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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Sociology


Leon Wilson, Chairperson, A-415 Brewster Building

BA in Sociology

Credit toward the sociology major will not be given in any SOCI course with a grade of less than C. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs.) - 42 s.h.
  2. Foreign language through level 1004 - 12 s.h.
  3. Core - 15 s.h.
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS)
    SOCI 3213. Methods of Research (3) (F,S) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3216. Introduction to Social Statistics (3) (F,S) (P for SOCI major: SOCI 3213; P for all other students: MATH 3228 or equivalent approved by the instructor or PSYC 2101 or SOCI 3213)
    SOCI 4385. Theoretical Perspectives and Applications (3) (WI) (P: SOCI 2110; or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 4800. Senior Seminar (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: SOCI major; SOCI 3216; 3385 or 4385)
  4. SOCI electives - 18 s.h.
  5. Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.

BS in Applied Sociology

Credit toward the sociology major will not be given in any SOCI course with a grade of less than C. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    PHIL 1180. Introduction to Critical Reasoning (3) (WI*) (S) (FC:HU) or PHIL 2261. Introduction to Philosophy of Science (3) (FC:HU)
  2. Common core - 36 s.h.
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS)
    SOCI 2111. Modern Social Problems (3) (F,S,SS) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3213. Methods of Research (3) (F,S) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3216. Introduction to Social Statistics (3) (F,S) (P for SOCI major: SOCI 3213; P for all other students: MATH 3228 or equivalent approved by the instructor or PSYC 2101 or SOCI 3213)
    SOCI 4385. Theoretical Perspectives and Applications (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4500. Work and Organizations (3) (S) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4800. Senior Seminar (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: SOCI major; SOCI 3216; 3385 or 4385)
    Choose 15 s.h. of SOCI electives
  3. Minor or concentration area - 24 s.h.
    Students may elect to take a minor in another discipline or one of the four areas of concentration listed below. The minor or area of concentration is to be a program of study appropriate for applied sociology and the long-term objectives of the student. A course cannot simultaneously count for the area of concentration and for the required sociology courses.
    Applied Social Research:
    SOCI 4200. Advanced Techniques in Quantitative Sociology (3) (P: MIS 2223; SOCI 3213)
    SOCI 4201. Advanced Techniques in Applied Research (3) (P: SOCI 3216)
    Choose one from:
    SOCI 3215. Introduction to Qualitative Sociology (3) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 4202. Special Topics in Applied Social Research (3) (P: SOCI 2110; a statistics or research design course)
    SOCI 4950. Practicum in Sociology (3) (F,S) (P: SOCI major; 27 s.h. in SOCI with a minimum grade of C in each course; consent of dept chair, practicum coordinator, and faculty member who will supervise the practicum)
    Choose 15 s.h., including at least two disciplines other than sociology from:
    ANTH 3050. Ethnographic Field Methods (3) (S) (P: ANTH 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    COMM 2030. Communication Research (3) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3110. Persuasion Theories (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS)
    ECON 2133. Principles of Macroeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ECON 2113)
    GEOG 2003. Geography of the Global Economy (3) (F,S)
    GEOG 3430. Geographic Information Systems I (3) (F,S) (P: GEOG 2410 or equivalent)
    MKTG 3832. Marketing Management (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ECON 2113)
    MKTG 4662. Marketing Research (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: MKTG 3832; MATH 2283)
    MKTG 4732. Consumer Behavior (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MKTG 3832)
    PLAN 3021. Introduction to Planning Techniques (3) (F)
    PLAN 3022. History and Theory of Planning (3) (WI*) (F,S)
    PLAN 5025. Coastal Area Planning and Management (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    POLS 3242. Municipal Policy and Administration (3)
    POLS 3252. Public Administration (3) (F)
    POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010)
    POLS 3255. Domestic Public Policy (3) (S)
    PSYC 3241. Personnel and Industrial Psychology (3) (F,S,SS)
    PSYC 5343. Psychology of Organizational Behavior (3) (P: Graduate standing; PSYC 3241; or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 3235. Population Trends and Problems (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3410. Introduction to Maritime Sociology (3) (P: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 5500. Seminar in Population (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
    Law and Society:
    SOCI 4320. Sociology of Law (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4322. Law and Social Change (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    Choose 18 s.h., including at least two disciplines other than sociology from:
    ECON 3030. Antitrust and Regulation (3) (WI) (F) (P: ECON 2113)
    FINA 2244. Legal Environment of Business (3) (F,S,SS)
    FINA 3244. Commercial Law (3) (F,S) (P: FINA 2244 or consent of instructor)
    JUST 1000. The Criminal Justice System (3) (F,S,SS)
    JUST 3500. Principles of Criminal Law (3) (F,S) (P: JUST 1000, 2000)
    PHIL 1175. Introduction to Ethics (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS)
    PHIL 1180. Introduction to Critical Reasoning (3) (WI*) (S)
    PHIL 1500. Introduction to Logic (3) (F,S,SS)
    PHIL 2275. Professional Ethics (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS)
    PHIL 2282. Philosophy of Law (3) (F,S) (P: PHIL 1175, 2275)
    POLS 3204. The American Judiciary (3) (F) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3223. Constitutional Powers (3) (S) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3224. Civil Liberties (3) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3252. Public Administration (3) (F)
    SOCI 4330. Criminology (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4950. Practicum in Sociology (3) (F,S) (P: SOCI major; 27 s.h. in SOCI with a minimum grade of C in each course; consent of dept chair, practicum coordinator, and faculty member who will supervise the practicum)
    SOCI 5300. Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
    SOCW 3302. Social Work Policy II (3) (F,S) (P: SOCW major or consent of dean)
    Marriage and Family:
    SOCI 4325. Marriage and the Family (3) (F,S,SS) (P: SOCI 2110)
    Choose 21 s.h. including at least two disciplines other than sociology from:
    ANTH 3200. Women’s Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) (EY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    CDFR 2000. Child Development I – Prenatal Through Early Childhood (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 3002. Child in the Family (3) (F,S,SS)
    CDFR 4303. Families and Cultural Diversity (3) (F,S) (P: CDFR 1103)
    CDFR 4313. Trends and Issues in Family Studies (3) (F,SS) (P: CDFR 1103)
    COMM 4130. Conflict and Communication (3) (P: COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4135. Gender and Communication (3) (F) (P: COMM 1001, 1002; or WOST 2000 or 2400)
    GERO 2400. Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    HIST 3140. Women in American History (3) (F,S)
    PSYC 2201. Psychology of Childhood (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060 or equivalent)
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    SOCI 3235. Population Trends and Problems (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3325. Sociology of Human Sexuality (3) (F) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 4950. Practicum in Sociology (3) (F,S) (P: SOCI major; 27 s.h. in SOCI with a minimum grade of C in each course; consent of dept chair, practicum coordinator, and faculty member who will supervise the practicum)
    SOCI 5335. Sociology of Marriage Problems (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
    SOCI 5400. Seminar in Gender Roles (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
    SOCI 5600. Seminar in Aging (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
    SOCI 5800. Seminar in the Family (3) (P: SOCI 2110; consent of instructor)
    SOCW 2400. Introduction to Gerontology (3) (F,S)
    SOCW 4501. Crisis Intervention (3) (F) (P: SOCW major or consent of dean)
    Social Diversity:
    Choose 6 s.h. from:
    SOCI 3400. Introduction to Gender and Society (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4345. Race and Cultural Minorities (3) (S) (P: SOCI 2110 or ANTH 1000)
    SOCI 4347. Social Inequality (3) (F) (P: SOCI 2110 or ANTH 1000)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    SOCI 3100. Sociology of Aging (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3325. Sociology of Human Sexuality (3) (F) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 4341. Sociology of Religion (3) (S) (P: SOCI 2110)
    Choose 15 s.h. electives, including at least two disciplines other than sociology from the following. Any of the six courses listed above under social diversity that are not used to fulfill those hours may be used as electives.
    ANTH 3002. Cultures of East Asia (3) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3003. Cultures of Africa (3) (OY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3004. Cultures of the South Pacific (3) (EY) ( P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3005. North American Indians (3) (EY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3016. Cultures of the Caribbean (3) (S) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3017. Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala (3) (OY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3018. Cultures of South and Central America (3) (EY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3200. Women’s Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) (EY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ETHN 2002. Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
    GEOG 4320. Gender, Economy and Development (3) (S) (P: consent of instructor)
    GERO 2400. Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    GERO 5400. Seminar in Aging Studies (3) (P: consent of instructor)
    INTL 1000. Introduction to International Studies (3) (F,SS)
    INTL 2003. Introduction to Chinese Culture (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    INTL 2004. Introduction to Japanese Cultures (3)
    POLS 3039. Black Politics in America (3)
    POLS 3040. Women in Politics (3) (S)
    POLS 3041. Women and Public Policy (3) (S)
    PSYC 3777. Ethnocultural Influences on the Development of the Self (3) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    PSYC 4335. Psychology of Women (3) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    SOCI 3500. Economy and Society (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3600. Power and Politics in Society (3) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 5100. Social Inequality (3) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    SOCI 5400. Gender Roles (3) (P: SOCI 2110 or consent of instructor)
    WOST 2400. Introduction to Women’s Studies (3) (FC:SO)
    WOST 4200. Feminist Theory (3) (WI) (F) (P: WOST 2000 or 2200 or 2400)
  4. Cognates - 6 s.h.
    ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200) or ENGL 3820. Scientific Writing (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200) or ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    MIS 2223. Introduction to Computers (3) (F,S,SS)
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Sociology Minor

Minimum requirement for sociology minor is 24 s.h. credit as follows:
  1. Core - 6 s.h.
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 4337. Principles of Sociology (3) (S)
  2. SOCI electives - 18 s.h.
    Sociology minors are encouraged to consult with the Department of Sociology when registering for SOCI electives.

Sociology Honors Program

The honors program in sociology is designed for outstanding sociology majors who wish additional challenge and recognition in pursuing scholarly or service work in an area of sociology. Students in the program enroll in SOCI 4550, 4551 in consecutive semesters. In consultation with the student, the departmental chairperson will appoint a faculty advisor and two faculty reviewers to comprise an honors committee that will approve, supervise, and evaluate the work of the student. Under the guidance of this committee, the student will undertake extensive reading, research, or service activities resulting in the writing of an honors paper. The honors paper will be presented to, and orally defended before, the honors committee. To qualify for the program, a student must be a senior, have the approval of the dept chair, and have a minimum cumulative and major 3.5 GPA.