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Major in Sociology for Undergraduate Students


General Sociology Major

(without concentration)

Though many differences can be identified among individuals, each of us lives with others in a society. In fact, it is through our daily social interactions that we create, sustain, and change the very essence of society. Sociology studies all aspects of life in a society, how it both shapes and is shaped by people. Using the scientific process, sociologists answer questions such as:

  • Why do jobs vanish from one area and appear somewhere else?
  • What social influences enable prejudice?
  • What alternatives to the nuclear family exist, and how prevalent are they?
  • How has an increased number of elderly people impacted life in the U. S.?
  • Is this still a country where hardworking people can get ahead?
  • How are intimate relationships around the world different?
  • Why does a person join a social movement and advocate for social change?


Students studying Sociology develop the ability to answer these questions and understand the limitations of their conclusions. The skills you need to succeed in a 21st century career include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, communication, collaboration, multicultural and global understandings, and expressive and persuasive writing skills. Because career advancement in an increasingly diverse, global society requires the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people from different cultures, ethnicities and nationalities, sociological coursework is uniquely suited to help you develop such skills. With a degree in Sociology, students have a foundation for both understanding and working in a globalizing world.

 

 



SOCL 100 Introductory Sociology*
Required Coursework (16 hours)

SOCL 210 Interaction: Self and Society* OR SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology*

SOCL 302 Social Research Methods*

SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society*

SOCL 499 Senior Seminar

Elective Coursework (15 hours)

SOCL 210 Interaction Self and Society*

SOCL 220 Marriage & Family*

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 245 Sociology of Popular Culture

SOCL 260 Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCL 270 Introduction to Community, Environment, and Development        

SOCL 310 Behavior in Small Groups

SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements

SOCL 322 Religion in Society*

SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport*

SOCL 342 Aging in Society*

SOCL 345 Sociology of  Popular Music

SOCL 346 Special Topics

SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality

SOCL 352 Technology, Work & Society*

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender

SOCL 360 The Community in Rural & Urban Settings*

SOCL 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class & Gender *

SOCL 363 Population, Society, & Development

SOCL 372 Human Wildlife Conflict

SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society*

SOCL 376 Sociology of Globalization

SOCL 389 Stigma and Society

SOCL 402 Evaluation Research Tech.

SOCL 404 Qualitative Research Methods

SOCL 408 Survey Applications

SOCL 410 Socialization

SOCL 440 Sociology of Health and Illness

SOCL 442 Sociology Research Project

SOCL 450 Occupations & Professions*

SOCL 452 Social Change

SOCL 455 Theory & Practice of Comm. Development

SOCL 466 Gender, Family & Society

SOCL 470 Environmental Sociology

SOCL 480 Sociology of Agri-Foods Systems

SOCL 489 Sociology Study Abroad

SOCL 494 Internship in Sociology*

SOCL 495 Directed Study

SOCL 496 Directed Study

NO MORE THAN TWO OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVE COURSES CAN BE USED FOR THE SOCIOLOGY MAJOR:

SOCL 309 Social Deviance*

CRIM 330 Criminology*

CRIM 332 Juvenile Delinquency*

SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society

CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime

CRIM 380 Penology*

CRIM 432 Sociology of Criminal Law

CRIM 434 Organized Crime

SOCL 435 Family Violence

CRIM 438 Victimology*

CRIM 446 Gender, Crime & Justice

CRIM 447 Life-Course Criminology

CRIM 448 International Justice and Crime

CRIM 451 White Collar Crime


 

Sociology Major with Concentration

The Sociology Major may also be taken with a concentration in one of four areas if students desire to concentrate in particular areas of the discipline.

Required Coursework for All Concentrations

SOCL 100 Introductory Sociology*

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology*

SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research*

SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society*

SOCL 499 Senior Seminar

 

1. Sociology Major With Concentration in Inequality and Social Change (SISC)

Select one course from the following:

SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality

SOCL 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class & Gender*

Select three courses from the following:

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 260 Race and Ethic Relations

SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender

CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime

SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society*

SOCL 440 Medical Sociology

CRIM 449 Gender, Crime, & Justice

SOCL 452 Social Change

SOCL 466 Gender, Family, & Society

Select two non-duplicative courses from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

 

2. Sociology Major With Concentration in Research Methods (SORM)

Required course:

SOCL 404 Qualitative Research Methods

Select two courses from the following:

SOCL 402 Evaluation Research Techniques

SOCL 408 Survey Applications

ANTH/FLK 399 Field Methods in Ethnography

ECON 465 Regression Econometrics

GEOG 316 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems

STAT 330 Introduction to Statistical Software

Select two courses from the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

 

3. Sociology Major With Concentration in Community, Environment, &   Development (SCED)

Required course:

SOCL 270 Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development

Select three courses from the following:

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements

SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality

SOCL 360 The Community in Rural & Urban Settings*

SOCL 363 Population, Society, & Development

SOCL 372 Human-Wildlife Conflict

SOCL 376 Sociology of Globalization

SOCL 452 Social Change

SOCL 455 Theory & Practice of Community Development

SOCL 470 Environmental Sociology

SOCL 480 Sociology of Agri-Food Systems

Select one non-duplicative course from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

 

4. Sociology Major With Concentration in Family, Gender, & Sexuality (SFGS)

Required course:

SOCL 220 Marriage & Family*

Select three courses from the following:

SOCL 342 Aging in Society *

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender

SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society

SOCL 362 Race, Class, & Gender*

SOCL 410 Socialization

SOCL 435 Family Violence

CRIM 446 Gender, Crime, & Justice

SOCL 466 Gender, Family, & Society

Select one non-duplicative course from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociolgy list.

 

For more information contact: Dr. Douglas Smith, Department Head
270.745.3759 douglas.smith@wku.edu
http://www.wku.edu/sociology

*Available by correspondence. Contact: WKU office of Independent Learning, Garrett Conference Center Room 101 270.745.4158.
 
 

 


 


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