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Sociology

Resources

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Scholarships and Awards

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

 

Bonnie Lynne Keith Albracht Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1990 by Barbara S. and Robert B. Keith, in memory of their daughter who attended Rockford University during the summers in the early 1960’s.  This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students with financial need who are majoring in the helping professions.

 

Delman Prize in Sociology

The Delman Prize in Sociology was established to honor faculty emeriti. This award may be given to a student based on academic performance and grade point average criteria who has completed at least 30 credit hours in sociology.

 

Leslie H. Geddes – Rockford Downtown Rotary Club Scholarship

Established in 1993 and based on annual renewal, this scholarship is awarded to outstanding students pursuing a career in the criminal justice field.

 

Stephen K. Alberts Memorial Scholarship in Criminal Justice

Established through individual and corporate gifts to the Rockford University Criminal Justice Advisory Board, this scholarship is awarded to part-time students who are majoring in sociology with a criminal justice emphasis or pursuing the master of business administration degree with emphasis in criminal justice. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and current full-time employment in the law enforcement field.

 

For more scholarship information relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).

Department Information

Sociology

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5212
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.
LNewhart@rockford.edu

Faculty

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SOCIOLOGY FACULTY

Thomas McIntyre, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of  Sociology
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

 
‌‌E-mail:
 TMcIntyre@rockford.edu

Dr. McIntyre graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. Areas of interest include: sociological theory, sociology of community, military sociology, and peace and conflict studies.

Department Information

Sociology

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5212
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.
LNewhart@rockford.edu

Careers and Internships

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CAREERS AND INTERNSHIPS

 

Career Opportunities

Sociology is a popular major or minor for students planning futures in such professions as law, politics, law enforcement, social work, public health, urban planning, community relations and public administration. Students also will find that numerous courses in criminal justice, management, marketing, business organization, labor relations, communication, journalism, recreation and nursing draw upon the principles, research techniques and findings of sociology.

Employers frequently look for potential employees with specific skills that are acquired in sociology courses dealing with survey and research methods, statistics, criminal justice, marketing, and population research. With a number of these courses to their credit, students may well find themselves at a competitive advantage with other liberal arts graduates. The breadth of learning from a liberal arts education gives opportunities to develop interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills essential for success in today’s competitive job market. According to the Wall Street Journal, big employers are wooing social science and liberal arts graduates with growing fervor after years of favoring job applicants with technical degrees. Employers find that graduates of schools like Rockford University can take a variety of problems and apply creative analysis to them.

A variety of career opportunities exist for our graduates in both the public and private sector. Our graduates have found employment in a variety of law enforcement/criminal and juvenile justice agencies at all levels and social service agencies. For students who go on to graduate school, professional positions in law, social work, higher education, research, and public policy and administration are available. In addition, undergraduate study in sociology is good preparation for business careers in local, national and international sales and marketing, and careers in law.

 

Internship Opportunities

Students enrolled in the criminal justice concentration are required to successfully complete one, 3-credit academic internship as part of their degree requirements. Students enrolled in the sociology general concentration may choose to complete one, 3-credit academic internship, although it is not part of their degree requirements. Department faculty and advisors assist students with locating appropriate internship placement opportunities. Internships provide students the opportunity to get a “real world” experience in their field of career interest.

 

Where are they now?

Some of our recent alumni have gone on to graduate work in sociology, social work, and law. Others have obtained positions in social service agencies, from child welfare to community mental health. Still others occupy positions of responsibility and leadership in criminal justice agencies. A number of probation officers and police officers in Rockford and neighboring cities are alumni of our program. In addition, another alumnus is a federal prosecutor and many others have gone on to law school. One is even a U.S. marshal.

Department Information

Sociology

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5212
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.
LNewhart@rockford.edu

Programs of Study

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PROGRAMS OF STUDY

 

A Passion for Society

As majors in sociology at Rockford University, students may pursue a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree and also choose to concentrate in criminal justice. The all-college and divisional requirements ensure a strong liberal arts foundation for a more specialized program of study. Students may have a wide range of academic internship opportunities to work for a semester in an agency or organization in the community and earn credits toward graduation.

Majors and Tracks/Concentrations:

Sociology (B.A., B.S.)

  • Criminal Justice

Course Requirements and Offerings

Rockford University’s Department of Sociology offers students the opportunity to major in sociology and to also concentrate in criminal justice. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the academic catalog.

Department SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes)

SLO 1: Social Organization

Demonstrate knowledge of the properties of social organization, at both micro and macro levels, in different types of societies from preindustrial to postindustrial.

SLO 2: Social Change

Demonstrate knowledge of social change processes at group, institutional, and societal levels at different points of societal development.

SLO 3: Cultural Literacy

Develop an appreciation for the ways in which culture influences patterns of social organization and change in societies, traditional and modern.

SLO 4: Theory and Practice

Develop an understanding of the unity of theory and practice in the conduct of social scientific research and in the professional practice of social work and law enforcement professionals.

SLO 5: Social Science Research

Demonstrate knowledge of social scientific research process and methods.

SLO 6: Communication

Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.

SLO 7: Critical Thinking

Think critically and act responsibly as informed students of social science.

SLO 8: Global Learning:

Demonstrate global self-awareness and perspective-taking, as well as practice cultural relativism.

SLO 9: Ethical Responsibility:

Ability to understand and comply with the principles and ethical standards that underlie sociologists’ professional responsibilities and conduct as put forth by the American Sociological Association.

Recent Syllabi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Information

Department Information

Sociology

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5212
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.
LNewhart@rockford.edu

Sociology

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Students talking

Sociology

Sociology invites us to examine aspects of the social environment that we often ignore, neglect or take for granted. This examination enables us to achieve a better grasp of how society is organized, where power lies, what beliefs channel our behavior, and how societies have evolved over time. The sociological imagination equips us with a special form of consciousness that gives us a better understanding of the social and cultural forces we confront, especially those that constrain us and free us, and how they relate to large scale social structures.

By looking at social and cultural arrangements in imaginative and fresh ways, we gain a new vision of the social experience. We find that the society into which we are born and the culture transmitted to us shape our identities, personalities, emotions, thought processes and fortunes in countless ways.

As majors in sociology at Rockford University, students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in criminal justice or general sociology. In each concentration, the all-university and collegial requirements ensure a strong liberal arts foundation for a more specialized program of study. Students who pursue the criminal justice concentration have a wide range of academic internship opportunities to work for a semester in an agency or organization in the community, and earn credits toward graduation.

At Rockford University, students of sociology learn to recognize and understand the various forms of social organization and social change processes in American society and in other societies around the world. They study various theories of societal organization and change while developing the ability to apply different theoretical approaches to the study of contemporary societies and problems. Students develop a working understanding of the methods of social scientific research, in both qualitative and quantitative forms and learn how sociology has an important role in policy formulation.‌

‌Our goal is to provide a curricular experience that equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate and professional schools, and in positions in the private and public sectors. In addition, we seek to provide our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and commitments to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners. We are committed to helping students understand and accept diversity, to be aware of social problems in our own and other cultures, and to understand the effects of social change on society.

Department Information

Sociology

5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5212
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.
LNewhart@rockford.edu