Course work in this department is designed to provide scientific training for understanding the organization and patterns of change of contemporary society, plus the influence of social processes and culture on both individuals and groups. 

Sociology courses have several objectives which include:

  1. Provide a general sociology major for the student seeking a general liberal arts education.
  2. Provide undergraduate preparation for students pursuing careers in such fields as law, criminal justice, social gerontology, medical sociology, human resource management, and social planning.
  3. Provide preparation for graduate study in Sociology.
  4. Provide minors for students majoring in another field of study.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

A minimum of 31 credits in Sociology is required for the major including:

Required courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

(3 credits)

SOC 210 Introduction to Social Research

(3 credits)

SOC 211 Quantitative Methods for Sociologists

(3 credits)

SOC 212 Quantitative Methods Lab

(1 credit)

SOC 401 Sociological Theory

(3 credits)

two of the following three courses:

SOC 301 Social Organization

(3 credits)

SOC 302 Social Psychology

(3 credits)

SOC 303 Social Inequalities

(3 credits)

Elective courses

Four other courses offered by the Department for a total of 12 credits.

Other requirements

  • A minimum final grade of C- in all courses offered by the Department.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses offered by the Department.
  • A minimum of 16 credits must be earned in residency in the Department; thus, only a maximum of 15 credits can be transferred from other institutions as eligible credits for the SOCIOLOGY major

Note:

  • Effective fall 2013, PSY 204 will no longer be offered and Psychology majors who are also majoring in Sociology can substitute PSY 291 for SOC 211 but must take SOC 212.
  • EPS 452 can be substituted for SOC 210 only by students who are also enrolled in the School of Education
  • PSY 204 can be substituted for SOC 211 and SOC 212 only by students who are also majoring in Psychology.

MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY

Sociology as a discipline provides an excellent supplement to a number of other fields of study. As a result, sociology can serve as a supporting minor for many other fields of study. Some of the more popular majors that often accompany a minor in sociology include: Anthropology, Business, Communication, Psychology, and Geography.

A minimum of 15 credits in Sociology is required for the minor including:

Required courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

(3 credits)


Elective courses

Four other courses offered by the Department, two of which must be 300-level or higher, for a total of 12 credits.

Other requirements

  • A minimum final grade of C- in all courses offered by the Department.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses offered by the Department.
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be earned in residency in the Department; thus, only a maximum of 6 credits can be transferred from other institutions as eligible credits for the SOCIOLOGY minor.

DOUBLE-MAJOR

Sociology major requirements are the same whether sociology is the sole major or part of a double major.  Common double majors are Sociology and Communication and Sociology and Psychology.