2012 - 2013 Sociology Program (SOC)

Objectives | Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Kristjane Nordmeyer, Mark Rubinfeld

Program Goals


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.

Program Requirements

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.

Academic Major

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


Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Sociology majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Lower Division Courses 8
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE 4
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE 4
III. Upper Division Sociology & Related Courses 16
SOC 305 Contemporary Issues 4
SOC 313 Introduction to Social Theory 4
SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods 4
SOC 470 Senior Thesis 4
IV. Electives 24
Twenty-four credits of sociology or sociology-related electives (see above) with 14 of those credits at the 300-level or above 24

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)
SOC Elective
Junior Year SOC 305
SOC Elective
SOC 313
SOC Elective
Senior Year SOC 390
SOC Elective
SOC 470

* 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.

Academic Minor in Sociology

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 8
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology, LE 4
SOC 313 Social Theory 4
II. Electives 12
Eight hours of Sociology or related coursework (see above) numbered 300 or above 8
Four hours of Sociology or sociology-related 200-, 300-, or 400-level coursework (see above) 4