Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Programs / B.S. in Sociology

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology

This is offered as a face to face or fully online program for this degree.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology prepares students to understand and deal with diversity, modernization, and social change ranging from the local to global scale. The core competencies of the program prepare students to enter careers requiring technological facility, communication skills, data gathering and analysis skills, community awareness and involvement, problem-solving, critical thinking, an understanding of the structure and functioning of groups and organizations, greater awareness of their environment, critical self-reflection, and interpersonal and intercultural skills. Besides career preparation, specific concentrations in the major also provide background for graduate study in sociology and other related disciplines.

With the applied focus on modernization and social change, students who graduate with a degree in Sociology that is complemented by a knowledge of other social sciences would be prepared to work as urban planners, demographers and data analysts, public survey workers, social research assistants, affirmative action officers, employee specialists, cultural diversity trainers, criminologists in law enforcement and corrections, and numerous other occupations.

The program of study offers students both intellectual growth and marketable technical skills. Students who plan graduate work in sociology or related fields will likewise be introduced to the core studies necessary for the pursuit of their respective disciplines. Included in the curriculum are concentrations in:

Organizational and Social Change

Among other things students will understand how organizations and occupations are modified, how and why family structures are transformed, and how social mobility occurs.

Cultural Diversity Studies

Students will acquire a global perspective and the conceptual tools necessary to work in a variety of professional settings and academic positions

Criminology

Students will learn about the causes of crime, how to measure the extent of crime, and how to critically examine the approaches used to prevent, sanction, and change criminal behavior.

Medical Sociology

Students will develop a critical understanding of the health care delivery system and its various stakeholders, including patients, organizations, and providers. Other areas with the medical sociology concentration include aging, mental health, human sexuality, biotechnology and ethical issues, and substance abuse.

A note to our Online Students

For the Online B.S. in Sociology program , the only concentration that is currently fully available online is the CRIMINOLOGY concentration. The Cultural Diversity, Organizational and Social Change and Medical Sociology concentrations are offered online on a limited availability basis . This means it is possible for online students to graduate with a concentration other than Criminology provided they are able to enroll in all required classes in due time before graduation. The SCJ department does not currently guarantee regular offering of course requirements for concentrations other than Criminology. Many such courses, however, are offered relatively frequently and online students should consult with their advisers to establish whether graduating with a Cultural Diversity, Organizational and Social Change, or Medical Sociology concentration is a realistic option during their particular time-frame.

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Program Requirements

General Education - 42 Credit Hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (AREA F) - 18 Credit Hours

Must pass with grade of "C" or better.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • SOCI 1101
    Introduction to Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 2210
    Professional Development for Sociology Students
    3
  • SOCI 2251
    Social Problems
    3

Electives - 9 Credit Hours

Select three of the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 1102
    Introduction to Anthropology
    3
  • COM 1100
    Human Communication
    3
  • CRJU 1101
    Foundations of Criminal Justice
    3
  • GEOG 1101
    Introduction to Human Geography
    3
  • HS 2100
    Overview of Human Services
    3
  • POLS 2212
    State and Local Government
    3
  • PSYC 1101
    Introduction to General Psychology
    3

Upper Division Major Requirements - 24 Credit Hours - must make a "C" or better

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 3310
    -or-
    SOCI 3314
    -or-
    SOCI 3350
    Cultural Diversity in the U.S. *

    Race and Ethnicity *

    Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender *
    3
  • SOCI 3300
    Foundations of Social Theory
    3
  • SOCI 3304
    Social Organization
    3
  • SOCI 3305
    Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 3333
    -or-
    SOCI 3344
    Technology and Society

    Biotechnology and Social Change *
    3
  • SOCI 3354
    -or-
    SOCI 4444
    Social Class and Mobility

    Social Change and Modernization
    3
  • SOCI 3396
    -or-
    SOCI 3398
    -or-
    SA 4490
    Cooperative Study

    Internship

    Upper-division Study Abroad
    3
  • SOCI 4499
    Senior Seminar in Sociology
    3

Note:

*Students cannot use the same upper division level course for their upper division requirement and their concentration requirement.

Concentrations - 15 Credit Hours - must make a "C" or better

Select five courses in one concentration area:

Criminology

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 3352
    Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections
    3
  • CRJU 3365
    Profile of the Serial Offender
    3
  • CRJU 4410
    Criminal Profiling and Analysis
    3
  • CRJU 4430
    Victimology
    3
  • GEOG 3300
    Urban Geography
    3
  • PSYC 4430
    Abnormal Psychology
    3
  • SOCI 3360
    Sociology of Violence
    3
  • SOCI 4410
    Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4420
    Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4200
    Drugs, Alcohol and Society
    3
  • SOCI 4432
    Criminology
    3
  • SOCI 4442
    Deviance and Social Control
    3

Cultural Diversity Studies

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 3307
    Cultural Anthropology
    3
  • ANTH 3310
    Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
    3
  • ANTH 3321
    Indigenous Peoples of North America
    3
  • ANTH 3350
    Cultures and Societies of the World
    3
  • GEOG 3340
    Cultural Geography
    3
  • PSYC 3355
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    3
  • SOCI 3314
    Race and Ethnicity
    3
  • SOCI 3324
    Sociology of Gender
    3
  • SOCI 3334
    Religion and Society
    3
  • SOCI 3350
    Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender
    3
  • SOCI 3354
    Social Class and Mobility
    3
  • SOCI 4410
    Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4420
    Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4434
    Emerging Social Issues in Africa
    3
  • SOCI 4435
    Sociology of South Asia
    3

Medical Sociology

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HS 3750
    Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    3
  • PSYC 3365
    Human Sexuality
    3
  • SOCI 3310
    Introduction to Gerontology
    3
  • SOCI 3320
    Exploring the Aging Network
    3
  • SOCI 3344
    Biotechnology and Social Change
    3
  • SOCI 3360
    Sociology of Violence
    3
  • SOCI 3380
    Society, Community, & Health
    3
  • SOCI 4200
    Drugs, Alcohol and Society
    3
  • SOCI 4410
    Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4420
    Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4443
    Medical Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4445
    Sociology of Mental Illness
    3

Organizational and Social Change

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • GEOG 3330
    Economic Geography
    3
  • MGT 3100
    Management and Behavioral Sciences
    3
  • MKTG 3100
    Principles of Marketing
    3
  • PSYC 3370
    Industrial-Organizational Psychology
    3
  • SOCI 3310
    Introduction to Gerontology
    3
  • SOCI 3315
    Comparative and Transnational Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 3324
    Sociology of Gender
    3
  • SOCI 3354
    Social Class and Mobility
    3
  • SOCI 3364
    Sociology of the Family
    3
  • SOCI 3374
    Sociology of Occupations
    3
  • SOCI 4410
    Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3
  • SOCI 4420
    Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology
    3

Related Studies - 9 Credit Hours

Related Studies Electives 9 hours: Nine hours of upper-division (3000-4000) studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor. Lower division courses or additional internship hours may also be approved when appropriate.

Free Electives - 12 Credit Hours

Any courses in the university curriculum.


Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

* There is a University requirement of Wellness 1000 which is a 3 credit hour course in addition to the 120 program requirement.