Sociology

FACULTY Associate Professors Crawford, Hogan (Chair); Assistant Professors Leach, Spiller, Wiebold, Wightman (anthropology), Zant.

The Department of Sociology offers a variety of courses useful to students with diverse professional goals. Sociology is a popular major for students planning careers in such professions as law, business, journalism, health care, education, politics, social work, or public administration. It provides a solid body of knowledge on the nature and problems of human relations and a distinctive way of looking at the world. The courses offer a range of methodologies and research techniques which can be applied in a variety of fields such as administration, criminal justice, health care, counseling, and social work. In addition, exposure to theoretical and methodological issues and to comparative, historical, and critical analyses provides those students who want to pursue graduate work with a strong academic background.

The department offers a major and a minor in sociology, and a major in social work. For social work major see Social Work Program.

Major in Sociology

A major in sociology consists of a minimum of 31 semester hours in sociology.

Core Courses - 13 hrs.

The following five core courses, including a one-credit proseminar providing students with an overview of the field, are required.

  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective
  • SOC 200 Sociology Proseminar (1 semester hour)
  • SOC 240 Research Methods
  • SOC 320 Social Theory or SOC 420 Critical Theory
  • SOC 450 Capstone Seminar in Sociology

Additional Requirements - 18 hrs.

Students must choose one of the three focus areas listed below and take two courses within that area, one of which must be at or above the 300 level. To ensure a breadth of knowledge in the field, they must also complete at least one course from each of the other two focus areas.

  • Health and Social Services: SOC 210, 211, 212, 316, 330, 331, 332, 341, 342, 343
  • Inequality and Social Justice: SOC 312, 313, 315, 321, 322, 333, 334, 344, 345, 346, 420
  • Global Studies: SOC 300, 303, 305, 311, 314, 324, 325, 326

The remaining two course selections (6 semester hours) are open electives and may include any of the courses listed above, as well as SOC 101, SOC 390, SOC 391, SOC 490, SOC 491, or SOC 571. Students will complete their Capstone Seminar project within their chosen focus area.

At least 15 of the 31 hours required for the major must be at the 300 level or above. Only one internship course may apply towards the 31-hour requirement. A grade point average of 2.01 in all courses taken in the department is needed for graduation. Students may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree in sociology. Sociology majors are urged to consult with a department advisor each semester concerning class schedules.

Sociology Minor

The sociology minor requires a minimum of 15 hours as specified below:

  1. SOC 100; SOC 240 or SOC 320
  2. At least 9 of the 15 hours must be at the 300 level or above.
  3. Minimum of 2.01 grade point average in courses taken for the minor.

The following courses in the Department meet University general education requirements: SOC 100, 101, 300, 303, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 321, 325, 326, 420.