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Sociology Degree - Bachelor of Science
Sociology is the discipline that studies society using a scientific perspective. Sociology helps us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our social world. The study of sociology promotes understanding and tolerance by enabling each of us to look beyond intuition, common sense, or our personal experiences. You may elect to go on to graduate studies in sociology, social work, counseling, criminal justice, gerontology, human services, or public administration. If you seek employment immediately after graduation, you will likely be successful working in child protective services, law enforcement, aging/gerontology, community youth programs, corrections and probation, spouse abuse programs, and personnel management in business and government.
The internship program allows you job experience in fields including adult or juvenile justice, aging/senior citizens programs, urban planning, spouse and child abuse shelters, and community mental health programs. See HS 460 Internship.
Major Requirements (31 credit hours)
(Click a course name below to view course details). Unless noted, all courses are 3 credit hours.
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
This scientific study of human society emphasizes principles of the sociological perspective. Includes society, demography, culture, status, role, socialization, deviance, groups, organizations, stratification, and social change. Introduction to societal institutions: family, religion, education, politics, science, technology, medicine, and healthcare.
SO 230 Research Methods of the Social Sciences
Gathering, arranging, and presenting data of the social sciences, including surveys, participant observation, experiments, and content analysis. Includes elementary statistical concepts such as descriptive tests of significance. Students design empirical research studies to acquire practical understanding of scientific thinking. A lab provides the opportunity for computerized data analysis. Computer-assisted. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
MA 240 Applied Statistics
Provides the theoretical basis and the problem solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics include: Descriptive Measures; Distribution Shapes; Concepts of Probability of Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Hypothesis Testing of One, Two Samples; Chi-Square and F-Test; Regression; Anova; Using Excel, Minitab, TI 83+ or SPSS for Solving & Interpreting Statistical Problems. Prerequisite: MA101 (4 credit hrs)
SO 310 Social Problems
Introduction to major social problems in American society, including poverty, deviance, population change, urbanization, chemical dependency, suicide, family stability, and economic change. Offered once a year, alternating between day and evening programs Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor.
SO 322 Social Theory
Survey of the major sociological theorists who develop propositions and laws about the nature of society and the individual. Introduces the leaders of European and American theories in the conflict, symbolic interaction, and structural functional perspectives. Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor
SO 345 Social Psychology
This course examines psychological and sociological principles that affect the behavior of individuals as members of groups. Representative topics include the biological foundations of behavior, prejudice, culture and personality, leadership, small group interaction, crowd behavior, mass media, childhood, adolescence and old age. Prerequisites: SO 101 and PY 101, or written permission of the instructor.
HS 460 Internship/Fieldwork
Consists of field placement in an agency, business, or industry environment related to the academic major. The placement should provide firsthand experience which allows students to apply, develop or strengthen classroom theories and skills. Work expectations for each intern are contracted with the faculty sponsor and placement supervisor. See Student Internship Program Guidelines for further details. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing (60 credit hours completed) and 2.5 GPA in the major; Permission of Director of Internships required.
Plus 9 credit hours of Sociology courses.
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