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Sociology Program


Within UNF's Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, the Sociology program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and undergraduate minors in Sociology or Social Welfare. The Sociology program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the sociological perspective based on the systematic study of the interrelationship between the individual and larger social structural forces and institutions. The undergraduate curriculum is organized to cultivate theoretical, methodological, empirical, and critical thinking skills -- central to both sociology and a broader liberal arts education – while developing a commitment to social justice and social change. 


The teaching and research activities of the sociology faculty reflect a wide range of interests and methodological approaches in areas from religion to education, race/ethnicity to international development, sexualities to social program evaluation.


Finally, our faculty and students are committed to serving the diverse communities in which they live and work, including the University, the discipline, and the region.


As a liberal arts discipline, sociology provides students with a broad range of flexible and generic skills that can accommodate diverse career goals and aspirations.  These can include social work, management, law, public health, education, and counseling. For more information on careers for sociology majors see the resources of the American Sociological Association – Career Resources for Undergraduate Students. The major also prepares students for graduate study in sociology and related social sciences. 


In addition to the professional advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences, students should consult with the Sociology Program Coordinator on questions pertaining to the sociology curriculum, learning opportunities beyond the classroom, graduate school information, and any other issues related to the sociology program. The current Sociology Program Coordinator is Professor David Jaffee (Building 51/Room 2219) who can be reached at:  


The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) for Sociology outlines the intended learning outcomes (knowledge and skills) of the Sociology Program.


Content/Discipline-Specific Knowledge/Skills 

• Understand the basic subject matter of sociology, including central structures, processes, methodologies and theoretical orientations.


Communication Skills

• Communicate in a clear, logical style

• Support arguments with evidence.

• Know major forms of bibliographic citation and reference.


Critical Thinking Skills

• Apply appropriate methods to investigate specific research questions.

• Evaluate the merit of arguments and knowledge claims in sociology.

• Apply sociological theory and research to social problems.

Helpful Sociology Links

What do you do with a degree in Sociology?
Check out the extensive information and materials provided by the American Sociological Association on the career experiences and options for sociology graduates.

The UNF Career Services Department is another great resource for employment & graduate school information.

Take a Sociological tour through cyberspace.
This website provides an exhaustive collection of sociology links as well as specific "tours" through various subfields in the discipline. The tours for death and dyingsocial psychologyrace and ethnicity, and demography are especially good. Spend some time with these links. You'll learn a lot. The "Sociological Tour through Cyberspace" is like an online Sociology 101 textbook!

To see how sociological analysis applies to daily life and current events visit the  Everyday Sociology Blog  and The Society Pages and Sociological Images where sociologists post their analysis of a wide range of topics


Social Science Information Gateway is another "mega site" with thousands of links to social science resources on the web that provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorized by subject specialists based at UK universities.