Academic Programs & Majors
The Sociology program at Paine College is a four-year program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students can choose an emphasis in one of three areas: Criminology, Social Psychology, or General Sociology.
Criminology offers theoretical and methodological training for careers in teaching and research. The broad range of issues studied includes patterns of deviant behavior, causes of delinquency and crime, and various social responses to deviant and antisocial behavior. Whether you plan on a career in law enforcement, parole and probation, and the justice system or you plan on continuing to graduate or law school, Criminology might be the choice for you. This emphasis will prepare you with a broad understanding of the history and future of criminology, criminology theory, criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, crime statistics, and the social construction of crime. View course requirements for Emphasis in Criminology.
Social Psychology offers background in Social Psychology theory ranging from symbolic interactionism to rational choice theory, and in the application of Social Psychology to substantial areas such as family relations, social inequality, gender, and race. Social Psychology studies how our beliefs, feelings, and behavior are affected by other persons/environment. Some of the topics of interest in the Social Psychology area are attitudes, aggression, prejudice, love, and interpersonal attraction. It is a god background for those interested in social work. Many Social Psychologists are being hired by hospitals, federal agencies, and businesses to perform applied research. View course requirements for Emphasis in Social Psychology.
The general sociology emphasis does not focus on any one aspect of sociology, instead preparing the student for the workforce by imparting knowledge from across the field of sociology. Like all of our areas of emphasis, general sociology prepares students by training their analytical and interpersonal skills, as well as fostering a thorough knowledge of research and communications. With the general specialization you will be well prepared for the graduate school experience, or move on to careers in international development, social work, community organization, human services, law, business, or politics. View course requirements for Emphasis in General Sociology.