Student StudyingSociology is the study of human social behavior and is concerned with conditions such as crime and delinquency, family problems, social inequality, and organizations in contemporary industrial society. Sociologists are interested not only in understanding social issues and institutions, but also in resolving social problems.

As an applied program, the major prepares students to work in a wide variety of occupations, including education, government, business, industry and private human service agencies. They are employed in such areas as health care, youth services, drug rehabilitation, law enforcement, corrections, probation, and counseling. Students may receive a general sociology degree, or they may specialize within the criminology emphasis area and receive a sociology/criminology degree.

The major in sociology leads to the bachelor of arts (BA) and the bachelor of science (BS). The BS is designed for those pursuing an applied, career-oriented program, while the BA requires a foreign language. Both degrees prepare students for graduate studies and applied careers.

Sociology Program Goals

  • Graduates will be able to compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives that inform modern sociological analysis.
  • Graduates will be able to apply a range of research methods in conjunction wit sociological theory in order to explain and analyze complex social relations and organizations.
  • Graduates will be able to apply social analysis to the substantive social area of their emphasis: criminology or general sociology, and will be able to present findings in a clear, understandable and concise manner.
  • Graduates will be able to engage in critical thinking about the relationship between social and personal experiences.
  • Minors will have an understanding of the significant theories, issues and methodologies of the discipline.
  • Minors will have an understanding of the impact of social processes and institutions on personal experiences.

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the sociology core.
  • Successful completion of the general or the criminology emphasis areas.
  • No grade below a C in sociology courses is acceptable for the major or the minor.
  • Completion of at least 36 credit hours in approved sociology courses.

Specific Requirements for the Sociology Major

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 hours
  • SOC 210 Techniques of Analysis - 3 hours
  • SOC 310 Social & Cultural Theory - 3 hours
  • TOTAL 9 hours

General Emphasis

  • Students will complete the above core (9 hours) and then will select at least 27 additional credit hours of sociology courses, which may include six hours from anthropology. Courses must be approved by the adviser. At least 12 hours must be upper-division courses (300-400 level).

Criminology Emphasis

  • Students will complete the three (above) core sociology courses plus three (below) criminology core courses. Further, they will complete 18 hours (six courses) of criminology electives. Criminology electives are indicated by * in the list of all sociology courses below:
  • Criminology core courses - 9 hours
    • SOC 203 Criminal Justice System - 3 hours
    • SOC 303 Criminology - 3 hours
    • SOC 306 Delinquency & Juvenile Justice - 3 hours
  • Sociology courses (* indicates criminology elective)
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 105 Understanding Human Diversity
    • SOC 155 Minority and Ethnic Relations*
    • SOC 201 Social Problems*
    • SOC 203 Criminology Justice System*
    • SOC 206 Gender & Society
    • SOC 231 Marriage & Family Relations
    • SOC 302 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
    • SOC 303 Criminology*
    • SOC 305 Crime and Women*
    • SOC 306 Delinquency & Juvenile Justice*
    • SOC 308 Popular Culture
    • SOC 351 Social Deviance *
    • SOC 352 Social Psychology
    • SOC 353 Penology*
    • SOC 355 Political Sociology
    • SOC 356 Social Stratification*
    • SOC 358 Film & Society
    • SOC 359 Community Corrections *
    • SOC 401 Health, Culture, & Society
    • SOC 402 Aging, Culture, & Society
    • SOC 403 Human Sexuality and Social Behavior
    • SOC 404 Poverty *
    • SOC 405 Law and Society *
    • SOC 406 Sociology of Small Groups
    • SOC 407 Family Violence *
    • SOC 408 Science, Technology, & the Future
    • SOC 409 Victimology *
    • SOC 410 Structural & Elite Crime *
    • SOC 411 Police and Society *
    • SOC 412 Occupations & Professions
    • SOC 413 Homicide *
    • SOC 420 Criminological Theory *
    • SOC 430 Industrial Organization *
    • SOC 431 Work in Modern America *
    • SOC 432 Organization Theory *
    • SOC 451 Culture, Deviance, & Psychopatholgy*
    • SOC 452 Self and Society
    • SOC 453 Sociology of the Body
    • SOC 491 Special Topics * (see advisor)
    • SOC 492 Research Methods *
    • SOC 494 Field Experience* (see advisor)
    • SOC 495 Independent Study

Specific Requirements for the Sociology Minor

  • Minors in sociology require a minimum of 20 semester hours, of which six hours must be upper division. SOC 101 is required. No grades below C are accepted toward the minor.

Co-curricular Requirements

  • Generally there are no co-curricular requirements, although students with an emphasis in criminology are encouraged to complete an internship in a community corrections-type agency or program.

Outcome Assessment Activities

  • Completion of all required courses.
  • The department believes that grades are one valid indicator of the quality of student work. No grade below C will, therefore, be accepted toward the major or minor.
  • Student achievement will be assessed in the outcome areas on the basis of a standardized national achievement test.
  • For the sociology minor, grades will provide a valid measure of student performance. The department will examine and maintain records of grades of students minoring in sociology as one means of assessment.