Undergrad Program

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Objectives:

Sociology applies the methods of social science to understand how broader social forces influence our thoughts, beliefs and behavior.  It provides an important background for careers in human resources, education, business, law, social work, criminal justice, politics, arts, sports, and public administration.
Students may select from a broad range of courses related to contemporary issues and problems; inter-group relations, popular culture, social movements and social change, modernity and post-modernity, family patterns and relationships, sexuality, crime and deviance, environmental and social problems, globalization, and field experiences.

  1. Majors in sociology must complete a minimum of 36 hours in sociology, at least 18 hours of which must be upper division courses (3000-4000 level).  Students must receive a C or better in these courses.  Courses at the 5000 level may be taken by qualified under-graduates with the consent of the instructor.
  2. Each of these Core Courses

SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 2120 Introduction to Social Research
SOC 3150 Modern Sociological Theory
SOC 3170 Social Statistics
SOC 4990 The Sociology Capstone Course

It is strongly encouraged that SOC 3150 and 3170 be taken before the student's final semester.  Note they are offered at specific times each semester and are not transferrable from other universities.  The Sociology Capstone Course, SOC 4990, is designed for senior-level students who have successfully completed SOC 1110, 2120, 3150 and 3170.  This course is a requirement for all Sociology majors who declare after fall semester of 2011.

AND

Three courses selected from the following list of substantive courses:
SOC 3220 Community and Urban Sociology SOC 3290 Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity
SOC 3310 Sociology of the Family SOC 3410 Sociology of Law
SOC 4040 Sociology of Gender & Sexuality SOC 4170 Advanced Statistics & Methods
SOC 4190 Deviant Behavior SOC 4200 Sociology of Poverty
SOC 4320 Sociology of Religion SOC 4380 Globalization/Development
SOC 4400 Social Movements SOC 4960 Juvenile Delinquency


To see the dates and times that the Sociology Senior Exit Exam will be offered, please click here.

Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity

The sociology department has a strong emphasis in diversity and inequality issues, highlighting race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class.  For sociology majors, minors, and other students wishing to concentrate in these areas, we offer a certificate of specialization.  Completion of the certificate provides evidence of specialized study, which can be beneficial for enhancing future career options and interests.  The certificate is marketable to a wide variety of employers and educational institutions, including social work, graduate and professional schools, community action organizations, and social services.  Participation in the certification program also provides students with opportunities for networking and mentoring.  Dr Abby Ferber is the coordinator of the Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity.

Minimum Requirement for Completion:  Four courses for a total of twelve credits. A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.

Of these four courses, three must be 3000 level or above.  Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.  All courses must be offered through the sociology department.  Up to three transfer credit hours may be applied to the certificate from courses approved by the Certificate Coordinator.  Students must take at least one course from each of the following categories:

Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity
Race and Class Gender and Sexuality
2200 Intro to Racial and Ethnic Groups 4040 Soc of Gender & Sexuality
2110 Sex and Society 3250 Power, Privilege and Social Difference
3210 American Minority Communities 4080 Men and Masculinities
2250 Images of Women in Society 3270 Native Communities
3230 The Chicano Community 3290 Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relations
3610 Gender and Society 3320 African American Communities
3240 African-American Community 4310 Social Inequalities
4010 Diversity Issues (Online)

Additional special topic courses may be offered that can be counted toward the certificate.  These courses must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator or the Sociology department chair.

To complete the certificate program, students are required to submit a transcript and a five-page, typewritten self-statement, evaluating changes in their perceptions of diversity issues as a result of program participation and implications for future scholarly and professional work.  The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.

Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies

The Sociology Department has a strong emphasis in multiple aspects of the criminal justice system, highlighting the impact of law and society, corrections systems, and structures of deviance in the social order. For students wishing to concentrate in these areas, we offer a certificate of specialization. Completion of the certificate provides evidence of specialized study, which can be beneficial for enhancing future career options and interests. The certificate is marketable to a wide variety of employers and educational institutions, including the Department of Corrections, law enforcement, law school, social work, graduate and professional schools, and social services. Participation in the certification program also provides students with opportunities for networking and mentoring. Dr. Michèle Companion is the coordinator of the Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies.

· Minimum Requirement for Completion: 4 courses, for a total of 12 credits.
· A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.
· SOC 3410 (Sociology of Law) and SOC 3400 (Criminology) are mandatory for the completion of the certificate.
· To satisfy the certificate requirements, all courses must be at level 3000 or above in Sociology.

Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.  Additional courses that are eligible to fulfill this requirement include, but are not limited to the following:

  • SOC 3360 – Sociology of Drugs and Addiction
  • SOC 3490 – Youth Gangs
  • SOC 4190 – Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 4520 – Sociology of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • SOC 4960 – Juvenile Delinquency

Additional special topic courses may be offered in a given semester that can be counted toward the certificate. These courses must be approved in advance by the Certificate Coordinator or the Sociology Department Chair.

Certification Process


Students wishing to enroll in this certificate program must turn in an application to the Certificate Coordinator, ideally when they declare their major. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll by their junior year to ensure that certificate requirements are met.

Students must submit their transcript to the coordinator to verify that they have met the requirements for the certificate at the beginning of their final semester. To complete the certificate program, students are required to submit a five-page, typewritten self-statement, evaluating changes in their perceptions of criminology and justice studies as a result of program participation and implications for future scholarly and professional work. The certificate will be mailed to recipients upon completion of a certificate audit and graduation.