Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Sociology/Social Studies, BA
What is the study of Sociology/Social Studies?
Sociologist examine subjects encompassing a vast array of human behavior; crime and punishment, the formation and dissolution of families, bureaucracy in organizations, conflicts between classes, and global inequalities. Sociology is distinctive in its focus on the way individuals’ lives are embedded within multiple social contexts that facilitate and constrain the range of possible actions. These contexts include generation, occupation, gender, religion, sexual orientation, family, health, nation, race, and ethnicity among many others.
Completion of the BA Sociology/Social Studies leads to an endorsement in social studies. To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification for secondary education, students must complete the “teacher certification” program, including the content methods course SEC 426, which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education as 1) a part of the undergraduate BA degree, or 2) as a post-baccalaureate program, or 3) as part of the Master’s in Education degree.
See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Many students choose Sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, social services and criminal justice work. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields.
- Teacher—Secondary Education