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Majors and Minors

Sociology & Criminology graduates

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Major in Sociology

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 334 Immigration
    • 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 first 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)

Major in Criminology

Core Requirements (15 cr. hrs.):

  • SW 200SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 391W Social Theory Seminar (prereq: SW200SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq: SW200SO, one sociology course, SO 293 or equivalent, and Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar I (prereq:  SO 391W, SO 393,Senior standing) (2 cr. hrs.)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (prereq:  SO486) (1 cr. hr.)

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

Criminology Area Requirements:

  • All 300 level courses and above require SW 200SO or permission of the instructor.
  • Crime and Law Area:  Five Courses (15 cr. hrs.)
  • SO 321 Crime and Society and four of the following:
    • SO 311 Law and Society
    • SO 326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • SO 339 Violence, Media, Culture
    • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
    • SO 351 Punishment and Society
    • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Socio-Cultural Diversity Area: One Course (3 cr. hrs.)
    • SO 317 Gender and Society
    • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO 325 Class, Status, and Power
    • SO 329 The Sociology of Racism
  • Global and Comparative Studies Area: One Course (3 cr. hrs.)
    • SO 331 Latin American Societies
    • SO 333 European Societies
    • SO 335 Global Society
    • SO 355 International Crime
  • Sociology Elective Area: One Course (3 cr. hrs.)
  • Any other 300 level sociology course excluding SO 381, SO 383, or SO 385.

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 first 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 credit hour)
     

Sociology Specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

Core Requirements (15 cr. hrs.)

  • SW 200SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO 391W 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) (2 cr. hrs.)
  • SO 487 Senior Research Seminar II (prereq.:  SO 486) (1 cr. hr.)

Note: SO 499 Honors Thesis can be complete in place of SO 486, SO 487 Senior Research Seminar Sequence

  • Social Work Practice Requirements (9 cr. hrs.)
    • SO 381 Social Work and Social Policy
    • SO 383 Social Work Methods
    • SO 385 Practice Skills in Social Work

Sociology Requirements (15 cr. hrs.)

At least one course from each of the following four areas(All 300 level courses and above require SW 200SO or permission of the instructor.)

  • 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:
    • SO317 Gender and Society
    • SO321 Crime and Society
    • SO323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SO325 Class, Status and Power
    • SO326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • SO329 The Sociology of Racism
    • SO353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Global and Comparative Studies:
    • SO 331 Latin American Societies
    • SO 333 European Societies
    • SO 335 Global Societies
    • SO 355 International Crime

Note: SO 370 Selected Topics in Social Work or SO 380 Selected Topics in Sociology will count toward your major in the respective concentration area. These courses may be substituted for one of the above 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-credit hour)

Minor in Sociology

Core Requirements (9 cr. hrs.)

  • SW 200SO Understanding Society
  • SO 39W1 Social Theory Seminar (prereq.: SW200SO, two sociology courses, junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq.: SW 200SO, one sociology course, SO 293 or equivalent and junior standing)

Sociology Area Requirements (12 cr. hrs.)

One course from each of the four concentration areas. (All 300 level courses require SW 20SO or permission:  SO 293, SO 381, SO 383, SO 385 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, and Society
    • SO 319 Mental Illness, Culture and Society
    • SO 351 Punishment and Society
    • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • 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
  • Socio-Cultural Process and Integration
    • SO 339 Violence, Media and Culture
    • SO 341 Self and Society
    • SO 343 Popular Culture
    • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
    • SO 347 Urban Community
    • SO 349 Social Movements
  • Global and Comparative Studies
    • SO 331 Latin American Societies
    • SO 333 European Societies
    • SO 334 Immigration
    • SO 335 Global Societies
    • SO 355 International Studies

Minor in Criminology

Core Requirements (9 cr hrs)

  • SW 200 SO Understanding Society
  • SO 391W Social Theory Seminar (SW200SO + two sociology courses; Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Social Research Seminar (SW200SO + one sociology course + SO293 Social Statistics OR other approved Statistics course; Junior standing) 

Area Requirements (All 300 level courses require SW200 SO or permission)

Crime and Law Area: Three Courses (9 cr hrs)         

  • Required Core Course: SO321 Crime and Society and two of the following:
    • SO 311 Law and Society
    • SO 326 Gender, Race, Crime
    • SO 339 Violence, Media, Culture
    • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control
    • SO 351 Punishment and Society
    • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
    • SO 355 International Crime

Socio-Cultural Diversity; One Course (3 cr hrs):

  • SO 317 Gender and Society
  • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 325 Class, Status and Power
  • SO 329 The Sociology of Racism

Minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration: A Sociological Perspective

I. Sociology Core Requirements (9 cr hrs)

  • SW 200 Understandin Society
  • SO 391 Social Theory Seminar
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar

II. Required Course

  • SO 334 Immigration

III. Specialized courses (9 cr hrs)

Choose threee of the following:

  • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 326 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • SO 329 The Sociology of Racism
  • SO 331 Latin American Societies
  • SO 355 International Crime
  • SO 380 Special Topics   (The Department Chair will approve Special Topics courses which may count toward the Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration minor.)

 

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.