Assistant Professor Brian Jennings, Ph.D., Chair
Associate Professors Charles Brown, Ph.D., Kennon Rice, Ph.D. and Barty Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Instructor Carla Abodalo, M.A.
Lecturers Michael Foltz, M.P.A., Teri Jensen-Sellers, M.A., Scott Lash, J.D., Adrienne Lodge, M.S., Brandy Neider, M.P.A.
Perhaps the most comprehensive of the social sciences, sociology is concerned with the analysis and explanation of social phenomena. These phenomena, which range from the socialization of the child to criminal behavior and cultural change, are studied and investigated using a wide variety of research techniques. Through formalized standards of inquiry, sociologists focus on the relationships between the parts of social systems and how the systems are formulated, how they function, and how they are related to the everyday lives of human beings.
The Sociology Department offers four full majors of study within it:
In addition, students can combine each of the four majors mentioned above with another academic discipline to form a combined major.
The department also supports the following interdisciplinary majorss:
- Crime and Justice (sociology-political science-psychology),
- Child and Family Studies (sociology-psychology)
- Environmental Studies (social sciences - environmental science).
This diversity of majors covers a wide range of topics, but they are unified by a set of core requirements for all students in the department (with the exception of the environmental studies interdisciplinary major). These “Core Courses” include:
101: Introduction to Sociology (or ANT101 for Anthropology Majors)
210: Research Methods
213: Social Theory (Anthropology students have other course options to satisfy this requirement).
490: Senior Seminar
(Some substitutions are allowed in the above for students combining in another social science with similar required courses and those with interdisciplinary majors. These are noted below).
Appropriate academic skills are also ensured at each level in that all 300 level courses (excluding 400 level Anthropology) require a sophomore standing or above as a pre-requisite and all 400 level Sociology (excluding 400 level Anthropology) courses require a junior standing or above. Courses at the 400 level also have as a prerequisite that all other core courses be completed in addition to at least one additional 300 level course. Many other prerequisites exist for individual courses to ensure that students can build on a specific set of foundational skills in their upper level courses.
General Sociology Major
The sociology major is designed for students who are interested in a general, though intensive, study of sociological methodology, theory and content areas. Students with a major in sociology can find employment in business and government, in human service organizations, international organizations, as politicians, educators, journalists, social researchers and in foreign service. The general sociology major is intended primarily for students who plan to attend law school or pursue graduate study in sociology. It is also intended for those who seek careers in business, governmental, or community service occupations for which graduate school training is unnecessary.
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 course: 382/482: internship, travel abroad course, or a 300 level or above approved substitution
Two from the following general courses:
- ANT101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- 201: Social Problems
- 202: The Criminal Justice System
- 230: Cultural Sociology
- 262: Social Stratification
One from the following anthropology courses:
- ANT 310: Crime, Culture, & Conflict Resolution
- ANT 320: Sex, Gender and Culture
Two from the following lower level specialized courses:
- 203: Human Service for Families & Children
- 231: Cults & New Religious Movements
- 251: Crime and Deviance
- 253 Criminal Investigation
- 254: Advanced Criminal Investigation
- 261: The Family
- 265: Global Families
- 291 Environmental Sociology
Three from the following intermediate specialized courses:
- 302: Juvenile Delinquency
- 305: Terrorism
- 307: Organized Crime
- 311: Domestic Violence
- 331: Mass Media & Popular Culture
- 332: Sport & Leisure
- 333: Sociology of Religion
- 334: Religion & Popular Culture
- 360 Crime and the Media
- 385: Violence and Victims
One from the following advanced application courses:
- 410: Sociology of Education
- 415: Childhood and Adolescence
- 430: Collective Behavior & Social Movements
- 440: Ethnographies in Crime and Deviance
- 450: White Collar Crime
- 460: Serial Murder
Combining General Sociology with Other Majors