Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Sociology Major

General Information

The sociological perspective helps us to recognize that individuals’ lives are shaped by society. Sociologists learn to see social patterns in individual behavior and to apply scientific reasoning to all aspects of social life. Areas of special interest include the family, education, the economy, poverty, social inequality, social change, and deviance. While contemporary American society is the main focus of the major, comparative and cross-cultural approaches are also included. The unique perspective and insight offered by sociology provide a significant opportunity to understand forces that shape and determine our lives. Research and writing skills are emphasized, and students have an opportunity to conduct their own research. Students may choose to concentrate in Crime and Society. Students may also pursue teacher certification at the elementary level by also majoring in Elementary Education.

Career Opportunities

The sociology major provides an excellent background for careers in social services, teaching, career counseling, personnel management, insurance, school administration, health administration, police, courts, and corrections.

Criminal Justice and Sociology Faculty

Professor: Michaela Simpson

Associate Professor: Laura Hansen

Assistant Professor: William Force

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an ability to conduct research on a social issue in a way that lends itself to practical application in a number of fields, including business, criminal justice, government, and in social services.
  2. Ability to identify, define, and discuss the social significance of key sociological variables and apply them to real-world issues.
  3. Ability to identify and define social patterns and their effect (or impact) on social institutions and organizations.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to apply social analysis in discussion of social change.
  5. Successfully apply social theory and methods within completion of an internship in preparation for a meaningful career.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required sociology courses (16 credit hours)

SO 101Introduction to Sociology

3 cr.

SO 201Social Problems

3 cr.

SO 301/CJ 301Research Methods

4 cr.


SO 307/CJ 307Qualitative Research Methods

4 cr.

SO 322Social Theory

3 cr.

SO 3XX-4XXSociology Elective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:16

An additional eighteen credit hours in sociology with at least four courses (12 credit hours) selected from upper-level courses in sociology (300-level or above) is required.

Total Credit Hours: 34