Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Chairperson: Aloha Van Camp, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs 318, McNichols Campus
Sociology Major (Bachelor of Arts)
The Sociology Department is structured to accomplish three major objectives: academic excellence, the development of critical and analytical skills, and a humanitarian consciousness. These objectives serve to provide a foundation for students' future pursuits in graduate studies and career paths in corporations, social service agencies, educational institutions, government agencies, human services, health care, criminal justice, and self-employment. In addition, the objectives serve to enhance self esteem, quality of life, and interpersonal relationships of individual students. To achieve these objectives, the department will provide five fields in which students gain a concentration of knowledge:
- 1. Social Theory and Deviance
- 2. Social Behavior and Conflict Management
- 3. Male/Female Relationships and Marriage and Family
- 4. Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity
- 5. Applied Social Research
As part of their major in Sociology, Students will be allowed to take 12 hours from other departments whose courses fit their concentration areas. Thus, both a general and specific body of knowledge in sociology will be gained. The course content of all courses will reflect the University's mission statement and the core objectives.
Sociology majors are prepared to do graduate study in sociology and related disciplines such as social work, criminal justice, law, and urban planning. The methods, computer, and statistical skills learned in the major have wide application to other disciplines. The course array is especially attuned to an understanding of variables in social, political, and economic contexts.
Many students opt to pursue sociology as part of a double major in order to increase their marketability in the workplace. Because of its focus on every aspect of life, Sociology has become an attractive second major for students. Traditional, full-time students pursuing this option can graduate in four years. In addition, advising is available to accommodate the special needs and interests of students who double-major.
Sociology classes are well represented in the core curriculum. The following courses can be taken to satisfy University core requirements: Introduction to Sociology, Social Interaction, Cultural Anthropology, Blacks in Social Relations and Social Institutions, Urban Issues, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Contemporary Social Problems.
Required Courses for the major: (24 credit hours)
SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
SOC 4090 - Theories in Sociology (3 credit hours)
SOC 4700 - Research Methods (3 credit hours)
or SW 3700 - Social Research Methods
SOC 4300 - Race Relations (3 credit hours)
SOC 2100 - Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
SOC 2450 - Conflict Management (3 credit hours)
SOC 2110 - Social Interaction (3 credit hours)
SOC 2060 - Black Families in America (3 credit hours)
or SOC4110 - Man & Woman in America
or SW4160 - Women and Children at Risk
Required Supportive Courses for the Major (18 credit hours)
STA 2250 - Statistics
SW 3100 - Social Welfare Policy (3 credits)
PYC 3420 - Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
PYC 2600 - Social Psychology (3 credits)
Recommended: PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality
CJS 1300 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
or ADS 4950 - Addictive Populations