The Sociology Program Major is designed to provide students with a broad base of skills which would allow them to pursue careers in journalism, politics and government, public relations, business, criminal justice, social work and public administration. Additionally, the Sociology Major program will also provide training for those students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in Sociology and other related disciplines.
Today, the study of social relations is basic to every type of human endeavor. Government planning, human service work, economic development, personnel management, and the many other activities of our modern world require an understanding of the social system and how individuals fit into it. The program in Sociology prepares the student for further graduate study or for entrance level positions involved with the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of human social behavior.
The general objectives of the Sociology minor are to enable a student to obtain the skills and theoretical concepts used to study individuals within social groups, the organization of groups, relations between groups, and the processes that maintain or change these social structures of familial, economic, and political life.
Required Courses (15 credit hours): SO101, 202, 350, 414, and MA385.
Electives (21 credit hours) Twenty-one credit hours from 100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses in Sociology or program designated Sociology electives with nine (9) hours in an area of concentration. No fewer than six hours from the 400 level coursework towards completion of major requirements.
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours) Students must choose one (or more) areas of concentration and take no fewer than 9 hours in their area.
Gender and Family Studies: WG101, SO/WG230, SO342, SO445, SO455 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO491, or SO498
Social Problems Studies: AN/SO/NU/SW344, SO221, SO302, SO386, SO411, SO/AN418, AN421, PY440 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO491, or SO498.
Development Studies: PS304, AN/SO332, GE/AN341, SO360, SO/AN405, MI520, SO/GE475
Required Courses (3 credit hours): SO101
Electives (15 credit hours) Sociology courses (200, 300, 400 level) six (6) credit hours of which must be at least 300-400 level.