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  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology, BA


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Required Credit Hours: 33


Major Computing Requirement:


Concentrations:


Students should declare one of the following concentrations in Sociology: Generalist Sociology; Globalization; Health, Medicine, and Well-Being; Criminology, Law, and Society; or Social Problems, Policy, and Justice.

Additional Requirements:


Students also must take at least six additional courses, four must be numbered 300 and above (including one 400 other than the Capstone). A maximum of three credits of independent study from the courses listed below (exclusive of SOCL 495-SOCL 496) may count towards the Sociology major.  If a student wishes to count additional independent study credits toward the Sociology major, he/she must obtain approval from the Chair of the Sociology Department.  If pursuing one of the Concentrations listed below, please refer to those lists of electives.

Globalization Concentration Requirements:


For a Globalization Concentration, follow the Generalist Concentration requirements and take at least three of your six electives from the following (or other special topics or COLL courses in the concentration approved by the Department Chair):

Health, Medicine, and Well-being Concentration Requirements:


For a Concentration in Health, Medicine, and Well-being, take at least three of your six electives from the following (or other special topics or COLL courses in the concentration approved by the Department Chair): 

Criminology, Law and Society Concentration Requirements:


For a Concentration in Criminology, Law and Society, take at least three of your six electives from the following (or other special topics or COLL courses in the concentration approved by the Department Chair):

Social Problems, Policy & Justice Concentration Requirements:


For a Concentration in Social Problems, Policy and Justice, take at least three of your six electives from the following (or other special topics or COLL courses in the concentration approved by the Department Chair):

Recommended Course Sequence:


 Here are two suggested tracks for students to take to fulfill this curriculum.  The first is for a student who begins Sociology courses in the freshman year.  The second is for a student who does not begin Sociology courses until the sophomore year.

Track 1 - Freshman Year:


  • One 200 or 100 or 150 level Sociology course (3 - 4) and
  • SOCL elective (3)

Track 1 - Sophomore Year:


Track 1 - Junior Year:


Track 1 - Senior Year:


The department will offer multiple Senior Capstone Seminars in the academic year. The topics and professors for these courses will vary year to year. The department chair will inform rising seniors, prior to their registration for their senior fall semester of their capstone choices. Rising seniors will then express their preferences to the department chair. Prerequisites for these capstone courses are SOCL 351, SOCL 352, SOCL 353, and SOCL 354. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be made on a case-by-case basis by the department chair. A student completing Sociology Honors is not required to take a senior capstone seminar.

Track 2 - Sophomore Year:


  • One 200 level Sociology course (3) and
  • SOCL elective (3)

Track 2 - Senior Year:


  • (See Track 1 - Senior Year above for information on the Senior Year Capstone course.)

  • SOCL 494W - Senior Capstone Seminar (3) and
  • SOCL elective (3) and
  • SOCL elective (3) and
  • SOCL elective (3)

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