Emphasis Areas in the Sociology Major
There are two emphasis areas within the sociology major – 1) general sociology and 2) criminology. At total of 36 hours is required in either emphasis area. No grade below a C in any course is accepted for the major. All sociology majors in either emphasis area are required to complete the following three core courses
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 301 Sociological Methods
SOC 310 Social and Cultural Theory
Sociology students taking the general emphasis must complete the sociology core (9 hours) and at least 27 additional hours from the list of all sociology electives. For the general emphasis student, any sociology course outside the sociology core counts as an elective. Six of the 27 hours of electives may be taken from the list of anthropology electives. At least 12 hours must be comprised of upper division courses (300 or 400 level).
Students taking the criminology emphasis must complete both the sociology core (9 hours) and the criminology core (9 hours). The criminology core consists of
SOC 203 Criminal Justice System
SOC 303 Crime and Deviance
SOC 306 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
Sociology/criminology majors must also complete a minimum of 18 hours of criminology electives. In the course list below and in the university catalogue, criminology electives are marked with an asterisk (*).
Specific Requirements for the Sociology Minor
Minors in sociology require a minimum of 20 semester hours, of which six hours must be upper division. SOC 101 is required. No grades below C are accepted toward the minor.
Generally there are no co-curricular requirements, although students with an emphasis in criminology are encouraged to complete an internship in a criminal justice agency or program.
Outcome Assessment Activities
- Completion of all required courses.
- The department believes that grades are one valid indicator of the quality of student work. No grade below C will, therefore, be accepted toward the major or minor.
- Student achievement will be assessed in the outcome areas on the basis of a standardized national achievement test.
- For the sociology minor, grades will provide a valid measure of student performance. The department will examine and maintain records of grades of students minoring in sociology as one means of assessment.
Student Learning Objectives
Sociology students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives that inform sociological understanding, analysis, and explanation
- Apply a range of sociological research methods to describe, explore, and analyze complex social relations, institutions, organizational structures, and cultures
- Apply the sociological perspective to a range of disciplinary sub-areas, especially criminology, to increase comprehension of contemporary substantive social issues
- Think critically about the relationship between personal social experiences and societies’ structural, institutional, and organizational features