2013–2014 Sociology Program (SOC)
Faculty: Kristjane Nordmeyer, Mark Rubinfeld
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 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. The sociology program allows for the double dipping of up to eight credits from courses in the sociology-related fields of anthropology (ANTH), justice studies (JUST), political science (PLSC) and/or psychology (PSYC) that can be applied toward fulfilling the elective requirements of the sociology major and, similarly, allows for the double dipping of up to four credits from courses in the above sociology-related fields (ANTH, JUST, PLSC, PSYC) that can be applied toward fulfilling the elective requirements of the sociology minor.
Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Sociology major:
Sociology Elective Course Offerings include but are not limited to the following; see Sociology Course Descriptions for a full listing:
SOC 253 Sociology of the Family (4)
Sociology-Related Elective Course Offerings include sociology-related courses in Anthropology, Justice Studies, Political Science, and Psychology;
Recommended Plan of Study for Sociology
* 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.