Do you want to better understand the causes and consequences of social interaction and social change in your community and around the world? The Sociology major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with general conceptual and methodological foundations for understanding the structure and patterns of human interaction as well as the opportunity to focus your degree through a major concentration in Criminology and minors in Anthropology (supported by our new Anthropology Research Lab), and Gender Studies, to develop your personal interests and occupational qualifications. Our program prepares students for graduate, professional, and law degrees; or to pursue careers in a variety of human and social service fields, such as health care, gerontology, child welfare, city management, criminal justice, law enforcement, social work, public relations, education, research, business consultation, and community activism.
As a Sociology major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages of the only stand-alone Sociology department in the state, which makes the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty with diverse backgrounds in criminology, race, gender, and other sociological issues, who expose their students to core concepts and skills in group and interactive settings that encourages socialization, collaboration, analytical discourse, and applied problem solving. Instructors are dedicated to their field and the success of their students. They provide individualized attention and mentoring, as well as applied learning opportunities, such as an artifact archiving project for Anthropology students and an annual survey conducted across the UCA campus by Sociology students, which provides undergraduates with practical experience in the field. Instructors further encourage professional development through writing and theory-intensive courses, culminating in a senior capstone project, in which students conduct an independent research project, including a research proposal, data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, report writing, and presentation of their findings to their peers, faculty, and area professionals.
- Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
- Student Organizations including the Sociology Club, Anthropology Club, and Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, which host a number of events and activities throughout the year to give students an opportunity to interact with their peers, professors, and practitioners in the field. Just a few of these offerings include: service learning projects in the community (such as building garden boxes for a local women’s shelter), fundraisers for humanitarian causes, a film and lecture series, group events (such as the Peace Day Celebration), field trips to historical and archaeological sites and museums, discussion panels on current events, hosting guest speakers for topical presentations and workshops, and conducting student surveys on the UCA campus.
- Professional Development through a variety of programs, such as the annual Arkansas Sociological and Anthropological Association Conference, which provides students with the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research, present their findings, and interact with other sociology students, faculty, and professionals. Students also gain valuable career experience and professional contacts through extensive internship openings, at sites like the mayor’s office, police and sheriff departments, area hospitals, the Department of Human Services, Arkansas Educational Television Network, U.S. Postal Service, Faulkner Probation Office, Washington Center (which places students in D.C. intern positions), and numerous other human and social services agencies. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in our travel seminar to broaden their cultural perspectives, such as recent trips to volunteer and study culture in Honduras and Belize.
- Employment Opportunities our students pursue careers in a variety of fields such as law enforcement officers, attorneys, city managers, policy analysts, military officers, social workers, journalists, teachers, public relations consultants, gerontologists, family support specialists, substance abuse counselors, non-profit community organizers, probation officers, youth pastors, and assisted living activity coordinators, to name a few.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Sociology major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://www.uca.edu/sociology/.