College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

Sociology Degree Program

39 cr. hrs., Sociology Internship or SL Course

The Degree in Sociology is a program designed to give students a grasp on the general concepts of Sociology.

Core Requirements (15 cr. hrs.) Computer Competence

  • SW 200SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 391 Social Theory Seminar (prereq.: SW 200SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq.: SW 200SO,  one sociology course, SO 293 or equivalent, Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar I (prereq.: SO 391W, SO 393, Senior standing) (2cr. hr.)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (SO 486) (1 cr. hr.)

Note: SO 499 Honors Thesis can be completed in place of SO486, SO 487 Senior Research Seminar Sequence.

Sociology Area Requirements (24 cr. hrs.)

At least one course from each of the following four areas. (All 300 level courses require SW200 SO or permission; SO293, SO381, SO383, SO385 may not be taken to satisfy this requirement.)

Socio-Cultural Institutions
SO 301 Families and Gender Roles
SO 303 Political Behavior, Polity and Society
SO 311 Law and Society
SO 315 Film, Media, & Society
SO 319 Mental Illness, Culture and Society
SO 351 Punishment and Society
SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Socio-Cultural Process and Integration
SO 339 Violence, Media, Culture
SO 341 Self and Society
SO 343 Popular Culture
SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
SO 347 Urban Community
SO 349 Social Movements

Social Structure and Differentiation
SO 317 Gender and Society
SO 321 Crime and Society
SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SO 325 Class, Status, and Power
SO 326 Gender, Race and Crime
SO 329 The Sociology of Racism

Global and Comparative Studies
SO 331 Latin American Societies
SO 333 European Societies
SO 335 Global Society
SO 355 International Crime

Note: SO 380 Selected Topics in Sociology will count toward your major in the respective concentration area.  This course may be substituted for one of the above additional course requirements with the permission of the Department Head and can be taken any time after the Freshman year.

Students may choose an internship or a service learning course.
Internship (minimum of one three-credit hour course) SO 484 (3 hours) or SO 485 (6 hours)
Service Learning Course (minimum three hours)