Sociology is a life-skill. It allows individuals to make informed and objective choices when faced with life’s most difficult and challenging conditions. A sociology major at Baldwin Wallace University will seek to understand a wide variety of human relationships, the interrelatedness between the individual and the society, and the general functioning of the modern global society. At Baldwin Wallace, students learn about and actively test theories of society and produce their own research in the department’s state-of-the-art computer lab. The skills acquired are thus not only useful to better prepare students for life, but are at the same time marketable skills that a variety of employers and graduate schools look for. Students with a degree in sociology from Baldwin Wallace University should be able to: apply a sociological perspective in their professional careers and in their everyday lives; critically evaluate information that is presented to them; and conduct sociological research using the principles of scientific inquiry.
The sociology program encourages active citizenship through service and experiential learning. The department emphasizes research and data analysis skills and prepares students accordingly. It also prepares students for graduate programs and a wide variety of careers that require a baccalaureate degree, including positions in social services, government and business organizations, as well as research agencies. “Many students choose sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.” (Quote from The American Sociological Association.)