Sociology Major Requirements
(Updated November 23, 2009)

Requirements for the Sociology Major
(53 credits; 25 upper-division)

Sociology is the systematic study of groups, how they influence individuals and the effects of their collective interaction. Sociology courses focus on characteristics of these groups and examine the society that they form. The central premise of sociology is that the individual cannot be understood apart from societal and interpersonal contexts. Therefore, coursework is designed to help students gain perspective on themselves and the world around them through an analysis of social structure and culture. Students majoring in sociology have secured positions in government, business, industry and private research agencies. Others hold jobs in planning agencies and research departments of city, county, state and federal government and religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, and many other settings. The sociological perspective has also proven invaluable for students entering any of the helping professions. Advanced positions in these areas often require graduate training.

Students desiring to focus on social service are offered courses that provide an overview of theory and skills necessary to enter helping professions which provide direct services to people in need. Many graduates take entry level positions in the areas of child welfare, mental health, gerontology, delinquency and in programs that alleviate poverty. A social service background assists and encourages students to prepare for graduate work, especially in the areas of social work, counseling, teaching or health care professions.

Required Core Courses
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology
5
SOC 2360 Introduction to Statistics
or MAT 1360 Introduction to Statistics
5
SOC 3751 Introduction to Research Methods
5
SOC 4702 Classical Sociological Theory
5
SOC 4899 Sociology Capstone Seminar
3
 

Select 30 credits from any of the following electives:

ANT 2250 Cultural Anthropology

5

SOC 2000 Sociology of Gender
5

SOC 2252 Marriage and the Family

5

SOC 2310/4320 Foundations of Social Service

5

SOC 2440 Small Group Dynamics

5
SOC 2620 Urban Sociology
5
SOC 2650 Introduction to Globalization
5

SOC 3215 Social Inequality: Power and Privilege

5

SOC 3270 Socialization

5

SOC 3370 Sociology of Deviance

5

SOC 3371 Crime and Delinquency

5

SOC 3410 Medical Sociology

5

SOC 3420 Political Sociology

5
SOC 3430 Sociology of Education
5
SOC 3750 Latin America
5

SOC 3862 Race and Ethnic Minorities

5

SOC 4210 Gender in the Global Context

5

SOC 4250 Sociology of Law

5

SOC 4252 Sociology of the Family

5

SOC 4308 Helping Relationships

5

SOC 4380 Social Service Organizations

5

SOC 4440 Social Psychology

5

SOC 4820 Sociology of Religion

5

SOC 4910 Seminar

5

SOC 4930 Practicum in Sociology

(3-15)
SOC 4940 Internship in Sociology
(2-15)
SOC 4941 Practicum/Internship Seminar
(3-18)
 
TOTAL

53-68


Requirements for Sociology Minor
Description and Classes for Sociology Minor
Faculty
Sociology Faculty
Department of Sociology
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