Sociology is among the more popular areas of study at Providence because you study everything from interpersonal human relationships to interactions between people and powers on a global scale. It helps you to understand how these relationships are developed, structured, and changed, and the ways in which they are often shaped by social norms and cultural forces outside ourselves. You will learn to think analytically, creatively, and constructively about yourself, others, and the culture(s) in which we find ourselves. This higher level of cultural literacy mixed with Christian sensitivities will make you a valuable and effective contributor at the personal, organizational, national, or international levels. The Providence program has a significant focus on social justice which motivates social activism.
For entry into the Sociology major, a grade of "C" or better in any Sociology course is required. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses.
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Graduates build careers in a vast array of human or social services, including humanitarian aid, social work, community programming and development, disaster relief, human resources, social policy analysis, education, criminal justice, counseling, civil service, law, journalism, and much, much more. Some first pursue graduate studies in fields closely related to sociology.