Sociology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in sociology.

Faculty: Professor Peters, chairperson. Professors Carroll, Cunnigen, Mederer, and Travisano; Associate Professors Costello and Van Wyk; Assistant Professor Doerner; Instructor Pisa; Professor Emerita Reilly.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Students selecting this curriculum must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45) in sociology, including SOC 100, 301, 401, 495 [capstone], and two courses selected from SOC 240, 242, 336, 413, 428, and 452. At least 18 of the 30 credits must be at the 300 level or above. No more than six credits in independent study and/or field experience courses may be used toward the 30 credits required for the major. SOC 495 is to be taken during the senior year. (See the description of the anthropology major.)

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

In order to transfer into the sociology B.A. program from University College, a student must have completed at least 24 credits and have earned a minimum of a 2.00 GPA.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Students in this curriculum elect either the Criminology and Criminal Justice option or the Organizational Analysis option and must notify the dean’s office of the chosen option.

SOC 476 is the capstone course for the Criminology and Criminal Justice option. SOC 495 is the capstone course for the Organizational Analysis option.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Option. A minimum of 30 credits in sociology is required including SOC 100, 230, 274, 301, 370, and 476 (18); two courses selected from SOC 240, 242, 336, 375, 403, 413, 428, and 452 (6); and two courses selected from SOC 300, 330, 331, 420, 497, 498, and 499 (6). SOC 300, 497, 498, and 499 may be used only when the subject matter is central to criminology and/or criminal justice; students should consult with the program coordinator before enrolling in one to ensure the course can be used for the major. No more than three credits in independent study and/or field experience may be used toward the 30 credits required for the major. Students in this major must fulfill the foreign language/cross-cultural competence requirement by demonstrating competence in a foreign language, taking six credits in a foreign language, or by study abroad in an approved academic program for at least one semester. They may not use cross-cultural competence courses to fulfill this requirement. In addition to the required courses, students selecting this option are strongly encouraged to take PSC 288 and PSC 472.

Admission to this option is selective. Applications for admission will be reviewed twice each year, usually on or about October 1 and March 1. Students must apply by the end of September or February by submitting their names to the University College advisor for sociology or to the chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. To be considered for the Criminology and Criminal Justice option, students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits, including SOC 100, 230, and 274 by the application deadline, and must have earned an overall GPA of at least 2.50. Preference for admission will be given to those individuals with the highest grade point averages.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Organizational Analysis Option. A minimum of 30 credits in sociology is required including SOC 100, 301, 320, 350, 401, 495 (12); and six credits in sociology at the 300 level or above. No more than six credits in independent study and/or field experience courses may be used toward the 30 credits required for the major. In addition, students selecting this option must complete ECN 201 and 202 (6); MTH 111 (3); STA 308 and 412* (6); CSC 201* (4); WRT 333 (3); BUS 340, 341, 343, 345, 442, and either BUS 315 or BUS 443 or BUS 448 (18).

*Note: BUS 210 and 212 may be substituted for STA 308 and 412; and BUS 110 may be substituted for CSC 201 if these courses are already completed when the student transfers into the B.S. program.

Admission to this option is open to only 15 students per graduating class. Applications for admission will be reviewed only once each year, usually on or about March 1. Students must apply by the end of February by submitting their names to the University College advisor for sociology or to the chairperson of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. To be considered for the organizational analysis option, students must have earned a minimum of 45 credits by the application deadline and must have at least a 2.00 grade point average. Preference for admission will be given to those individuals with the highest grade point averages.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.