Lakeland's sociology program explores the various ways that human beings live and work together in groups. Whether looking at families or mobs, governments or religions, the student of sociology examines the social and structural factors that influence human behavior and group dynamics.
The sociology major and minor teach students about the dynamic operations of social systems. They introduce students to a unique way of thinking about and researching human behavior, by examining the underlying social roots of thought and action. The study of sociology promotes a student's ability and desire to think critically about the problems, benefits, and values of social systems. While opening one's mind to new ideas and new ways to see the world, these thinking and research skills also open doors to careers in law, public policy administration, human development, criminal justice, marketing, business, and journalism. More information about career paths that graduates may pursue with a bachelor's degree in sociology can be found in this research brief by the American Sociological Association.
Students who major in sociology will be able to:
- use the central concepts of the discipline to understand the structures, functions, and institutions of human societies;
- conduct social research appropriate to the field of sociology, including statistical evaluation of the findings from quantitative measures;
- analyze social theories relevant to the practice of sociology and apply those theories critically and reflectively to our contemporary world; and
- make ethically sound social decisions based on a full understanding of the dynamics of and influences upon various groups.
Click the links below to learn more about Lakeland's sociology faculty.
Don Francis is always working on behalf of his students. Don has a large network of connections to the nonprofit world, and he's always opening doors and making contacts that benefit the students...Read more about Don Francis
Alan Mock uses his own diverse interests to help students open doors to new experiences and viewpoints. A member of Lakeland's faculty since 1993, Dr. Mock launched the college's criminal justice...Read more about Alan Mock
Christopher Moore has been a member of Lakeland's faculty since 2006. Dr. Moore's research and teaching focus is at the juncture between sociology and psychology -- specifically, "social...Read more about Christopher Moore
To learn more about Lakeland's Sociology faculty, follow the link associated with their name.
Dr. Katie Culotta, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, began at Lakeland in 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Students may be...Read more about Katie Culotta
Alicia Helion works hard to motivate students both in and out of the classroom. Alicia joined Lakeland's faculty in 2007, and she's always finding ways to involve students in her research,...Read more about Alicia Helion
Elizabeth Stroot, Social Sciences Division Chair, is the architect of Lakeland's psychology program. Since her arrival at Lakeland in 1999, psychology has grown into one of the college's most...Read more about Elizabeth Stroot