About Sociology

Department objectives for the Sociology major enable students to:

  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills appropriate to evaluating the theoretical perspectives that comprise the disciplinary framework of Sociology;
  • Gain insights into their own personal experiences as positioned members of social institutions;
  • Practice appropriate and effective communication in both oral and written form that expresses their understanding and appreciation of diversity at multiple levels;
  • Develop the skills necessary to contribute positively to their communities, society, and the global context through professional leadership and sociological insight;
  • Critically evaluate their sense of vocation and their ethical values in relation to social problems at the local, national, and global levels.

Sociology Curriculum

A major in Sociology requires 34 credits consisting of 19 credits of department core to include:

  • SCJ 104: Voices/Values/Vocation in SOC/CJ(1)
  • SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 331: Social Stratification (3)
  • SOC 335: Social Research (3)
  • SOC 336: Social Theory (3)
  • SOC 385/86/87 or 485/86/87: Internship (3-6)
  • SOC 495: Senior Seminar (3)
    and 15 credits in Sociology or from the following with permission from the department head of the Sociology/Criminal Justice department.
  • UDIN 315: Developing Nations of the World (3)
  • COM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • Any one SCJ course listed (3 credit minimum)

Those majoring in Sociology must receive a grade of C or better in each core and required course.

A minor in Sociology consists of 21 credits in Sociology including:

  • SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 331: Social Stratification (3)
  • SOC 335: Social Research (3)
  • SOC 336: Social Theory (3)
    and 9 credits selected in consultation with the department head.

Graduates in Sociology may seek careers as researchers and/or university teachers by continuing their study at the graduate level. Sociology also provides an excellent background for graduate programs in social work, law, criminal justice, and other related disciplines. Additionally, the study of Sociology prepares students for effective participation in a variety of careers in diverse fields such as education, government, criminology and corrections, community service, mental health services, human services, business, and media and information systems. 

The Gender Studies minor consists of 21 credits.

The following 15 credits in Sociology are core to the Gender Studies minor:

  • SOC 111: Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SOC 112: Social Problems (3)
  • SOC 210: Marriage and the Family (3)
  • SOC 311: Inequalities of Race, Class, and Gender (3)
  • SOC 322: Women and Men in Contemporary Society (3)
    and 6 credits selected in consultation with the department head. 

A minor in Gender Studies prepares students to deal with interpersonal relationships on any job. As women are increasingly participating in the public work force, an educated sensitivity of women's concerns is desirable, especially in management positions. Many governmental policy programs are also addressed to women and children: child support programs, battered women programs, labor studies, marriage counseling, and government-sponsored research on gender issues. Gender studies will also enrich human understanding and contribute to the shaping of culture in the work place, market place, and in the home. 

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree.