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?
At OBU, the sociology students have a unique opportunity to really get to know the sociology professor and apply what sociology means to the student.
What are OBU grads doing with their Sociology degrees?
Sociology majors typically have a wide array of professions. Some sociology students enter into the business world by joining marketing departments in corporations. Sociologists have a unique perspective of society, which businesses can employ for advertising and human relations within the company. Other sociology students become missionaries with a cultural relativistic approach, understanding the host culture and providing insight into how to spread the message in the new culture effectively. Another option available to students is to pursue a graduate degree in sociology. Sociologists may work in local, state and federal positions as statisticans and/or researchers. The field of sociology is also highly competitive in the criminal justice system as seen in the positions of law enforcement agents, attorneys, wardens, case managers and drug/alcohol abuse counselors.
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.