About Sociology

Department objectives for the Sociology major enable students to:

  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills appropriate to evaluating the theoretical perspectives that comprise the disciplinary framework of Sociology;
  • Gain insights into their own personal experiences as positioned members of social institutions;
  • Practice appropriate and effective communication in both oral and written form that expresses their understanding and appreciation of diversity at multiple levels;
  • Develop the skills necessary to contribute positively to their communities, society, and the global context through professional leadership and sociological insight;
  • Critically evaluate their sense of vocation and their ethical values in relation to social problems at the local, national, and global levels.

Sociology Curriculum

A MAJOR in Sociology requires 40-43 credits to include departmental core, practicum and electives in Social Services, Social Identity and Social Change.

Sociology Core: 21-24 credits

  • SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SCJ 120: Writing Proficiency in Criminal Justice (3)*
  • SOC 202: Inequalities of Race, Class and Gender (3)
  • SOC 218: Women and Men in Contemporary Society (3)
  • SOC 331: Social Stratification (3)
  • SOC 335: Social Research (3)
  • SOC 336: Social Theory (3)
  • SOC 495: Senior Seminar (3)

    *required for students who have to take ENG 090

Practicum: 4 credits

  • PRF 201: Career Development Strategies (1), and

Choose one (3 cr.) from the following:

  • SOC 485: Internship in Sociology (3)
  • SOC 491: Independent Research (3)
  • SCJ 333: Moot Court (3)
  • SCJ 304: Mediation Team (1) (repeatable up to 3 credits)

Social Services Electives: 6 credits

Choose two (3 cr.) from the following:

  • SOC 205: Introduction to Human Services (3)
  • SOC 229: Human Trafficking (3)
  • SCJ 215: Court Systems and Judicial Process (3)
  • SCJ 312: Victimology (3)
  • PSY/SCJ/SOC 357: Topics (as recommended and approved by Department Head

 Social Identity Electives: 6 credits

Choose two (3 cr.) from the following:

  • SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (3)
  • SOC 210: Kinship (3)
  • SOC 222: Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • COM 320: Intercultural Communication (2)
  • PSY 310: Social Psychology (3)

 Social Change Electives: 3 credits

Choose one (3 cr.) from the following:

  • SOC 228: Social Justice (3)
  • SCJ 233: Juvenile Justice (3)
  • MATH 230: Statistics (3)
  • HIST 270: Oral History (3) 

A MINOR in Sociology requires 21 credits to include:

  • SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 218: Women and Men in Contemporary Society (3)
  • SOC 331: Social Stratification (3)
  • SOC 336: Social Theory (3)
  • Elective credits (9) to include 6 credits of Sociology courses and 3 credits from either Criminal Justice or Psychology, selected in consultation with advisor and Department Head.

Graduates in Sociology may seek careers as researchers and/or university teachers by continuing their study at the graduate level. Sociology also provides an excellent background for graduate programs in social work, law, criminal justice, and other related disciplines. Additionally, the study of Sociology prepares students for effective participation in a variety of careers in diverse fields such as education, government, criminology and corrections, community service, mental health services, human services, business, and media and information systems. 

A MINOR in Gender Studies requires 21 credits to include:

  • SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (3)
  • SOC 202: Inequalities of Race, Class, and Gender (3)
  • SOC 210: Kinship (3)
  • SOC 218: Women and Men in Contemporary Society (3)
    and 6 credits selected in consultation with the Department Head. 

A minor in Gender Studies prepares students to deal with interpersonal relationships on any job. As women are increasingly participating in the public work force, an educated sensitivity of women's concerns is desirable, especially in management positions. Many governmental policy programs are also addressed to women and children: child support programs, battered women programs, labor studies, marriage counseling, and government-sponsored research on gender issues. Gender studies will also enrich human understanding and contribute to the shaping of culture in the work place, market place, and in the home. 

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree.