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Sociology / Program of Study

The sociology program encourages students to develop social consciousness and an understanding of people, both as unique individuals and as members of a particular culture and society. Courses are designed to present multiple perspectives and provide a solid foundation of knowledge in sociological theories, concepts and methods. Students apply that knowledge to the research, analysis and study of how human behavior is affected by social and cultural issues. Areas of study include human diversity, gender issues, race and ethnic relations, and how economic or political institutions operate in society.

Major in Sociology
Students majoring in sociology are required to complete 36-39 credit hours, which include 15 hours of a prescribed core curriculum and 21 hours of approved electives.

Double Major in Sociology and Criminology
Students double majoring in sociology and criminology must complete 60 credit hours, including 21 hours of prescribed core courses, 18 hours of approved sociology courses, nine hours of approved criminology electives, three hours of political science courses and nine hours of approved related electives.

Minor in Sociology
Students minoring in sociology are required to complete 18 credit hours, including six hours of prescribed core courses and 12 hours of approved sociology electives.

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Required Major Courses

SOC-230 - Principles of Sociology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-374 - Social Research Principles (3.00 cr.)

MAT-175 - Statistics I (3.00 cr.)

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PSY-200 - Statistical Methods in Psychology (3.00 cr.)

Prereq for PSY 200: PSY 100 (3)

SOC-489 - Social Theory (3.00 cr.)

SOC-496 - Applied Research (3.00 cr.)

Electives chosen from the following

At least 6 hours SOC electives at the 400 level must be chosen.

SOC-231 - Social Problems (3.00 cr.)

SOC-242 - Deviance and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-260 - Cultural Anthropology (3.00 cr.)

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SOC-299 - Introduction to Research in Sociology (1 - 3.00 cr.)

SOC-332 - Human Sexuality (3.00 cr.)

SOC-335 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.00 cr.)

SOC-336 - Criminology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-338 - Sociology of Families (3.00 cr.)

SOC-340 - Sociology of Aging (3.00 cr.)

SOC-346 - Anthropology of Religion (3.00 cr.)

SOC-342 - Juvenile Delinquency (3.00 cr.)

SOC-360 - Media, Self and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-420 - Gender and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-430 - Population Dynamics (3.00 cr.)

SOC-431 - Social Stratification (3.00 cr.)

SOC-437 - Corrections (3.00 cr.)

SOC-440-449 - Selected Topics in Sociology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-498 - Honors Thesis in Sociology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-499 - Research in Sociology (1 - 3.00 cr.)

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Contact Information

Lori Brown
Program Coordinator of Sociology
120 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8507
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