Overview

Sociology is the study of people, society, and social life. Majoring in Sociology means exploring diversity among people, practices, and populations. Thinking like a sociologist means uncovering the taken-for-granted, testing the assumed, and critically exploring social situations.

As a sociology major at Maryville College, you will learn fascinating and challenging things about the world around you including the realities of inequality, social problems, and social change. Classes explore areas such as marriage and family, religion, education, and social movements. Sociology majors graduate with skills in social theory and a variety of scientific methods used to understand people. The sociology major at Maryville College is a welcoming and inclusive major for students of all backgrounds, providing a learning environment in which to better understand your own life circumstances as well as those whose life circumstances may be quite different from your own.

Sociology students will find unique opportunities at Maryville College including service learning, research with professors, and an option for certification in non-profit management. Your chosen senior thesis topic will let you explore any area of sociology under the two-semester mentorship of a sociology faculty member. Here are just a few of the recent senior thesis projects of sociology majors:

Organizational Development in Nonprofit Settings: Blount County Habitat for Humanity 

The Romantic Revolution: A Sociological Study of Online Dating 

Globalization and the Effects of Cosmetic Surgery on Women in South Korea 

The Effects of Urban Agriculture on Urban Youth 

Gender Norm Transmission Through Magazines to Teenage Girls

THIS COULD BE YOUR CHURCH: A Study of Church Signs

Course Offerings

The Major in Sociology requires 45/46 credit hours: 33 in sociology and 12/13 credit hours in related areas. Required courses include:

SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
SOC 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
SOC 401: Social Theory (3 hrs.)
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
SLS 301: Social Sciences Research Methods (3 hrs.)
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)


Nine credit hours chosen from the following list::
SOC 202: Social Problems (3 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
SOC 221: Social Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 222: Sociology of Appalachian Culture (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

 

Nine credit hours chosen from the following list:
SOC 305: Organizational Behavior (3 hrs.)
SOC 315: Social Inequality (3 hrs.)
SOC 316: Population (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
SOC 349: Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology (3 hrs.)


One course selected from the following courses::
ECN 201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)
ECN 221: Economic Development (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 232: Public Policy (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Sociology consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours, including 12 hours above the 100 level. Required courses must include:

Either or both:
SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
and/or
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
Additional hours may be selected from the following courses:
SOC 202: Social Problems (3hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
SOC 221: Social Psychology (3hrs.)
SOC 222: Sociology of Appalachian Culture (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

 

SOC 305: Organizational Behavior (3 hrs.)
SOC 315: Social Inequality (3 hrs.)
SOC 316: Population (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs)
SOC 349: Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology (3 hrs.)
SOC 401: Social Theory (3 hrs.)
SLS 301: Social Science Research Methods (3 hrs.)