Paul Donnelly, Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Sociology is part of the department of Psychology, Sociology and Family Science in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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What makes an OBU Sociology degree special?
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. We study these phenomenon through investigating the structure of groups, organizations, societies and how people interact within these contexts. Sociologists use a range of research methodologies to study a variety of social life such as the family, crime, race/ethnicity, gender, religion and cultural values as they relate to everyday life.
What are OBU grads doing with their Sociology degrees?
A major in Sociology will prepare graduates for careers in social work, law, criminal justice, counseling, politics and a variety of helping and ministry opportunities. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology will prepare students for graduate studies as well in a variety of disciplines such as Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, Urban Planning, Public Administration and a variety of Christian Ministries.
What courses can I take?
Social Problems; Wealth, Power and Presige; Criminology/Criminal Justice; and Social Institutions. For more interesting classes, see the sociology degree plan.
What do OBU Sociology faculty specialize in?
Child Health and Well-being, Health Insurance and the Family, Male and Female Fertility Issues, Sexual Behaviors of Adults and Child and Adult Spousal Abuse.
The Sociology and Anthropology departments created a joint-society called the Anthropos Society. This society focuses on the social and cultural issues in our society. We have numerous opportunities to go on field trips and host guest speakers. We also have a service justice component to offer to seom of the social issues in our area. In the fall of 2009, Anthropos Society is hosting a U.S. Ambassador.
Sociology students are also active in Pi Gamma Mu, which is a behavioral and social sciences honor society available to all eligible students.