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Requirements for the Major


Declaring a Major in Sociology

All students must officially declare their major in Sociology by logging on to DORI

Go to the Index on the top menu bar and select Liberal Arts to find and fill out the form.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 33 semester hours is required for the Sociology major. These must iinclude:

  • 101 Survey of Sociology
  • 200W Classical Sociological Theory
  • 201 Sociological Methods I
  • 202 Sociological Methods II
  • 455W OR 456W Senior Seminar

Majors may choose General Sociology or one of two areas of concentration:

* Criminal Justice

* Social Justice and Policy

General Sociology Major without a Concentration

To major in sociology without a concentration, students may choose the remaining 18 credits from any of the Department’s course offerings (with the exception of 450 and 451 - see below)

Courses within the major should be scheduled in consultation with the student’s faculty mentor.

In addition, the major must complete Math 125 Fundamental of Statistics, offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. This course may also satisfy the University Core requirement.

 

Concentration in the Major: Criminal Justice

A minimum of 33 semester hours is required for the concentration in Criminal Justice.

This program provides the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in preparation for advanced study or for career pursuits in areas including:

  • probation
  • parole
  • law enforcement
  • investigation
  • corrections
  • research

Required courses (18 credits):

  • 101 Survey of Sociology
  • 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • 200W Classical Sociological Theory
  • 201 Sociological Methods I
  • 202 Sociological Methods II
  • 456 W Senior Seminar Criminal Justice

 Nine of the remaining 15 credits must be selected from any courses in the concentration (course numbers are listed below).

Courses included in the Criminal Justice concentration are:

  • 211 Social Deviance
  • 212 Drugs and Society
  • 213 Criminology
  • 216 Delinquency and Society
  • 218 Treatment and Community Corrections
  • 222 Introduction to Peace and Justice
  • 264 Police and Society
  • 321 White Collar Crime
  • 370 Gender, Crime and Justice
  • 371 Race, Crime and Justice
  • 409 Correctional Policy and Practice
  • 421 Criminal Justice Policy
  • 450 Fieldwork
  • 454 Selected Readings

A minimum of 6 credits must be selected from other departmental offerings.

We recommend that at least 6 credits be selected from courses at the 300-level or above.

Concentration in the Major: Social Justice & Policy

A minimum of 33 semester hours is required for the concentration in Social Justice & Policy.

This concentration is designed for the student who is interested in applying sociological theory and research to an understanding of social policy and its applications.

It prepares the student for advanced study or careers in such areas as:

  • urban planning
  • local government
  • human services
  • gerontology

 Required courses: (18 credits)

  • 101 Survey of Sociology
  • 106 Social Problems and Social Policy
  • 200W Classical Sociological Theory
  • 201 Sociological Methods I
  • 202 Sociological Methods II
  • 455W Senior Seminar-Sociology

 9 credits from the following:

  • 205 Person and Society
  • 208 Racial and Ethnic Groups
  • 209 Social Stratification
  • 215 Sociology of Media: From Print to Social Media
  • 217 Social Movements
  • 220 Environmental Sociology
  • 222 Intro to Peace and Justice
  • 225 Family Systems
  • 315 Sociology and the Life Course
  • 318 Sociology of the City
  • 450 Fieldwork

The remaining 6 credits may be selected from any of the following:

  • 404 The Social Landscape: Place, Space and Society
  • 408 Population
  • 409 Correctional Policy and Practice
  • 415 Health, Illness and Social Policy
  • 416 Minorities and Public Policy
  • 421 Criminal Justice Policy
  • 440 Family and Policy

 (Note: The above courses may be taken only during the student’s senior year).