Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behavior, including the behavior of individuals and the social dynamics of small groups, institutions and societies.
Students in sociology learn about urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social class, social movements, crime and the criminal justice system, and contemporary social issues. A sociology major provides an intellectual background for students considering careers in law, medicine, business, consulting, education, or just about any other profession.
An English as a Second Language degree is intended to provide an education in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. This major does not provide certification for American public school teaching, but is intended to prepare students for teaching English in non-English-speaking countries. Internships through Doane's International Program provide unique training opportunities for students in the ESOL studies program.
An English/Language Arts major is intended to prepare teachers in three areas of English, speech and theatre. No second major is needed for certification in this area, but an interest in all three areas of language arts is necessary.
To become a successful elementary school teacher and shape the future of our youth, you need the support of a valuable elementary education program.
Doane’s elementary education program prepares students to teach kindergarten through eighth-grade. A range of field experiences in your sophomore and junior years will help you decide which grade level you would most like to teach.
The Spanish program gives you insight into the second most spoken language in the world. With an increased demand for Spanish-speaking people in a multitude of fields such as business and communication, having a Spanish degree proves marketable - especially when paired with another subject. Also, students don't just learn the language.
The physical sciences include physics, chemistry, meteorology, astronomy and geology. A physical science major allows you to gain a broad understanding of these areas and prepare for a career in teaching or in the health industry.
The German program is designed to serve a variety of goals. It gives you the insight into one of the world's great languages and literatures. It provides an additional marketable skill for majors in several fields including business, sociology, psychology, education, and communication. A major in German is required for certification to teach the language in high school. Also, Doane is one of the only colleges in the United States that make it a requirement to study abroad for at least a semester if you're going to major in a Modern Language.
The French program is designed to serve a variety of goals. It provides instruction in the French language, French and Francophone literature and culture, and it plays an integral role in the Contemporary European Studies major. Students with a knowledge of French will find career opportunities throughout the French-speaking world in business, management, marketing, development programs, education, science, communication, and much more. A major in French is required for certification to teach the language in high school.
The English undergraduate degree is designed to build a sound foundation in general literacy for a variety of possible professions, from editing and writing to teaching and law. An English major provides unusually strong preparation for graduate study as well, through the core of required courses.
"I'm glad that I chose to be a journalism major. Even as a freshman, the journalism department allowed me to travel to New York for the College Media Convention to learn and expand in a new environment. You are given so many opportunities to be a well-rounded journalist, from news writing and reporting to broadcast and photojournalism. I love my major," Aspen Green, sophomore journalism major.