TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (January 18, 2024) – Education leaders are calling on the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) to “Save Sociology” and reconsider an amendment that would remove Principles of Sociology as a general education core course option for students. The proposal, which will be voted on at the BOG’s January 24th meeting, comes on the heels of the Florida State Board of Education’s decision to remove it as a core course offering in all Florida colleges.
Removing sociology as a core course offering for universities, would all but ensure fewer learning opportunities for students and further strain for faculty and graduate assistants in this area of expertise.Final_UFF-release_Jan-18_V2
“Florida students deserve an education system that will allow them an opportunity to think critically and analytically so they can grow to become productive and successful citizens. When the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Board of Governors (BOG) remove a course like sociology as a core course offering from colleges and universities, respectively, they’re actually limiting a student’s ability to analyze the society they live in and the larger world around them through the lens of scientific inquiry and research studies. The removal of this course by the SBOE from the general education curriculum of colleges, and the consideration by the BOG to do the same, has just made Florida the only state in the nation that would no longer include sociology as a core course option within the general education curriculum, thereby placing our higher education system at a lower level of quality than competing institutions across the country. This action now puts Florida students at a critical disadvantage on the regional, national, and global stage.Teresa M. Hodge, United Faculty of Florida (UFF) President, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Broward College