Sociology Major with a Concentration in Social Problems in a Global Society
The undergraduate concentration in Social Problems in a Global Society provides students with the background they need to understand the complexities of international social problems, such as poverty and ill health, population growth, environmental degradation, immigration, ethnic conflict, and international crime and terrorism. Students learn how worldwide systems of commerce, politics, technology, and the actions of non-profit, non-governmental organizations contribute to the causes of and to the solutions to these problems. The concentration includes courses about specific problem areas and more theoretical and general courses about international social systems. The concentration also provides students with a strong foundation in research methods and data analysis.
In addition to the courses within the concentration, students in the Social Problems in a Global Society concentration complete many of the same courses required for the general undergraduate degree in sociology.
Goals for Learning
Upon completion of the BA in Sociology with a concentration in Social Problems in a Global Society, we expect majors to achieve all of the learning goals established for the general program in Sociology. In addition, students within the concentration are expected to be able to:
- Identify and explain the causes of a variety of global social problems;
- Identify and explain the social, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of globalization;
- Discuss strategies for solving a variety of global social problems.
The Sociology major with the Global Social Problems concentration requires a minimum of 33 hours of completed coursework with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Links for Students interested in Global Social Problems
Students can learn more about the study of social problems by visiting any of the following links to professional associations and organizations.