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Academic programs in sociology

Are you interested in people and how they interact with other people to form groups and societies? Do you find yourself thinking about why some groups of people don't get along with other groups of people? Or are you curious about the sounds, tastes and colors of other cultures?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider studying sociology at Calvin.

The sociology department offers the following academic programs:

Sociology major

Take five required courses to build a foundation for your study of sociology, then choose six electives to deepen your knowledge in specific areas of the field.

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Sociology minor

Take a basic course in sociology and choose six sociology electives based on your interests and career goals.

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Secondary education sociology minor

Prepare for your teaching career by taking five courses in sociology, one interdisciplinary course and a psychology course.

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Careers in sociology

Wonder what you can do with your sociology major or minor?

Careercast, an online job search portal, listed sociology as one of the ten best careers in American for 2009.

From 1988–2007, Calvin sociology graduates went into career fields in the following areas:

 • Business/Administration: 24%
 • Social Services: 36%
 • Education: 22%
 • Ministry: 14%
 • Health Care: 2%
 • Law: 2%

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