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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 37-40 credit hours, which include 16-19 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 58-61 credit hours, including 19-22 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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Sociology Major - 37-40 hours
Required Major CoursesSOC - 100: Principles of Sociology (3 cr.)
SOC - 374: Social Research Principles (3 cr.)
SOC - 480: Community Internship (varied course cr.)
SOC - 489: Social Theory (3 cr.)
SOC - 495: Professional Development (1 cr.)
SOC - 496: Research Capstone (3 cr.)
or
SOC - 498: Honors Thesis in Sociology (3 cr.)
MAT - 175: Statistics I (3 cr.)

Electives21 credit hours in electives chosen from the following:
At least 6 hours SOC electives at the 400 level must be chosen.
SOC - 220: Gender and Society (3 cr.)
SOC - 231: Social Problems (3 cr.)
SOC - 235: (3 cr.)
SOC - 236: Criminology (3 cr.)
SOC - 242: Deviance and Society (3 cr.)
SOC - 260: Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
SOC - 299: Introduction to Research in Sociology (0, varied course cr.)
SOC - 332: Human Sexuality (3 cr.)
SOC - 335: Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
SOC - 337: Corrections (3 cr.)
SOC - 338: Sociology of Families (3 cr.)
SOC - 340: Sociology of Aging (3 cr.)
SOC - 342: Juvenile Delinquency (3 cr.)
SOC - 343: Sociology of Murder (3 cr.)
SOC - 344: Visual Sociology (3 cr.)
SOC - 346: Anthropology of Religion (3 cr.)
OR
RES - 346: Anthropology of Religion (3 cr.)
SOC - 348: Sociology of Zombies (3 cr.)
SOC - 360: Media, Self and Society (3 cr.)
SOC - 410: Women and Politics (3 cr.)
SOC - 421: Gender and Violence (3 cr.)
SOC - 422: Genders and Sexualities (3 cr.)
SOC - 430: Population Dynamics (3 cr.)
SOC - 431: Sociology of Inequities (3 cr.)
SOC - 440: Selected Topics in Sociology (3 cr.)
SOC - 442: The Color of Crime (3 cr.)
SOC - 443: Women and Crime (3 cr.)
SOC - 444: Social Interaction (3 cr.)
SOC - 446: Drugs and Society (3 cr.)
SOC - 449: Sociology of the Border (3 cr.)
SOC - 480: Community Internship (varied course cr.)
SOC - 499: Research in Sociology (1 cr.)

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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