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Sociology

Sociology Major

Curiosity about their environment often leads students to pursue sociology. "They want to understand what's happening to them and to understand the world around them," said Sociology Professor Mary Kay Schleiter. "They have some insights into how institutions affect people, and they want to make a difference in the world." 

As a Parkside sociology major, you'll graduate well-prepared to begin your career. You'll leave the university with the confidence that comes from being closely involved with successful research projects and receiving positive feedback.

To gain a deeper understanding, many Parkside sociology majors often choose a minor or concentration in anthropology. Professor Robert Sasso, who heads the anthropology area, pointed out that students have a wealth of research opportunities before them. "The experience working in the community doing research makes it a grounding experience. The difference between reading about it in the classroom and working on it makes it more meaningful," he said.

Your interest may be in archaeology. Sociology/anthropology students have participated in digs with Professor Sasso and and discovered artifacts dating back 13,000 years. You'll enjoy uncovering the rich history of the region, often focusing on how European migration affected native Indian populations, including the Potawatomi.

Parkside's sociology curriculum includes an understanding of theories and methods used by sociologists and anthropologists, as well as substantive areas to which these theories and methods are applied.

Learn more about the Sociology/Anthropology Department at Parkside.

Real Opportunities
Sociology graduates can expect several career options in the field such as case manager, community resource specialist, historian, human service specialist, social scientist, social service administrator, sociological researcher, and many more.
 
Amazing Results
Tessa Brown began to envision herself as a college student when she had an opportunity to tour Parkside. "I knew I wanted to be able to help people from a clinical perspective," she said. "I felt that I could make a difference." Brown realized where she could fit in. The city of Racine has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation and that motivated Tessa to start her own nonprofit organization while still at Parkside. Foundations of Life works with teen parents and their families to empower them through education, and jobs. 

Brown's agency has already made a strong impact. Research reveals that 1 in 4 teen moms will have a second child before their baby is one year old. Teens served by Brown's Foundations of Life have not had subsequent pregnancies, leading to a 100% success rate for the non-profit organization. "That's a huge outcome for us. Our approach is working," Brown said. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D while continuing to serve the community. 

 
Contact Information
Contact Info

Laura Khoury
Phone: (262) 595-2590
E-mail: khoury@uwp.edu

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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