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    Western Washington University
  Jan 18, 2018
2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology/Social Studies, BA

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Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

81-85 credits

Introduction/What is the Study of Sociology/Social Studies?

Sociologist examine subjects encompassing a vast array of human behavior; crime and punishment, the formation and dissolution of families, bureaucracy in organizations, conflicts between classes, and global inequalities. Sociology is distinctive in its focus on the way individuals’ lives are embedded within multiple social contexts that facilitate and constrain the range of possible actions. These contexts include generation, occupation, gender, religion, sexual orientation, family, health, nation, race, and ethnicity among many others.

Completion of the BA Sociology/Social Studies leads to an endorsement in social studies. To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification for secondary education, students must complete the “teacher certification” program, including the content methods course SEC 426, which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education as 1) a part of the undergraduate BA degree, or 2) as a post-baccalaureate program, or 3) as part of the Master’s in Education degree.

See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Why Consider a Sociology/Social Studies Major? 

Sociology students develop an aptitude for critical thinking, improve their writing ability, and gain competence with statistical computing that will enhance their future career options. Sociology students also have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led study abroad programs.

A specialization in Sociology/Social Studies provides an excellent base of knowledge for individuals interested in becoming social studies teachers.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Mick Cunningham
Arntzen Hall 514

Department Advisor
Andrea Osborn
Arntzen Hall 513

Secondary Education Information
Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C

Teacher Education Admissions
Miller Hall 214

 Sample Careers

Teacher - Secondary Education

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

The number of students admitted to the major is limited as a result of the structure of the sociology curriculum and departmental staffing capabilities.

All students wishing to become Sociology majors should meet the following criteria:

Completion of at least 45 college-level credits
Completion of at least 5 credits in Sociology with a grade of C- or better
If the preceding criteria are met, students must complete the paperwork for Admission to the Sociology Major, at which point, there are two paths to becoming a Sociology major.

Path 1 (Immediate Declaration): Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher may submit their Admission paperwork at any time to the Sociology Department Advisor for approval and admission to the major.

Path 2 (Application Review): Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.85 should submit their Admission paperwork to the Sociology Department on or before Friday of the 2nd week of fall, winter, spring, or summer quarter. These applications will be reviewed and admission to the major will be based on a combination of overall GPA, Sociology GPA, and space available in the program. Students will receive notification regarding their admission status during the third week of classes.

Grade Requirements

Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.


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