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Political Science and Sociology


Sociology Major (BA)

Core Required Courses Semester Hours (Credits)
SOC 100, Principles of Sociology (3)
SOC 209, Statistical Reasoning in Social Science (3)
SOC 410, Methods of Social Research Methods (3)
SOC 416, Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
Core Optional Courses --- Choose three of the following:
SOC 330, Self and Society (3)
SOC 340, Sociology of the Community (3)
SOC 350, Race and Ethnic Minorities (3)
SOC 353, Sociology of Work (3)
SOC 462, Population Studies (3)
SOC 423, Social Stratification (3)
SOC 483, Sociology of Gender Roles (3)
Minimum of one OPTION (below)-30 credits
Total 42 credits

 



Option-Professional Sociology (30 credits)
All Core Optional Courses (21 credits)

Choose three (9 credits):
Any Sociology or Anthropology course
HIST 368, History and Culture of the American Indian
POLS 461, Early Political Philosophy
POLS 462, Modern Political Philosophy
POLS 468, Politics and Religion
POLS 466, American Political Thought
SS 360, Traveling Classroom
SS 396, Fieldwork in Community Service

Option-Criminal Justice (30 credits)
CJUS 201, Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
CJUS 433, Criminal Procedure (3)
SOC 351, Criminology (3)

Choose four (12 credits):
CJUS 192: Supreme Court Experience
CJUS 203, Policing in a Free Society
CJUS 431, Criminal Law
CJUS/SOC 401, Law and Society
CJUS 452, Prisons and Penology
POLS 210, State and Local Government
POLS 320, Public Administration
POLS 430, Constitutional Law
SOC 402, Social Deviance
SOC 455, Juvenile Delinquency
SS 360, Traveling Classroom
SS 396, Fieldwork in Community Service

Option-Human Services (30 credits)
SOC 270, Introduction to Social Work (3)
SOC 315, Social Work Practice I (3)
SOC 320, Social Work Practice II (3)
SOC 400, Social Policy (3)

Choose three (9 credits):
CJUS/SOC 401, Law and Society
CJUS 452, Prisons and Penology
POLS 210, State and Local Government
POLS 320, Public Administration
SOC 150, Social Problems
SOC 455, Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 382, The Family
SOC 458, Sociology of Aging
SOC 470, Child Abuse and Neglect
SS 360, Traveling Classroom (if Human Services)
SS 396, Fieldwork in Community Services
Any Sociology or Anthropology

(Option)-Special Emphasis in Gerontology

For those who expect to work in the field of aging, the deeper study of older people and their varied needs in life will provide a good basis for entry level professional work. In most human service fields, further graduate study toward the applied terminal degree in a field will be needed but a sociology major with Gerontology as the focus will qualify persons for career entry in many health-related and services-related occupations.

SOC xxx Intro to Aging (2–3)
SOC 458 Soc of Aging (3)
PSYC 328 Psych of Adult/Aging (3)
HLTH 340 Health/Fitness for Older Adults (3)


Choose three (9 credits)
SOC 459 SOC of Death & Dying (3)
PSYC 354 Counseling Skills (3)
PSYC 221 Lifespan Development Psych (3)
SOC xxx Aging & the Humanities (3)
SOC 270 Intro to Social Work (3)
SS396 Fieldwork in Community Services (1–3)

No more than six credits of duplicate courses may be used to satisfy two or three different option requirements.
It is recommended that students be active in campus activities, clubs, volunteering and work while studying for a degree.  Excellent opportunities are available in the Students of Social Sciences (SSS) organization.  The SSS sponsors many student activities including: speakers, employment information, trips, community service activities and much more.

Fieldwork in Community Services (Internships) are excellent opportunities to increase knowledge and future employability.  Anywhere from one to twelve credits toward graduation may be earned with an internship.

Pi Gamma Mu is the International Honor Society for the Social Sciences.  Membership may be earned by students with Junior status, 20 Social Science credits, a 3.25+ Social Sciences grade point average and a 2.75+ total grade point average.

 


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