The Department of Sociology is oriented toward preparing students
to: (1) understand the structure and issues of contemporary society,
(2) discover that the individual both reacts to as well as creates
the social world, (3) use sociological concepts, insights, and methods
in a systematic fashion, (4) experience a discipline which has practical
significance, (5) continue graduate training in sociology, and (6)
find employment in various social service fields.
Students completing the major in Sociology receive the Bachelor
of Arts degree and must fulfill all the requirements for that degree
as outlined in the current catalog. In terms of departmental demands,
the Sociology major must complete 30 semester hours, 24 of which
must be advanced. Sociology 2300 (Introduction to Sociology), 2350
(Contemporary Social Problems), 3300 (Social Research Methods),
3310 (Social Theory), 4300 (Field Experience in Sociology), 4392
(Seminar in Sociology), and one of the following: 3382 (Mental Health),
3385 (Gerontology), 3390 (Criminal Justice System), 3392 (Social
Welfare) are required of all majors.
A minor in Sociology consists of 18 hours, 12 of which
must be advanced. Mathematics 3351 (Statistics) may be counted toward
the Sociology minor or major after approval is obtained from the
Sociology Department Chairperson.