Professor: Browyn Conrad, Karl Kunkel
Associate Professors: Marjorie Donovan, Harry L. Humphries
Instructor: Gary Wilson
Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior, as well as the structure, organization, and processes that define contemporary society. As the foundation of many fields of study, including social work, gerontology, demography, and criminal justice, sociology serves as a valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers in a wide variety of fields, including law, law enforcement, criminology, social services, public administration, community planning, international relations, and market research. Sociology's concentration on such social factors as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class also make it an excellent foundation for working in today's multiethnic, multinational business world. The major is organized to reflect the rationale and recommendations of the American Sociological Association and requires the completion of a minimum of 38 semester hours in sociology. Majors in sociology must complete 45 upper-division credit hours to graduate and must take at least one minor or second major with a minimum of 16 upper-division semester credit hours. Suggested minors and/or second majors include: history, geography, psychology, multicultural studies, international studies, or women’s studies. Majors may also choose to pursue a recognized emphasis in one of the following two specializations: 1) Criminology or 2) Diversity Studies.
An undergraduate major in sociology provides the student with an understanding of the intellectual tradition focusing on the description, understanding, and evaluation of human society, its structure, organization, and processes. Organized around a central core of knowledge and skills that characterize the discipline and reflect the recommendations of the American Sociological Association on teaching the discipline in the 21st century, the program requires an appreciation of sociological theory; quantitative methods and analysis; technical knowledge of how to deal with data; issues of gender, race, culture, and class; and the areas of socialization, stratification, and social structures. The program not only provides knowledge of the central disciplinary themes, but, also allows students to explore their interests and advance career aspirations. Students may elect to take a general major in sociology or pursue one of two degree emphases: Criminology and Diversity Studies.
The Sociology degree requires 38 hours of sociology classes, with no more than 9 lower division sociology hours, distributed as follows: