MicroCase. The Department of Sociology is part of
the MicroCase Curriculum Plan which offers unprecedented access
to social science datasets. In particular, MicroCase has annual
General Social Survey data from the National Opinion Research Center
(NORC). Each spring semester NORC sponsors a student paper competition.
American Sociological Association Department
Affiliate (ASA). The professional society for sociologists
is the American Sociological Association. Since the Department is
an affiliate of ASA, it keeps students abreast of what the profession
is doing. ASA Publications like Embarking on a Career with an
Undergraduate Degree in Sociology and Guide to Graduate Programs
are received each year.
Sociology Club. The Sociology
Club is open to all students who are majoring or minoring in sociology.
Its intent is to promote study of social life, to enhance the relationship
between sociology students and the human services agencies of our
society, and to encourage fellowship among sociology students.
Alpha Kappa Delta. The Phi chapter of
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), an international sociology honor society,
was chartered at McMurry in 1990. The objective of AKD is to promote
interest in the study of sociology and the research of social problems.
AKD sponsors a paper competition that inductees can participate
in each year.
Departmental Awards. Each spring, awards
are presented to outstanding majors at all levels. A freshman may
be awarded the Robert Dean Bouldin Endowed Scholarship. The Jane
Adams Award is given to the best sophomore. A junior will receive
the Everett and Orabeth Woods Scholarship. An outstanding senior
major is given the Emile Durkheim Award, while another could receive
the Abilene Regional Mental Health Retardation Award for Excellence
in the Behavioral or Social Sciences.
Departmental Honors. Students may pursue
departmental honors in Sociology. The general requirements for entering
the Honors Program are listed in the school catalog.