Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The Sociology Program Major is designed to provide students with a broad base of skills which would allow them to pursue careers in journalism, politics and government, public relations, business, criminal justice, social work and public administration. Additionally, the Sociology Major program will also provide training for those students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in Sociology and other related disciplines. Today, the study of social relations is basic to every type of human endeavor. Government planning, human service work, economic development, personnel management, and the many other activities of our modern world require an understanding of the social system and how individuals fit into it. The program in Sociology prepares the student for further graduate study or for entrance level positions involved with the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of human social behavior.
The general objectives of the Sociology minor are to enable a student to obtain the skills and theoretical concepts used to study individuals within social groups, the organization of groups, relations between groups, and the processes that maintain or change these social structures of familial, economic, and political life.
The learning objectives of the Sociology Program are based on those of the American Sociological Association. Graduating students must be able to demonstrate their understandings and application of:
Required Courses (21 credit hours): SO101, SO203, SO350, SO351, SO414, SO491 and MA385. Electives (21 credit hours) Twenty-one credit hours from 100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses in Sociology or program designated Sociology electives with nine (9) hours in an area of concentration. No fewer than six hours from the 400 level coursework towards completion of major requirements.
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours) Students must choose one (or more) areas of concentration and take no fewer than 9 hours in their area.
Major Concentrations and Required Courses
Gender and Family Studies: WG101, SO/WG230, SO342, SO445, SO455 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO491, or SO498
Social Problems Studies: AN/SO/NU/SW344, SO202, SO221, SO302, SO386, SO411, SO418, AN421, PY440 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO498.
Development Studies: PS304, SO332, GE/AN341, SO360, SO405/G, MI520, SO/GE475 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO491 or SO498.
Required Courses (3 credit hours): SO101
Electives (15 credit hours) Sociology courses (200, 300, 400 level) six (6) credit hours of which must be at least 300-400 level.
*SEE - STUDENT ADVISEMENT SHEET GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS and include under Tier II - Direction Building (DB) – 9-11 credits – 1) CF, DF or UU as Pre-req (Can be within a declared Major) – SO203; 2) DF or Major
Exploration – SO350; 3) DF Exploration outside major requirement (May apply to a Minor
or 2nd Major) - MA151
Tier III – Capstone Experience – Major Capstone Experience: 1) Major Capstone Experience – SO491
Chair, Micronesian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Sociology/Micronesian Studies Program
Professor, Sociology Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Assistant Professor, Sociology
Dr. Debra T. Cabrera most recently taught at St. John’s School in Upper Tumon, Guam while she served as adjunct faculty for sociology at the University of Guam.
Prior to St. John’s School, Dr. Cabrera was a social science instructor then dean of Academic Programs and Services at the Northern Marianas College in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands. She has been active in local, regional, and national organizations, namely the Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities, President Obama’s White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Humanities Guåhan, and the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
Dr. Cabrera holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University. Her current research interests focus on neighborhood crime, juvenile delinquency in the Marianas, and environmental deviance.
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