SOCIOLOGY - Dept. Code:  SOC
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INTRODUCTION

The Department of Sociology offers two majors—sociology and criminology.

Course work in SOCIOLOGY is designed to provide 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.

Courses for both majors are designated SOC; see course list below. For information on Criminology please see the CRIMINOLOGY section of the Bulletin.

Students majoring in Sociology or Criminology may not minor in the reciprocal discipline.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The undergraduate program in Sociology has as its main objective to provide students with:

1.  A strong component of a liberal arts education, training in analytical and statistical skills that are highly valued by potential employers;
2.  A valuable undergraduate preparation for pursuing careers in such fields as journalism, politics, public relations, business or public administration and in other—fields that involve investigative or analytical skills or working with diverse groups;
3.  An excellent and comprehensive training program for students wishing to pursue graduate work in programs leading to academic positions, research expertise, or work in the field of applied sociology.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. The Department of Sociology also offers graduate programs leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the areas of:

• Medical sociology
• Race and ethnic relations
• Criminology


MAJOR

A major in SOCIOLOGY requires: a minimum of 31 credits, including:

Required Courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 210 Introduction to Social Research1 (3 credits)
SOC 211 Quantitative Methods for Sociologists2 (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 2.0 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


MINOR

A minor in SOCIOLOGY requires a minimum of 15 credits, 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 2.0 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.

1EPS 452 can be substituted for SOC 210 only by students who are also enrolled in the School of Education.
2PSY 204 can be substituted for SOC 211 and SOC 212 only by students who are also majoring in Psychology.
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS
Graduation with Departmental Honors is available to eligible students who fulfill the following:
1. Students desiring Departmental Honors in Sociology or Criminology must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in Sociology or Criminology. They must also achieve a minimum of B in all Sociology/Criminology courses. For transfer students, the Department uses the cumulative, combined GPA calculated by the Office of the Registrar.

2. A student seeking Departmental Honors is required to write an independent research paper which is submitted to the Undergraduate Committee. The nature of the independent research project is determined by the faculty member(s) with whom the student works. This project is done in SOC 498 & SOC 499 (Honors I & II). The student should have the same professor(s) for all six credits.

3. Recruitment of eligible students is by department invitation at the beginning of a student’s junior year.