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 Crime and Society
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).