2012 - 2013 Sociology Program (SOC)
Faculty: Kristjane Nordmeyer, Mark Rubinfeld
- To enhance critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills
- To improve writing and other communication skills
- To be able to understand, evaluate, and conduct different types of social research
- To develop global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness
- To gain an understanding of the discipline's concepts, foundations, and perspectives
Sociology offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an academic minor. The primary focus of sociology is on the structure of human society. Students study the social causes and consequences of human behavior and learn to apply sociological principles and concepts to their own lives. Sociology explains those events that lead to the strengths or weaknesses of groups and provides an understanding of the circumstances that lead to social change. As a science, sociology strives to train students to evaluate and analyze social phenomena as they occur in society. Students are encouraged to use their learning and experience in applied settings such as internships, seminars, and directed studies. Students must consult with the appropriate faculty in designing programs to meet specific needs and interests.
Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in courses required for the sociology major and minor. Students choosing a double major or minor within the Social Science Program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed as "required classes" for both majors/minors may be applied to both. Students may apply courses from related fields (anthropology, justice studies, political science, psychology) with the consent of the instructor. Students have the opportunity to take an internship and may apply a maximum of 4 credit hours of internship coursework to the major. Majors must have completed SOC 390 before they can take SOC 470. The prerequisite for SOC 390 is MATH 150.
For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.
|Liberal Education Courses||Credit Hours|
|The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Sociology major.
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
|I. Foreign Language Requirement||8|
|II. Lower Division Courses||8|
|III. Upper Division Sociology & Related Courses||16|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR||56|
Sociology Elective Course Offerings include but are not limited to the following; see Sociology Course Descriptions in the back of the Catalog for a full listing:
SOC 253 Sociology of the Family (4)
SOC 300 Special Topics in Sociology (4)
SOC 320 Sociology of Popular Culture (4)
SOC 330 Sports and Society (4)
SOC 345 Human Sexuality (4)
SOC 350 Gender in Society (4)
SOC 370 Social Work (4)
SOC 372 Race, Ethnicity and Class (4)
SOC 401 Directed Studies (1-3)
SOC 440 Internship (1-4)
Sociology-Related Elective Course Offerings include sociology-related courses in Anthropology, Justice Studies, Political Science, and Psychology; see Sociology Program Chair for a full listing.
Recommended Plan of Study for Sociology
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Freshman Year||SOC 105* (freshman or sophomore year)||SOC Elective|
|Sophomore Year||SOC Elective
MATH 150 (anytime prior to SOC 390)
|Junior Year||SOC 305
|Senior Year||SOC 390
* SOC 105 ideally should be taken as early as possible, either freshman or sophomore year. MATH 150 may be taken at any time prior to taking SOC 390. (Both SOC 105 and MATH 150 are offered every semester.) SOC 390 must be completed prior to SOC 470 (Senior Thesis). The 24 hours of sociology or sociology-related electives (see above) can be distributed in any way that best meet students' needs.
|I. Required Courses||8|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR||20|