Program Goals

In general, we want our students to obtain a solid understanding of the field of sociology and its applications. We seek to prepare students for a variety of careers that increasingly require a strong grasp of the structure and problems of the American society. We also seek to prepare our majors for graduate study in sociology and related social sciences, should they choose to continue their education after graduating from Bradley University.

Moving toward these ends, our courses encompass the history of the field, methods of data collection and analysis as well as a variety of specific subject areas (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, work and occupations, mental health, politics, and crime). Many of our courses have a cross-cultural or comparative component. We also offer opportunities for directed study or independent research and participation in internships within a variety of work settings.

Requirements for the Major

A major in sociology at Bradley consists of a minimum of 31 semester hours. Required Core Courses: (13 semester hours) 

  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective (3 hours)
  • SOC 200 Sociology Pro-seminar (1 hour)
  • SOC 240 Methods (3 hours)
  • SOC 320 Theory or SOC 420 Critical Theory (3 hours)
  • SOC 450 Capstone Seminar in Sociology (3 hours) 

Additional Requirements (18 hours) 

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:

  • 210 Sociology of Families
  • 211 Social Problems
  • 212 Sociology of Diversity
  • 316 Sociology of Work & Occupations
  • 330 Perspectives on Deviance
  • 331 Correctional Policies & Society
  • 332 Juvenile Delinquency
  • 341 Medical Sociology
  • 342 Social Policy
  • 343 Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 390 Topics in Sociology: Drugs and Society

Inequality and Social Justice:

  • 312 Social Inequality
  • 313 Race, Ethnicity & Power
  • 315 Gender and Society
  • 321 Individual and Society
  • 322 Self & Social Interaction
  • 333 Sociology of Violence
  • 334 Crime and Society
  • 344 Social Movements
  • 345 Political Sociology
  • 346 Education
  • 420 Critical Theory 

Global Studies:

  • 300 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender
  • 303 Culture & Belief: Magic, Religion, Witchcraft
  • 305 Peoples and Cultures of the Non-Western World
  • 311 Comparative Family Systems
  • 314 Native Americans
  • 324 Sociology of Religion
  • 325 Science, Technology, and Modernity
  • 326 Sociology of Globalization 

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 2.25 in all courses taken in the department is needed for graduation.

Suggested course sequence for SOC Majors

  1. SOC 100 (Intro)
  2. SOC 200 and 200-level courses, including SOC 240 (Methods)
  3. SOC 320 (Theory) and 300-level electives
  4. SOC 450 (Capstone Seminar) and 400-level electives