS.gov) or major non-for-profit organizations.

East-West University’s location in Chicago’s South Loop is near many organizations that use sociologically focused employees; this location also provides networking opportunities to meet professionals. Finding employment is often the result of expanding one’s social networks to include more distant acquaintances, associates, co-workers, mentors, and other affiliates beyond one’s immediate friends and family members, an idea from sociology itself.

Curricular Requirements

Curricular requirements must comply with all general academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree, including

  • completion of 180 quarter hours,
  • residency requirement of 48 quarter hours
  • completion of HM 279 (East-West University Signature course)
  • completion of EN 491 (Senior Seminar),
  • an overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in the major,
  • compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress policy pertaining to both Grade Maintenance and Timely Completion,
  • All outcome measures required by the assessment program must be passed successfully,
  • All financial obligations must be cleared

The program embodies three broad blocks of curricular requirements or components:

I: General Education Core (64 quarter hours);

II: BHS core and concentration courses 60 quarter hours); and

III: elective courses (56 quarter hours), for a total of 180 quarter hours.

I: General Education Core courses:

  • 5 specified courses in English and Communications for a total of 20 quarter hours;
  • 1 specified mathematics course, one biology course, and       12 additional hours from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics for a total of 20 hours;
  • 1 specified humanities course and 16 additional quarter hours selected from behavioral   and social sciences and humanities for a total of 20 hours;
  • 1 specified course from computer and information science for a total of 4 hours.

II: BHS Core and selected criminal justice concentration area courses

  • 11 specified BHS core courses, and an additional 16 hours BHS elective courses for a total of 60 hours

III: Elective courses:

  • 56 quarter hours from freely selected courses

Faculty contact for BHS / Sociology
Stefan Griffin, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor
East Building 313
stefan@eastwest.edu