Sociology - General Sociology

    Overview

    With a degree in Sociology, you’ll build a framework for understanding complex societal issues, with a valuable foundation for many community-oriented careers, including human services, teaching, law and politics.

    • Sociology offers practical skills needed to succeed in a diverse, global society.
    • According to the American Sociological Association, over half of recent sociology graduates are employed in social services, administrative support, management, or education.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own research on a sociological topic.
    • Sociology faculty have authored books on their sociological studies.

    With a degree in Sociology, you’ll build a framework for understanding complex societal issues, with a valuable foundation for many community-oriented careers, including human services, teaching, law and politics.

    You could be …

    A community service manager: Median pay $64,680 per year. Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.

    A social worker: Median pay $46,890 per year. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues.

    Nonprofit director: Median pay $64,086 per year. Nonprofit directors are equivalent to a CEO for a nonprofit organization. They are responsible for strategy, daily operations of the organization and working closely with the board of directors.

    (Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)

    Sociology - General Sociology

    Division

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Program Type

    Major

    Additional Information

    Many courses have prerequisites which are listed in the course description. Please be sure that necessary prerequisites have been taken before enrolling in any course.

    * Students declaring/changing to one of the majors in the division (GIS, PSY, SOC) must take the discipline-specific statistics course if they have not previ- ously taken another statistics course.

    If a student has taken a statistics course in another discipline prior to declaring the major, and earned a C or better in that course, they do not have to take the discipline-specific statistics course.

    Under no circumstances can MTH 200 be substituted for PSY 245 or SOC 215.

    Note: Government & International Studies majors are required to take SOC 215. SOC 450 and SOC 490/491 cannot be substituted with portfolio assessment.

    Sociology - General Sociology Recommended Series of Courses

    AT BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE EACH COURSE UNIT IS EQUIVALENT TO 4 CREDITS, .5 COURSE UNIT IS EQUIVALENT TO 2 CREDITS.

    FOUR (4) GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES MUST BE TAKEN AT THE 200 LEVEL OR HIGHER

    *SOC 490/491 WILL SATISFY ONE (1) OF THE TWO (2) WRITING INTENSIVE REQUIREMENTS

    GROUP II: GIS 235, SOC 211, SOC 212, SOC 213, SOC 230, SOC 234, SOC 235, SOC 236, SOC 241, SOC 243, SOC 243, SOC 249, SOC 251, SOC 257

    GROUP III: PSY 317, SOC 305, SOC 308, DOC 309, SOC 314, SOC 316, SOC 333, SOC 336, SOC 369, SOC 370 GROUP IV: SOC 412, SOC 413, SOC 414, SOC 415, SOC 416, SOC 417, SOC 418, SOC 433

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    Dr. Esmail Bagheri-Najmi
    Division Chair, Professor
    Year Joined: 1995
    • B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
      University of Wisconsin
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1645
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 206
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    Dr. Esmail Najmi is a Professor of Sociology and the Chair of the Division of Social and
    Behavioral Sciences. He has a B.A. in Film Studies and a Ph.D. in Sociology, both from
    the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of interest include social theory, class
    analysis, sociology of culture/media, social revolutions, and research methods.

    Courses Taught:
    Statistics for Sociologists
    Methods of Social Research
    Classical Sociological Theory
    Social Inequality
    Selected Topics in Sociology (Punishment and Society; Digital Media and Social Life;
    Power, Domination, and Modern Institutions; Contemporary US Society; and Cinema
    and Society).

    Subject(s): Sociology
    Natascia Boeri
    Dr. Natascia Boeri
    Assistant Professor
    Year Joined: 2017
    • B.A.
      Warren Wilson College;
    • M.A.
      Queens College, City University of New York;
    • Ph.D.
      The Graduate Center, City University of New York
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1778
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 306
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    Natascia Boeri

    Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
    B.A., Warren Wilson College

    Courses taught: 

    Social Problems & Public Solutions
    Theory and Practices in Human Services
    Methods of Social Science Research
    Senior Capstones (Senior Seminar, Fall Internship)
    Special Topics (Gender & Social Policy, Women & Leadership)

    Dr. Boeri is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and specializes in gender, work, and international development. Her research on informal workers in India was funded by the National Science Foundation, and she was a 2015-2016 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow. She is an active member of the Sociologists for Women in Society and has represented SWS as a delegate to the United Nations numerous times. Dr. Boeri’s teaching style emphasizes experiential learning, and her aim is for students to use knowledge to nurture change in themselves and their community. Her publications can be found on Google Scholar.

    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Claudia Kowalchyk
    Associate Professor, Coordinator of Sociology (General/Criminal Justice)
    Year Joined: 1994
    • B.S. M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D.
      New York University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1287
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 303
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    Ph.D. New York University

    Courses taught:

    • Deviance & Social Control,
    • Criminal Justice & Race
    • Prison Industrial Complex
    • Sociology Spring Internship

     

    Interests:

    • Social justice activism
    Subject(s): Sociology
    Vânia Penha-Lopes
    Dr. Vania Penha-Lopes
    Professor
    Year Joined: 1998
    • B.A.
      Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
    • M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D.
      New York University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1540
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 304
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    Vânia Penha-Lopes

    Vânia Penha-Lopes is Professor of Sociology at Bloomfield College. She is also co-chair of the Brazil Seminar at Columbia University (2008-present) and was a member of the executive committee of the Brazilian Studies Association-BRASA (2010-14). A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Penha-Lopes graduated with honors from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (1982). She is also a graduate of New York University, with a Master’s degree in Anthropology (1987) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1999). As a post-doctoral fellow at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (2006-07), she did research on the first graduating class of Brazilian university quota students. She has received a number of awards, including the Carter G. Woodson Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Afro-American and African Studies, from the University of Virginia (1996-98), and the Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Encyclopaedia Britannica do Brasil (1982), of which she was the youngest recipient. Dr. Penha-Lopes has lectured extensively on comparative race relations, African American fatherhood, and racism in Brazil and has been interviewed for articles in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, O Estado de São Paulo, and The Washington Post. Her work has been cited in a number of books on race relations, in textbooks, and in peer-reviewed articles. In addition to a number of articles, Dr. Penha-Lopes is the author of Confronting Affirmative Action: University Quota Students and the Quest for Racial Justice (2017), Pioneiros: Cotistas na Universidade Brasileira (2013), and co-editor of Religiosidade e Performance: Diálogos Contemporâneos (2015).

    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Samuel Coe
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2020
    • B.S.
      Cornell University;
    • J.D.
      Brooklyn Law School
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Virginia Cornue
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2012
    • B.F.A.
      University of North Carolina;
    • M.A.
      New School for Social Research;
    • Ph.D.
      Rutgers University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Erica Polakoff
    Professor Emerita
    • B.S. Ph.D.
      Cornell University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Craigon Campbell
    Part-time Institutional Research Consultant
    • Ed.D.
      Fairleigh Dickson University
    • M.S.
      Queens College, CUNY
    • B.S.
      York College, CUNY
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
    • Identify the major conceptual and theoretical frameworks, along with the assumptions, upon which the discipline of sociology is grounded and that differentiate it from other social science disciplines.
    • Move beyond “folk” explanations of social phenomena and employ the sociological imagination to analyze social problems in context, using core sociological concepts such as social structure, socialization and social interaction, inequality, and social change. 
    • Identify major methodological approaches to data collection and data analysis in sociology, describe the basics of research design, conduct empirical research, critically assess the research of others, and be able to identify the assumptions and limitations underlying particular research methodologies in sociology.
    • Understand the value that sociological knowledge and skills have for life, work and citizenship, and use them to engage with and change the world around them. 

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