As a Lakeland College sociology student, you will become well-versed in theory and learn all about research. But unlike at many schools, you will then draw from your expertise in both disciplines and apply it to a working internship or an intensive independent study project.
“What we really think the field is about is learning to think theoretically about the world, how the world works … and then being able to have some knowledge of how to go out and research that social world and learn more about it, as well as interpreting other people’s research work,” says Alan Mock, professor of sociology.
While many schools have one course on theory and one on research methods, Lakeland requires completion of two theory classes – one in classical theory and the other in contemporary theory. “We think that’s very critical,” Mock says.
Apply your expertise
Once you fully understand the deeply steeped theories of human group behavior and policy, and know how to research sociology, you will be ready to make your knowledge come alive through an internship or independent study. This interactive focus separates Lakeland from so many schools.
“We want people to go out and observe the real world in a work environment and wrestle with theory and concepts,” Mock says. “I think we emphasize that more than most places do.”
Successful internships have taken place at Habitat for Humanity and Safe Harbor (a local domestic violence center), among many other locations. These are also the types of organizations you could work for after earning your sociology degree – places where you can make a positive societal difference.
“We have students who go into the social service agencies,” says Mock. “They work for agencies that are trying to improve some facet of the world.”
Sociology Major (43 semester hours)
- MAT 220 Probability and Statistics
- SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
- SOC 260 Classical Social Theory
- SOCP 220 Social Psychology
- SOCP 335 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0 semester hours)
- SOC 460 Contemporary Social Theory (Writing Intensive)
- One of the following courses:
- ANT 110 Introduction to Anthropology
- ANT 223 Cultural Anthropology
- PSYS 227 Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Any CRJS, PSYS, or SOCP course
- NPO 330 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
- NPO 350 Community Relations for Nonprofits
A total of seven (7) additional sociology (SOC) courses, a minimum of four (4) must be 300-level or above, with a maximum of three (3) from the following list:
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland College sociology students from recent graduating classes have landed:
- Resident director, Residence Life, the University of Oklahoma
- Masters student, counselor education, Concordia University
- Community Support Specialist, Dungarvin
- Graduate student, Ph.D. (sociology), University of Akron
- Graduate student, Hamline Law School
- Resident care worker, Willowglen Academy
- Residence hall director, UW-Stevens Point
- Professional recruiter, QPS Employment Group
- Development officer, Americorps
Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland College sociology students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
- Advanced Family Chiropractic - Manitowoc, Wis.
- Aung Japanese Academy - Myanmar, Burma
- David Benton Mentoring - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Deborah’s Place - Chicago, Ill.
- GL Navigation - Japan
- Kaehne, Limbeck, Pasquale & Pasquale - Sheboygan, Wis.
- Lakeland College/Japan - Japan
- Kane County (IL) Sherriff’s Department
- Sheboygan County Probation and Parole
- Child Life Specialist, St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI
- Sauk County Sherriff’s Department
Name: Daniel Firkus
Hometown: Crivitz, Wis.
Title: Law student
Graduate School: Hamline University
After high school, Dan joined the Army, and for four years, he spent time in Kentucky, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He saw a lot, learned a lot and grew up a lot. Following his tour of duty, Dan attended Lakeland College, earned a sociology degree in 2011 and gained admittance into the highly regarded Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota. He also won the Justice Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, which covers full tuition.
“It’s challenging, and a lot is expected of you,” says Dan, 28, who has one more year at Hamline. “They give you the tools, but you are required to put in a lot of hours.”
This summer, Dan completed an internship with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. When he’s finished with law school, he plans to return to the U.S. Army – this time as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer.
“I’d like to help soldiers in the Army,” Dan says. “There’s an array of legal issues, and having a JAG representative there helps morale. I like to help people. There’s so much going on, worrying about an expired lease or something like that is the last thing a soldier should be worrying about when the bullets are flying.”
While at Lakeland, Dan appreciated his professors and the tools and advice he was given to succeed.
“Lakeland is a strong academic school,” he says. “It’s all about education, with easy access to all of our professors. Professor Chris Moore wrote me a great recommendation, and I used all of the resources available to me to prepare for the LSAT. My advisor, Professor Alan Mock, and Professor Moore were very helpful in guiding me.”
Sociology at Lakeland
The independent study option is worth three credits, and culminates with a substantial paper following intensive individual reading and research on a social subject.
“The student works with a faculty member, but the student has significant involvement in shaping the topic,” Mock says. “It may be taking a facet of sociology, like stratification, and digging into it. Or maybe the student wants to look into homelessness and learn more about that. Or maybe they want to learn about federal food policies – food stamps or those types of things. Maybe it’s housing or peace issues. Anything they want to get into to.”