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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology B.S.

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Bachelor of Science Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology prepares students to understand and deal with diversity, modernization, and social change ranging from the local to global scale. The core competencies of the program prepare students to enter careers requiring technological facility, communication skills, data gathering and analysis skills, community awareness and involvement, problem-solving, critical thinking, an understanding of the structure and functioning of groups and organizations, greater awareness of their environment, critical self-reflection, and interpersonal and intercultural skills. Besides career preparation, specific concentrations in the major also provide background for graduate study in sociology and other related disciplines.

With the applied focus on modernization and social change, students who graduate with a degree in Sociology that is complemented by a knowledge of other social sciences would be prepared to work as urban planners, demographers and data analysts, public survey workers, social research assistants, affirmative action officers, employee specialists, cultural diversity trainers, criminologists in law enforcement and corrections, and numerous other occupations.

The program of study offers students both intellectual growth and marketable technical skills. Students who plan graduate work in sociology or related fields will likewise be introduced to the core studies necessary for the pursuit of their respective disciplines. Included in the curriculum are concentrations in:

Organizational and Social Change

Among other things students will understand how organizations and occupations are modified, how and why family structures are transformed, and how social mobility occurs.

Cultural Diversity Studies

Students will acquire a global perspective and the conceptual tools necessary to work in a variety of professional settings and academic positions


Students will learn about the causes of crime, how to measure the extent of crime, and how to critically examine the approaches used to prevent, sanction, and change criminal behavior.

Medical Sociology

Students will develop a critical understanding of the health care delivery system and its various stakeholders, including patients, organizations, and providers.  Other areas with the medical sociology concentration include aging, mental health, human sexuality, biotechnology and ethical issues, and substance abuse. 

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.   

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)


*Students cannot use the same upper division level course for their upper division requirement and their concentration requirement.

Major Concentration (15 Credit Hours)

Select five courses in one concentration area:

Related Studies (9 Credit Hours)

  • Related Studies Electives 9 hours: Nine hours of upper-division (3000-4000) studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor.  Lower division courses or additional internship hours may also be approved when appropriate.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements (3 Credit Hours)


Graduation Credit Hour Total (123 Credit Hours)

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