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The B.A. in Sociology gives students a firm grounding in the discipline and prepares them for graduate programs and careers in sociology and related fields. Students can specialize in a wide range of topics. The curriculum includes sociological theory, women in society, marriage and families, criminology, sport, and deviant behavior. Students learn to design and conduct research in these areas.

Graduates go on to careers in agencies and organizations working in the fields of healthcare, criminal justice, social services, and aging. Jobs include admissions counselor, community organizer, social service manager, research assistant, and substance abuse counselor.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D. 
Department Head, Social Sciences
brecht@rmu.edu
412-397-5419 

Lauren L. Rauscher, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Sociology 
rauscher@rmu.edu
412-397-5916

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CHEM 1210 Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1215 Chemistry I Lab
  • NMED 2001 Introduction to Hospital
  • CSEN 1010/ 1020 Comm Skills I or II
  • MATH 1010 or higher level College Math or higher level

Freshman Year, Spring

  • PHYS 1010 Physics for Allied Health
  • PHYS 1015 Physics for Allied Health Lab
  • BIOL 1210 A & P I
  • BIOL 1215 A & P Lab I
  • PSYC 1010 General Psychology
  • CSEN 1020/ CSCM 1030 Comm Skills II or III

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • BIOL 1220 A & P II
  • BIOL 1225 A & P II Lab
  • ECON 1010 Survey of Economics
  • CSCM 1030/ 2040 Comm Skills III or IV
  • SOCI 1010 Principles of Sociology
  • STAT 2110 Statistics

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • NMED 3003 NM Physics
  • CSCM 2040/ 2050 Comm Skills IV or V
  • INFS 3440 Healthcare Informatics
  • BIOL 2370 Microbiology
  • BIOL 2380 Microbiology Lab
  • NURS 2015 Pathophysiology

Junior Year, Fall

  • NMED 3004 Instrument Tech & Tech
  • NMED 2002 Eval & Instruction
  • NMED 3005 Radiopharmacy
  • NMED 3007 Radiation Safety
  • HUMA 1010 Huma: Arts & Music
  • NMED 3050 Pharmacology

Junior Year, Spring

  • NMED 3008 Clinical Techniques & Practice
  • NMED 3009 NM Tech & Tech
  • NMED 2003 Fund of Healthcare Admin N
  • NMED 3010 Instrumentation & QC I
  • NMED 4010 PET Tech & Techniques
  • NMED 3011 Radiation Biology
  • NMED 3006 Computer Apps in NM

Summer term

  • NMED 4013 Clinical Practice I
  • NMED 4016 Clinical Practice II
  • NMED 4022 Seminar

Senior Year, Fall

  • NMED 4043 Cross-sectional Anatomy
  • NMED 4018 Clinical Practice III
  • NMED 4019 Clinical Practice IV
  • NMED 4021 PET Clinical Practice & Research
  • NMED 4023 CT Technology
  • NMED 4020 Nuclear Cardiology

Senior Year, Spring

  • HIST/POLS X History/Political Science
  • NMED 4024 MRI Technology
  • ELIT XXXX Literature
  • NMED 4600 Advanced Imaging Modalities
Practicum Information

All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.

Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems. 

Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.

More details are available here.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

The Developing World
Schools and Society
American National Government
Major Credits
48
Sociology, Psychology, Criminology
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
33

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