The Sociology and Political Science Department is looking for students who want to make a difference in tomorrow's world and make its society a better place!
The Department of Sociology and Political Science has the primary mission of offering strong academic programs in sociology and political science. We provide students with a quality liberal arts education that prepares them for a rapidly changing world and a variety of work environments and post-graduate educational possibilities. Students are educated not only to master a diverse body of knowledge but also learn how to think critically, analyze data, and clearly communicate what they know and discover. Recognizing that we live in an increasingly technological and diverse world, we seek to incorporate technological expertise and appreciation of human diversity into our courses. The department also strives to serve the wider university, the Upper Cumberland region, and the nation through research and public service.
Develop skills for competing in the 21st century job market
Majors Participating in a Service-Learning,
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Find personalization and specialization
The Department of Sociology and Political Science is staffed with a faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and prepared to serve the needs of students through traditional instruction on campus and through non-traditional instruction methods by participating in the Tn eCampus. The Department has faculty available to assist students in any professional capacity in their pursuit of higher education and beyond. Students benefit from specialized programs and individualized attention designed to help them identify and prepare for a career upon graduation. Our faculty are committed to student success by mentoring students within the classroom, through major advising, and through one-on-one, personalized attention. The department provides the following two pathways towards degree completion.
Traditional Face-to-Face Instruction Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Sociology
For students desiring a traditional college experience that encompasses primarily face-to-face instruction, we
provide courses during the Fall and Spring terms that span 14-weeks. Students pursuing their degree through this pathway can also elect to concentrate their studies along one of the following tracks: (1) criminology and criminal justice, (2) social work, or (3) sociology, generalist. To view the various options within the department, please reference the “Programs of Study” section of the website.
Accelerated Online Instruction Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice
For non-traditional students and working professionals desiring expediency and flexibility, the department also provides several accelerated online courses throughout the calendar year that span seven to eight weeks. The department’s accelerated online pathway towards degree completion also enables students to complete a concentration in criminology and criminal justice. To view the program of study associated with this pathway, please reference the “Programs of Study” section of the website. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Lori Maxwell (LMMaxwell@tntech.edu).
Sociology Major Presenting Research
at a Regional Professional Conference
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