Bart Dredge, Chair
Learning to think sociologically requires more than just the acquisition of knowledge—it demands that we break free from the immediacy of personal circumstances and experiences. The sociology major offers students the opportunity to engage their sociological imaginations so that they might stand outside their experiences—and the experiences of others—and consider them anew. To achieve this, students develop the ability to see and understand the complexities of social life, and learn to deal more effectively with society and individuals in a variety of social settings. They are equipped to navigate in business and corporate settings, to work in social agencies, to formulate public policy, to contribute to and evaluate a host of community-based programs, and to prepare for teaching (especially at the secondary level). Additionally, sociology majors find themselves well prepared for graduate study in sociology, law, social work, gerontology, communication, criminal justice, urban planning, the ministry, and a host of other fields.