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Sociology Minor

The task of sociology is to accurately describe and explain social interactions or behaviors. Sociologists also work to understand the meaning of social interactions or behaviors. Studying sociology provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate the complexities of social life and develop an awareness of the connections among themselves, their communities, society at large, and the global environment.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Students seeking a Minor in Sociology must complete 21 credit hours.

  • Required Courses:
    • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201 Social Issues
    • SOC 202 Race and Ethnicity
    • SOC 301 Social Research
    • SOC 302 Social Theory
    • SOC 380 Advanced Topics in Sociology
  • Electives:
    • Students seeking a minor need to take one elective course.
  • Total credit hours: 21

CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINOR

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Students seeking a Criminal Justice Minor must complete each of the following:

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 201 Social Issues
  • SOC 208 Criminology
  • SOC 209 Causes of Delinquency OR SOC 210 Traditional and Community-Based Corrections
  • SOC 301 Social Research
  • SOC 320 Law and Crime or approved SOC 300-level elective
  • SOC 303 Theory in Criminology
  • 21 credit hours

We strongly suggest taking SOC 202 Race and Ethnicity to fulfill general education diversity requirement.

Suggested majors to pair with criminology minor:

  • Investigations and Federal Agencies: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Foreign Languages, Math, Nursing
  • Law: English, History, Philosophy
  • Corrections, Parole, Probation: Psychology, Social Work

It is strongly suggested that students also consider second language proficiency.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SOC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3 hours
Course challenges students to begin thinking of their own lives and those of others as social experiences that are mysteriously complicated and yet knowable. Students learn what sorts of information help us accurately understand the social world.

SOC 102 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY 3 hours
Introductory study of human nature, human evolution, and human behavior in a variety of cultural settings. 

SOC 201 SOCIAL ISSUES 3 hours
Learning focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to understand social issues from a sociological perspective. Students will gain knowledge about some social issues and learn how to successfully learn about other social issues by applying the skills learned in class. Students will conduct secondary research on four social issues covered in class. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 202 RACE AND ETHNICITY 3 hours
Course reinforces concepts like sociological perspective, stereotypes and generalizations, social research, social institutions, and social hierarchy and applies them to race and ethnicity in the United States. Students are asked to examine their own prejudices and ways they discriminate against others and to demonstrate personal growth. As a course that meets diversity requirements, students will participate in learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 208 CRIMINOLOGY 3 hours
Study of the causes, types, distribution, and prevention of crime. Course will consider social structures that affect and are affected by crime, including a look at the present organization of domestic and international legal systems. Emphasis is on the sociological understanding of deviance and crime in society. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 209 CAUSES OF DELINQUENCY 3 hours
A critical analysis of the nature of delinquent behavior with a focus on impact of race, class, and gender. Course examines theories, causes, and treatment of children exhibiting delinquent behavior. Prerequisite: SOC 208

SOC 210 TRADITIONAL AND COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS 3 hours
Study of how U.S. culture and legal system respond to convicted criminals. Course explores conditions, nature, and effectiveness of corrections, the social institutions that impact corrections, and the role of change in corrections systems. Prerequisites: SOC 208

280 TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY 3 hours
This course provides a focused look at traditional specialty areas in sociology. Students will reinforce their general knowledge, values, and skills related to sociology. Courses will require Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC 301 SOCIAL RESEARCH 3 hours
Introduction to the basic steps of the traditional scientific research process. Students conduct primary research following the approval of the Institutional Review Board. Initial results are analyzed and presented to the class. Students are also exposed to alternative research methods such as community-based research. Prerequisites: 200-level SOC course.

SOC 302 SOCIAL THEORY 3 hours
Course examines classic through contemporary sociological theory. Students learn the content of the theories and the relationships between the theories. Emphasis is on critical thinking and writing. Students will complete a research paper where they apply social theory to a contemporary social issue. Prerequisites: 200-level SOC course.

SOC 303 THEORY IN CRIMINOLOGY 3 hours
Course examines classic through contemporary criminological theory. Students learn the content of the theories and the relationships between the theories. Emphasis is on critical thinking and writing. Prerequisites: SOC 208

SOC 304 SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS 3 hours
Introduction to statistics as a tool for analyzing and understanding data related to the social sciences. The course emphasizes the theoretical basis of statistical methods and how to use them in social research. Classes take place in the computer center to allow students the opportunity to learn the computer program Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Prerequisites: SOC 301 and junior standing.

SOC 320 LAW AND CRIME 3 hours
Course considers U.S. and international legal systems. Students learn what constitutes criminal law and how to understand the role of the legal system in curtailing or addressing crime. Prerequisites: SOC 208

SOC 380 ADVANCED SOCIOLOGY TOPICS 3 hours
Students explore more specialized sociological topics with more rigorous theoretical or research components than 200-level courses require. Prerequisites: 200-level SOC course.

SOC 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY CV
Reading, research and creative work on a problem related to the major field. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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