Overview

The Major in Sociology provides scientific training for understanding the organization and fluid nature of contemporary society, patterns of social change, and the mutual influence between macro structures and processes (society and culture) on one hand, and the micro level (individuals and groups) on the other. Increasingly, sociologists are also focused on understanding the processes of globalization that are currently transforming contemporary societies.

Curriculum Requirements

Required Courses
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 210Introduction to Social Research 13
SOC 211
SOC 212
Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
and Quantitative Methods Lab (Or equivalent 3-credit statistics course with Dept approval) 2
3-4
SOC 401Sociological Theory3
Select two of the following:6
Social Organization
Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective
Social Inequalities
Departmental Electives12
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Additional Major/Minor15-30
Science Course3
Foreign Language3-9
Electives42
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language (first course) 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate (first course) 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM Cognate (first course) 3
SOC 210 Introduction to Social Research 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
SOC 211
SOC 212
Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
and Quantitative Methods Lab
4
Arts and Humanities Cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
SOC 301, 302,
Social Organization
or Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective
or Social Inequalities
3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM Cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
SOC 371 Criminology 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM Cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
SOC 401 Sociological Theory 3
Minor (fifth course)  
Arts and Humanities Cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121

Mission

Course work in this major is designed to provide scientific training for understanding the organization and patterns of structure and change in contemporary society, in addition to the interrelations between social structures, processes, and culture, on the one hand, and between these macro-level phenomena and individuals and groups, on the other.

Goals

Sociology courses have several objectives, including: general education, preparation for pursuing careers in such fields as law, social gerontology, health, human resource management, and social planning, and preparation for graduate study in sociology.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of sociology, and the basic sociological theoretical concepts and knowledge base.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills through the comprehension, analysis and critique of sociological theories.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to understand and critique sociological research methodology. Students will have the ability to design and critique valid research studies and to identify reliable findings from such studies.