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Sociology
 

Associate Professor Barty Thompson, Chair
Associate Professors:
Charles Brown, Ph. D., and Kennon Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Brent Harger, Ph.D, and Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Instructor: Carla Abodalo, M.A.
Lecturers: Scott Lash, J.D., Adrienne Lodge, M.S., Brandy Neider, M.P.A., and Alice Sewell, Ph.D.

 



Family Studies Major

The family studies major provides students with an extensive academic understanding of family systems and their relationship to the development and social participation of their members as well as the skills to evaluate and conduct research on topics related to family interaction. The course requirements for students in this program focus on understanding the family as a social group and the dynamics of family participation in American society as well as in a global context. Students are introduced to the theory of group formation, the external forces that impinge upon family functioning and the methods that can be used to measure and anticipate family dysfunctions. Students who combine family studies with another major may enter the employment market immediately upon graduation in fields such as preschool education, elementary education, residential treatment and care, or may pursue a graduate degree in family studies.

Requirements:

All of the following core requirements:
  •  101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills general studies social science course)
  • 210: Research Methods
  • 211: Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning course)
  • 213: Social Theory
  • 490: Senior Seminar

Additional required specialized family courses:
  • 203: Human Services for Families and Children
  • 261: Family
  • 265: Global Families
  • 302: Juvenile Delinquency
  • 311: Domestic Violence
  • ANT320: Sex, Gender, & Culture
  • Travel, internship, or 400 level elective course
Two of the following general courses:
  • ANT101: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • 201: Social Problems
  • 230: Cultural Sociology
  • 251: Crime & Deviance
  • 262: Social Stratification
  • 291: Environmental Sociology 
One of the following advanced application courses:
  • 410: Sociology of Education
  • 415: Childhood and Adolescence

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Combining Family Studies with Other Majors

Requirements:

All of the following core requirements:
  • 101: Introduction to Sociology (fulfills general studies social science course)
  • 210: Research Methods
  • 211: Statistics (fulfills general studies quantitative reasoning course)
  • 213: Social Theory
  • 490: Senior Seminar
Other required specialized family course:
  • 261:The Family
One of the following intermediate courses:
  • 203: Human Services for Families and Children
  • 265: Global Families
  • 302: Juvenile Delinquency
  • 311: Domestic Violence
  • ANT320: Sex, Gender, & Culture
One of the following advanced application courses:
  • 410: Sociology of Education
  • 415: Childhood and Adolescence

Students are also encouraged to complete an internship as an elective.

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Education and Teacher Certification

Students interested in early childhood education may combine with any of the combined majors in this department for teacher certification.

Those intending to pursue secondary education certification in the social sciences should consult with advisers in the Sociology and Education Departments to assure selection of appropriate courses to fulfill all the mandated state requirements.

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