Programs of Study (Major and Minors)
The sociology major leads to the terminal degree of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). There are two “tracks” or concentrations that help students receive the education they need to prepare for careers and employment in sociology or related fields.
The Traditional Concentration is aimed at preparing students for graduate school, or for finding employment with a government agency, private business, or non-profit organization.
The Criminal Justice Concentration is aimed at preparing students for law school or employment in a law enforcement agency, such as the FBI, probation officer, or a local police force.
Regardless of the concentration, all students pursuing our major will receive personal instruction and one-on-one mentoring and advising. Majors are also encouraged to take courses from related disciplines on relevant topics in order to personalize their education.
Class sizes are generally small, intimate, and offer students ample opportunities to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world experiences. In fact, all majors are required to engage in experiential learning via internships and the senior thesis. Students are also encouraged to pursue cooperative learning, another form of experiential learning in which students are guided by a faculty member on how to use an existing employment setting as an opportunity to apply sociology.
Finally, the program offers a host of required and electives courses on-line which makes the program extremely flexible for those who must deal with time constraints as the result of full-time employment and/or family obligations.
Minor in Sociology
The Sociology Minor expands students’ knowledge about social reality, social inequality, social stratification, diversity, and social identity by introducing minors to the core social theories and topics within the discipline.
Students wishing to pursue the minor in Sociology must complete 18 hours of coursework in Sociology including General Sociology (SOCI 203), Social Stratification (SOCI 321), and Social Theory (SOCI 322). An additional 9 credit hours must be upper division sociology courses excluding Social Research Methods (SOCI 323), Quantitative Analysis and Data Management (SOCI 324), and Senior Thesis (SOCI 420).
Minor in Crime and Society
Minor in Geography
The Geography Minor (18 credits) provides an interdisciplinary study of world cultures and environments at multiple scales, local to global. Geography bridges the human and physical sciences and provides important perspectives and skills that help us understand human-land relationships and our interdependence with people all over the world.
Geographers are prepared for a wealth of rewarding careers ranging from work in government agencies to business, industry, education, and non-profit organizations. The U.S. Department of Labor describes Geography as a “bright outlook” career area. Beyond normal skills like written and oral communication, geographers have unique skills and perspectives: a global view, spatial thinking, skills in map interpretation and geospatial technologies, an interdisciplinary perspective, and a sense of the complex interconnectedness of humans with their environments. Join us! Let Geography take you there! “Geography is for life in every sense of the expression…lifelong, life-sustaining, and life-enhancing.” (National Geography Standards)
The Geography Minor can be combined with most university degree programs, e.g., majors in global studies, history, political science, sociology, and environmental studies. Students wishing to complete the Geography Minor must complete 18 credits of coursework, including GEOG 105 World Cultural Geography, GEOG 202 World Regions, and GEOG 301 World Economic Geography or GEOG 307 Population and Development (9 cr). An additional 6 credits must be upper division elective courses in geography. The final 3 credits are to be taken from a list of restricted electives. A complete description of each course can be found HERE.