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SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM 

Faculty
Lee D. Millar Bidwell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
William Burger, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
Lawrence G. Hlad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology
James F. Hodgson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
Debra S. Kelley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology
Kenneth B. Perkins, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
Darryl G. Poole, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology 

The objective of the sociology major is to prepare students for occupations in business, industry, government, and human service. The major is appropriate preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and law. The focus of sociology is on social forces, institutions, organizations, and how individuals interface with society. The student's personal growth can be achieved through understanding of the rich diversity of the modern world. Skills can be developed in oral and written communication, critical thinking, scientific research methods, statistics and computerized data analysis. Opportunities for internships in research or in regional agencies are available. 

Minor in Sociology

The objective of the minor in sociology is to acquaint the student with the discipline and to allow for personal growth and skill building. Additionally, the minor is intended to enhance career possibilities. Research methods, statistics, computerized data analysis, oral and written communication, and critical thinking are emphasized. 

SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits 
SOCL 102 Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits  
SOCL 345 Social Research/3 credits  
SOCL 389 Sociological Theory/3 credits
Sociology electives/6 credits
Total 18 credits

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR, B.A., B.S. DEGREE 

A.

General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements 
NOTE: Goal 10 (Ethics, 1 credit) may be satisfied through SOCL 461, Senior Seminar in Sociology. Goal 8 is not satisfied by SOCL 101 and 102. Goal 7 is not satisfied by ANTH 101.

B.

Additional Degree Requirements, B.A. 9 credits.
Additional Degree Requirements, B.S. 10 credits.
See Additional Degree Requirements
 

C. Major Requirements. 42 credits.
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits
SOCL 102 Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits  
SOCL 345 Social Research/3 credits  
SOCL 346 Basic Statistics/3 credits  
SOCL 389 Sociological Theory/3 credits
SOCL 461  Senior Seminar in Sociology/3 credits  
ANTH 101  Introduction to Anthropology/3 credits  
Sociology electives/21 credits  
TOTAL 42 credits   
D. No grade below C is accepted for graduation in major course work. 
E. General Electives B.A. Degree: 36 credits
General Electives B.S. Degree: 35 credits 
F. Total Credits Required for B.A. or B.S. in Sociology  - 120     

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR, B.A., B.S. DEGREE
Criminal Justice Concentration 

A.

General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements
NOTE: Goal 10 (Ethics, 1 credit) may be satisfied through SOCL 461, Senior Seminar in Sociology. Goal 8 is not satisfied by SOCL 101 and 102. 

B.

Additional Degree Requirements. B.A. 9 credits.
Additional Degree Requirements.  B.S. 10 credits.
See Additional Degree Requirements  

C. Major Requirements. 42 credits.
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits 
SOCL 102  Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits  
SOCL 201 Issues in Criminal Justice/3 credits
SOCL 342 Penology/3 credits  
or SOCL 406 Sociology of Policing/3 credits  
SOCL 345 Social Research/3 credits
SOCL 346 Basic Statistics/3 credits  
SOCL 375 Criminology/3 credits  
SOCL 376 Sociology of Law/3 credits  
SOCL 389 Sociological Theory/3 credits  
SOCL 461 Senior Seminar in Sociology/3 credits  
ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology/3 credits  
Choose one of the following:
SOCL 335 Juvenile Delinquency/3 credits 
SOCL 351 Sociology of Domestic Violence/3 credits
SOCL 423 Women and Crime/3 credits
Sociology electives/6 credits
TOTAL 42 credits
   Courses Highly Recommended as General Electives For Criminal Justice Concentration:
POSC 230 Administration of Criminal Justice/3 credits
POSC 355 Constitutional Rights and Liberties/3 credits
POSC 356 Constitutional Rights and Liberties/3 credits  
POSC 370 Public Administration/3 credits
PSYC 365  Psychology of Organizational Behavior/3 credits  
SOWK 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits  
SOWK 280 Human Behavior and Social Environment I/3 credits 
D. No grade below C is accepted for graduation in major course work. 
E.

General Electives B.A. Degree: 36 credits
General Electives B.S. Degree: 35 credits 

F. Total Credits Required for B.A. or B.S. in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminal Justice  - 120 

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR, B.A., B.S. DEGREE
Pre-Law Concentration
 

A.

General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements 

NOTE: Goal 10 (Ethics, 1 credit) may be satisfied through SOCL 461, Senior Seminar in Sociology. Goal 8 is not satisfied by SOCL 101 and 102.

B.

Additional Degree Requirements, B.A. 9 credits.
Additional Degree Requirements, B.S. 10 credits.
See Additional Degree Requirements  

C. Major Requirements. 42 credits.
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits
SOCL 102 Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits
SOCL 345 Social Research/3 credits
SOCL 346 Basic Statistics/3 credits
SOCL 375  Criminology/3 credits
SOCL 376 Sociology of Law/3 credits  
SOCL 389 Sociological Theory/3 credits
SOCL 461 Senior Seminar in Sociology/3 credits
ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology/3 credits
Sociology electives*/15 credits
TOTAL/42 credits 
*Recommended:
SOCL 205 Deviance/3 credits  
SOCL 232 Minority Groups:  Race, Religion, Sex and Majority and Minority Relationships/3 credits  
SOCL 241 Marriage and the Family/3 credits  
SOCL 335 Juvenile Delinquency/3 credits  
SOCL 342 Penology/3 credits
SOCL 350  Power and Privilege:  Social Stratification/3 credits
SOCL 355  The Community/3 credits  
SOCL 360 Urban Sociology/3 credits  
Courses Highly Recommended as General Electives for the Pre-Law Concentration:
POSC 230 Administration of Criminal Justice/3 credits  
POSC 355 Constitutional Rights and Liberties/3 credits
POSC 356  Constitutional Rights and Liberties/3 credits  
ACCT 240 Principles of Accounting I/4 credits  
ACCT 242 Principles of Accounting II/4 credits  
ECON 218 Principles of Economics (Macro Emphasis)/3 credits  
PHIL 200 Introduction to Philosophy/3 credits  
PHIL 300 Logic/3 credits  
SPCH 200 Interpersonal Communications/3 credits
D. No grade below C is accepted for graduation in major course work. 
E. General Electives B.A. Degree: 36 credits
General Electives B.S. Degree: 35 credits 
F. Total Credits Required for B.A. or B.S.  in Sociology with a Concentration in Pre-Law  - 120

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR, B.A., B.S. DEGREE
Social Gerontology Concentration 

A.

General Education Core Requirement. 33 credits.
See General Education Requirements 
NOTE: Goal 10 (Ethics, 1 credit) may be satisfied through SOCL 461, Senior Seminar in Sociology. Goal 8 is not satisfied by SOCL 101 and 102.

B.

Additional Degree Requirements. B.A. 9 credits.
Additional Degree Requirements.  B.S. 10 credits.
See Additional Degree Requirements 

C. Major Requirements. 42 credits.
SOCL 101 Principles of Sociology/3 credits  
SOCL 102 Contemporary Social Problems/3 credits  
SOCL 310 Complex Organizations/3 credits  
SOCL 331 Social Gerontology/3 credits  
SOCL 332 Sociology of Dying and Death/3 credits  
SOCL 345 Social Research/3 credits  
SOCL 346 Basic Statistics/3 credits
SOCL 370 Medical Sociology/3 credits  
SOCL 389  Sociological Theory/3 credits  
SOCL 461 Senior Seminar in Sociology/3 credits  
Sociology electives/6 credits
PSYC 375 Psychology of Aging/3 credits  
RECR 304 Leisure and Aging/3 credits
TOTAL 42 credits 
Courses Highly Recommended as General Electives for the Social Gerontology Concentration
SOCL 241 Marriage and the Family/3 credits  
SOCL 492 Internship in Sociology/3-15 credits  
SOWK 406 Aging and Society/1 credit
ECON 313 Public Economics/3 credits   
D. No grade below C is accepted for graduation in major course work. 
E.

General Electives B.A. Degree: 36 credits
General Electives B.S. Degree: 35 credits

F. Total Credits Required for B.A. or B.S. in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Gerontology  - 120 
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