The Sociology program at Le Moyne College provides students with rigorous training in the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Critical training is provided in scientific and humanistic methods of analysis. Graduates are able to apply diverse analytical perspectives to a global world and are prepared to provide leadership toward a more ethical and just society. A major or minor in sociology is one of the most direct ways to delve into serious study of the world around us. At Le Moyne, a sociology degree allows students to study with scholars who have earned their degrees from some of the nation’s leading schools of Economics, Public Affairs, Anthropology, Criminology and Sociology of Religion. In the long-term the department’s rigorous program of study prepares its graduates for successful careers in a variety of fields including the human services, education, academia, law and criminology and criminal justice.
Sociology Courses and Requirements
If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Sociology, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
Meet the Faculty
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Mission Statement of Sociology Program
The sociology program at Le Moyne College engages students in the challenging study of human social behavior, the social construction of social behavior and its multifaceted causes and consequences. Grounded in a strong theoretical foundation, students examine and analyze diverse factors influencing human social behavior across the life course. By graduation, students are able to apply diverse analytical perspectives within a research framework and to provide leadership toward a more ethical and just society.
Learning Goals for the Sociology Major
The goals of the curriculum for the bachelor's degree in sociology include the expectation that student will develop the following competencies and be able to practice them upon receiving their degree.
- Theory. The ability to discuss and apply classic and contemporary sociological theory to common units of analysis like individuals, social groups, organization and societies. This is demonstrated through appropriate use of the sociological perspective and the ability to synthesize existing theories to address original questions. Possess an appreciation for and an understanding of the role of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, and merit in society and in sociological analysis.
- Methods. The ability to conduct sociological research and to be able to understand and critique existing social science research. Possess a familiarity with and ability to apply a professional code of ethics to research and practice and to link this ability to a set of personal and professional ethics consistent with Le Moyne's mission.
- Professional Socialization. Understanding the relationship between sociology and other allied social science disciplines. The ability to communicate sociological information in oral, written and graphical form to professional and lay audiences. Being prepared for graduate or professional education and/or entry-level positions in areas for which the major and concentration have provided training.