The program in sociology seeks to offer sociology major the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing graduate studies and for careers in professions such as law, medicine, business, teaching, research, government, planning, and human services.
Sociology studies how human beings live in groups and societies, and how they judge the meaning of their social lives. Sometimes sociologists begin with the individual and observe how the commitments of social factors bind them together in social relationships and result in the production of beliefs, values, and behaviors. At other times sociologists begin with cultural traditions, societies, and even entire civilizations and study the different cultural designs, the social organizations, and the modes of consciousness according to which people both in conflict and cooperation order their shared lives.
Sociology fosters reflective self -understanding in students through the appreciation of their own and others' underlying commitments. It also cultivates the ability of human beings to act adequately in the various social worlds in which they live.
Majors in sociology will find it helpful to become closely acquainted with at least one other discipline in the humanities or the social sciences, such as history, English, economics, religion, or psychology. Joint majors and interdisciplinary studies are encouraged by the faculty in sociology.
Chair's Welcome Statement
The disciplines of psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and homeland security comprise the Department of Behavioral Sciences. All of these disciplines share a common focus—human behavior. While each discipline examines human behavior from a different perspective, together they answer the questions that many of us ask about thoughts, actions, and interactions. We welcome you to explore our course offerings as you select and pursue a major. We invite you to engage in the learning experiences that will equip you with the critical knowledge, tools, and skills needed to attain your academic and career goals.
The focus on how different social groups and cultures interact makes a Sociology or Anthropology major increasingly valuable in our highly globalized and interconnected world. Students in both majors also learn to think critically and imaginatively, interpret and assess an argument, design and carry out research, and write and speak cogently.
Requirements for the undergraduate Sociology & Anthropology major, in addition to the University degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin.
Suggested Program plan for Sociology and Anthropology Majors--B.A. Degree
Here you will find detail descriptions of all Sociology & Anthropology courses offered by the University.
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I was eager to attend Fisk because I was fascinated with the idea of following in the path of W.E.B DuBois, Charles S. Johnson, and many other notable, well-respected Black scholars. Above all else, I yearned to be amongst the Talented Tenth. Though I entered Fisk as a transfer student, Fisk has provided me with multiple opportunities to explore my interests in law and sociology within a two-year time frame.
One of the greatest aspects that I can appreciate about Fisk is that though the university is small in numbers, the opportunities to network are outstanding.
This last summer Fisk made it possible for me to further develop my career path by providing me the opportunity to intern at one of the nation’s top law firms located in New York City. This internship has transformed into a full-time position upon graduation. My next academic goal is to enter an MSW/JD dual degree program.