The rationale for the department's general requirements is based on the belief of the faculty that a broad background in the liberal arts is necessary for meaningful participation in the world.
The research methods requirements, SOC 206. Qualitative Research Methods and SOC 207. Quantitative Research Methods, are based on the belief that effective participation in the contemporary world requires a background in research strategies. To achieve this goal, the student has access to the University's academic computer system via terminals in the departmental complex. The current version of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSSx) is the principal software used by the department. Other programs are available for use. This allows the student hands-on experience with the current state of research technology. If a student wishes to continue this orientation, he or she may obtain a minor in computer science.