Sociology

FACULTY Associate Professors Crawford, Hogan (Chair); Assistant Professors Leach, Spiller, Wiebold, Wightman (anthropology), Zant.

The Department of Sociology offers a variety of courses useful to students with diverse professional goals. Sociology is a popular major for students planning careers in such professions as law, business, journalism, health care, education, politics, social work, or public administration. It provides a solid body of knowledge on the nature and problems of human relations and a distinctive way of looking at the world. The courses offer a range of methodologies and research techniques which can be applied in a variety of fields such as administration, criminal justice, health care, counseling, and social work. In addition, exposure to theoretical and methodological issues and to comparative, historical, and critical analyses provides those students who want to pursue graduate work with a strong academic background.

The department offers a major and a minor in sociology, and a major in social work. For social work major see Social Work Program.

Major in Sociology

A major in sociology consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours in sociology including the following required core courses:

  • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective
  • SOC 240 Research Methods
  • SOC 320 Social Theory or SOC 420 Critical Theory

At least 15 of the 30 required hours must be at the 300 level or above. Only one internship course may apply towards the 30-hour requirement. A grade point average of 2.01 in all courses taken in the department is needed for graduation. Students may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree in sociology. Sociology majors are urged to consult with a department advisor each semester concerning class schedules.

Sociology Minor

The sociology minor requires a minimum of 15 hours as specified below:

  1. SOC 100; SOC 240 or SOC 320
  2. At least 9 of the 15 hours must be at the 300 level or above.
  3. Minimum of 2.01 grade point average in courses taken for the minor.

The following courses in the Department meet University general education requirements: SOC 100, 101, 300, 303, 305, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 321, 325, 326, 420.