SOCIOLOGY MAJOR

General Track

Students with a broad interest in understanding society and current issues faced by members of society, such as racial/ethnic disparities, gender inequality, or the impact of disasters, should follow the general track within Sociology. This track prepares students for jobs in a variety of fields, including social services, community work, business, teaching, and research. Sociology graduates have gone on to become social workers, counselors, teachers, and emergency preparedness directors. Students within this track have also pursued graduate-level degrees to expand their career opportunities.

A major in Sociology requires the following:

Six Core courses:

201 – Principles of Sociology
302 – Methods of Sociology
303 – Quantitative Methods in Social Research
339 – Sociological Theory
403 – Survey Methodology
496 – Sociology Capstone Experience

Five courses in General Sociology selected from:

306 – Social Problems
310 – Racial and Cultural Minorities
311 – Economic Inequality
315 – Sex and Gender in Social Contexts
327 – Sociology of Aging and Later Life
331 – Environment, Power, and Opportunity
361 – Society and the Individual
374 – Work in Society
375 – Sociology of Health and Medicine
376 – Sociology of Mental Health & Illness
381 – Sociology of Sport
382 – Sociology of Families
384 – Sociology of Education
387 – Death and Dying in Social Contexts
388 – Disasters and Extreme Events
389 – Sociology of Religion
407 – Urban Sociology
419 – Population and Society

One course in Crime and Deviance selected from:

341 – Criminology
342 – Social Deviance
343 – Juvenile Delinquency
344 – Violence in Society
346 – Crime and Organizations
347 – Alcohol, Drugs and Society
348 – Family Violence
349 – Hate Crimes and Terrorism
351 – Crimes Against the Environment
352 – Rural Crime
353 – Human Trafficking

One additional sociology elective course above the 299 level

498 – Sociology Internship is a recommended, but optional, elective.

The Department also offers Sociology 205, Marriage and Family, as a “no prerequisite” elective course.

A minor in Sociology requires the following:

18 hours, including Sociology 201.

No more than six of these hours can be earned from courses below the 300 level.

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR

Recommended Four-Year Plan for General Track