Sociology Program

Sociology Trip

 

If you find yourself questing the social causes for conditions such as poverty, family changes, community development, crime, gender and racial inequality then sociology is the major for you.

Sociology provides students who are interested in exploring the social and cultural influences on society and the individual an opportunity to do so using theory and the scientific method. The sociology program at Western Carolina University provides a variety of courses and classroom experiences that guide students in applying the knowledge they gain to real life situations. According to the American Sociological Society the following are all skills that sociology majors can list on their resumes as major skill sets.

  • Conduct Research and Analyze Data: Learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This will allow you to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, sales, and countless other applications.
  • Communicate Skillfully: Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and presentations.
  • Practice Critical Thinking: Learn to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the"why". Build your analytical skills. Solve problems and identify opportunities.
  • Gain a Global Perspective: Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interactions of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.
  • Prepare for Graduate School: An undergraduate major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, public administration and, of course, sociology.

Sociology students graduate with the top three most critical job skills identify by Forbes Magazine: Critical Thinking, Complex Problem Solving and Judgment and Decision-Making. Through the coursework, research projects, community engagement required in the sociology major students develop these skills that will make them competitive for some of the most in demand jobs.

Sociology Clubs & Organizations

Sociology Club

Sociology Club is also open to others interested in sociological theory and social issues. The sociology club:

  • Engages students in developing a sociological imagination
  • Encourages them to participate in activities that will benefit themselves and the community.
  • Provides an eye opening experience for WCU students and anyone in the surrounding community regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic background, age, disability or sexual orientation.
  • Promotes empathy with the human condition locally and globally as well as community services for the well-being of all without discrimination.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Munene Mwaniki at mfmwaniki@wcu.edu or 828-227-3879.

Alpha Kappa Delta at WCU 

Alpha Kappa Delta is the honor society for Sociology and students are invited to participate.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Kathleen Brennan at kbrennan@wcu.edu.

More information about Alpha Kappa Delta.

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