Sociology

Chair or Program Director: 

Frank Hutchins, Ph.D., Program Director
Pasteur Hall 170, Phone 502. 272.8393, fhutchins@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

Faculty: Curtis Bergstrand, Ph.D., Matisa Wilbon, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty: William Curley, M.A.; Kathy Eigelbach, M.S.; Richard Jenks, Ph.D.; Nancy Schrepf, Psy.D.; Greg Smith, M.A.

The sociology program emphasizes a combination of rigorous classroom preparation in sociological theory/research with hands-on experience in the real world such as internships, and police ride-alongs.  A two-course sequence in both theory and research methods is required of all majors.  Numerous sociology students have presented their scholarly papers at undergraduate research conferences around the mid-west. The Department also embraces a strong social justice philosophy and encourages student activism to bring about a more just and humane world as envisioned by Catholic social teaching. The Students for Social Justice, an activist student organization on campus, is sponsored by the sociology department.  Also listed within the Sociology program are courses in Anthropology and Human Geography. These courses offer students additional options for meeting requirements for electives, and bring cross-cultural and global perspectives to the social sciences.

Program Mission Statement

The sociology program seeks to prepare students for graduate school or careers in areas related to sociology by giving them research skills, theoretical insights, and practical experiences in the real world where these skills and insights can be applied. The program seeks to develop each student’s full potential to make a positive contribution to the local community and/or the world at large in some way by applying their knowledge of sociology. Sensitivity to social justice issues and the role of social institutions in creating conditions of social injustice is central to the student’s learning experience.

Student Learning Outcomes (program level) 

1. Demonstrate a fundamental grasp of classic and contemporary theories of society and their origins with the founders of the discipline.
2. Identify connections between theory and research in the construction of scientific knowledge.
3. Conduct an independent research project.
4. Present an independent research project.
5. Demonstrate proficiency with fundamental data manipulation tools and methodologies.
6. Apply sociological theories to real world settings.

Degree Requirements

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