Sociology at Ship


Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and social organization.  Sociologists study social issues such as the changing family structure, racism and sexism, gender, health care, crime and delinquency, inequality and poverty, and immigration.  Careers in sociology include conducting social research, developing and evaluating social policy, organizational consulting, and program development. 

The sociology program at Shippensburg University offers you a strong core in the career skills the American Sociological Association has identified as important in today's employment marketplace, such as the ability to analyze and interpret various types of data using a statistical package, write an evidence-based argument, evaluate the strengths of research methods and findings, and write research and grant proposals.

The major is comprised of 36 credits in sociology, as well as university skills and general education courses, and allied requirements. You need 120 credits minimum for the bachelor of arts degree.  As a sociology major you will take

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201 Thinking Sociologically

SOC 220 Social Stratification

SOC 385 Introduction to Social Research

SOC 386 Data Collection and Analysis

SOC 380 Classical Social Theory

SOC 415 Senior Seminar

15 credits of sociology electives.  You can choose a specialization track in sociology or complete the general sociology major.  Tracks are offered in Deviance and Social Problems, Community & Civic Engagement, and Social Diversity. Ask your advisor for more information.



  • Utilize professional skills (e.g., assess evidence, defend position, use appropriate skills in a work setting) about social issues as applied to real-world situations/ sites.
  • Apply and evaluate a concept(s) to a current social issue in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the patterns and processes of human activity and the diversity of social groups.
  • Construct and deliver written and/or oral arguments that demonstrate critical thinking and professional skills as appropriate for the profession.
  • To identify the diverse experiences related to a specific social phenomenon for at least 2 different groups.
  • Demonstrate and use research skills including hypothesis development, lit review, survey development, SPSS, and data analysis.
  • Students will be able to define sociological concepts.