Anna Zajicek
Department Chair
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fulbright.uark.edu/departments/sociology/index.php

The Department of Sociology offers two majors:

A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in sociology is useful preparation not only for graduate work in sociology, but also for pre-professional training in other fields, such as medicine, law, human services, or related work in the government.

See here for a combined major in Sociology and African and African American studies.

See here for a major in criminal justice.

See here for a major in social work.

For requirements for an M.A. degree in sociology, see the Graduate School Catalog.

Requirements for B.A. Degree with a Major in Sociology: In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University/state minimum core requirements.

Select one of the following:3-4
Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
ENGL 2003Advanced Composition (Sp, Su, Fa) (see course description for exemption requirements)0-3
Completion of a world language course at the 1013 Elementary II level or higher.3
31 semester hours in SOCI courses, to include:31
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Race, Class, and Gender in America (Sp, Fa)
Social Psychology (Sp, Fa)
Social Data and Analysis Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa)
Social Research (Sp, Fa)
Social Theory (Sp, Fa)
Seminar in Sociology (Sp, Fa)
9 hours from sociology 3000- and 4000-level electives
Total Hours37-41

Writing Requirement: To fulfill the Fulbright College writing requirement, each sociology major will submit, prior to graduation, a substantial research or analytical paper, with a grade of “A” or “B” from an upper-division sociology course (3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level) to their departmental adviser. Satisfactory completion of an honors project or a senior thesis may fulfill this requirement.

Sociology B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
Select one of the following:3-4  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (Sp, Su, Fa)
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa) (or University/state core social science course)3  
1013 Elementary II World Language Course (or higher level, depending on placement)3  
University/State Core Fine Arts, Humanities or US History requirement3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
Select one of the following Math if still needed, else General Elective:  3-4
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
General Elective
Select one of the following:  3
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa) (if still needed)
University/State Core Social Science Course
Science University/State Core Lecture with Corequisite Lab requirement  4
General Elective  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 2003 Advanced Composition (Sp, Su, Fa) (as needed)3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement (as needed)3  
University State Core Humanities, U.S. History or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
General Electives 6  
Advanced Level Elective1  3
SOCI 3313 Social Research (Sp, Fa)1,2  3
Science University/State Core Lecture with Corequisite Lab requirement   4
University State Core U.S. History, Fine Arts, or Humanities requirement (as needed)  3
General Elective  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
SOCI 3193 Race, Class, and Gender in America (Sp, Fa)23  
SOCI 3223 Social Psychology (Sp, Fa)23  
General Electives9  
SOCI 3303 Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa)
& SOCI 3301L Social Data and Analysis Laboratory (Sp, Fa)1,2
  4
SOCI 3423 Social Theory (Sp, Fa)1, 2  3
SOCI Upper Level Elective 1,2  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
SOCI Upper Level Electives 1,26  
General Electives6  
Advanced Level Elective13  
SOCI 4043 Seminar in Sociology (Sp, Fa)2  3
3000+ Advanced Level Elective (if needed) or Advanced Level Elective 1  3
Advanced Level Elective 1  3
General Electives  3
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Requirements for a Minor in Sociology: 18 semester hours in sociology to include SOCI 2013SOCI 3313, SOCI 3423 and at least nine hours of 3000-level classes or above, of which no more than three hours can come from CMJS. A student must notify the department of her or his intent to minor.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Sociology: The Departmental Honors Program in Sociology is an upper-division course of study based on independent investigation on a scholarly topic of sociological interest. To be eligible for sociology honors candidacy, students normally will have completed 28 semester hours and not more than 85 semester hours with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5. They must take 12 hours in Honors Studies, which may include 6 hours of thesis. In the junior year, three hours of directed reading, planning, or other work on a research problem should be selected from the following courses:

SOCI 399VHHonors Course (Sp, Fa)1-6
SOCI 403VIndividual Study in Sociology (Sp, Su, Fa)1-3
SOCI 4043Seminar in Sociology (Sp, Fa)3

In the senior year, the student will complete an honors project for up to six hours of credit in SOCI 399VH Honors Course. This honors research project will normally consist of an empirical investigation but may, with the approval of the honors director and the other departmental representatives, be intensive library research on a topic. All candidates must pass an oral examination given by an Honors Council Committee. Successful completion of the requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction “Sociology Scholar Cum Laude” at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Sociology (B.A.) Teacher Licensure in Social Studies Requirements:

Please refer to the Secondary Education Requirements for Fulbright College Students.

Students wanting to teach social studies in middle school should consult with a middle level adviser in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Courses

SOCI 2013. General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Applies a sociological perspective and develops critical thinking. Focuses on culture, identity, race, ethnicity, gender, class inequality, crime, deviance, globalization, social change, and social institutions. Overview of sociological theories and methods for systematic understanding of society.

SOCI 2013H. Honors General Sociology (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Develops critical thinking, writing, and research skills by applying a sociological perspective. Focuses on culture, identity, race, ethnicity, gender, class inequality, collective behavior, crime, deviance, globalization, social change, and social institutions. Overview of sociological theories and methods for systematic understanding of society.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 2013.

SOCI 2033. Social Problems (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 2013) (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Sociological analysis of major social problems, with emphasis placed on social justice, poverty and economic inequality, racial and ethnic relations, gender, crime, education, and other contemporary issues. Develops critical thinking.

SOCI 3023. Criminology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Advanced survey of theories of crime causation. Examines broad sociological paradigms, as well as both individual and aggregate-level explanations of crime causation. Applies criminological theories to contemporary issues associated with crime and criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3023.

SOCI 3023H. Honors Criminology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Advanced survey of theories of crime causation. Examines broad sociological paradigms, as well as both individual and aggregate-level explanations of crime causation. Applies criminological theories to contemporary issues associated with crime and criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013, honors and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3023, SOCI 3023.

SOCI 3053. Serial Crime (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Exploration of the historical development of criminal profiling related to serial homicide, serial sex crimes, serial stalking, and serial arson. Examination of behavioral and criminological theories, focusing on different profiling techniques and their strengths and challenges. Case studies and published research on serial crime will be used whenever possible. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3053.

SOCI 3063. Victimology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to the scientific study of victimization. Examines conceptual boundaries of victimology research, covers theories, statistics and trends relevant to victimology; reviews the victim blaming and defending perspectives; explores practical applications of victimology, and evaluates the social, legal, and criminological issues that stem from concern over victims. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3063.

SOCI 3103. Religion and Society (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Theories and research on: religious symbols and rituals, becoming and staying religious, the formation and maintenance of religious organizations, religion and social inequality, religion and social change, and globalization.

SOCI 3153. Urban Sociology (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Examines growth of cities, urban inequalities, politics, social movements, built environment, ecology, sustainability, cultural identity, global cities, and immigration. Implications considered for policy and planning. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

SOCI 3173. Latinos, Migration, and the U.S. South (Fa). 3 Hours.

Examines social, economic, and population changes in the U.S. South, including shift of Latinos' settlement patterns, actions taken by policy makers to adapt to new demographic context, and mechanisms immigrants use to facilitate their induction into the southern community. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

SOCI 3193. Race, Class, and Gender in America (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

A critical examination of the layers of the U.S. society that shape and construct social inequalities. Overview of sociological theories and research on how race, class, and gender function separately and in tandem to organize systems of inequality. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

SOCI 3193H. Honors Race, Class, and Gender in America (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

A critical examination of the layers of the U.S. society that shape and construct social inequalities. Overview of sociological theories and research on how race, class, and gender function separately and in tandem to organize systems of inequality. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy, SOCI 2013 or SOCI 2013H and junior standing.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 3193.

SOCI 3203. Corrections (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Overview of correctional systems and punishment. Focuses on theories of correctional philosophies, practices, and procedures, along with the historical development and modern practices of corrections, sentencing, facilities, and issues facing correctional populations. Also examines principles and practices of treatment and rehabilitation in correctional settings. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3203.

SOCI 3223. Social Psychology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

A sociological approach to the study of the interaction between society and the self with an emphasis upon reference groups such as the family, friends, work, lifestyle, and deviance. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

SOCI 3263. Families and Social Change (Sp). 3 Hours.

A sociological analysis of the diversity and inequality that exists among families, and the ways in which families have and continue to change over time. Topics discussed include sex, gender, and sexuality, race, ethnicity, and immigration, class and economic transformations. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

SOCI 3273. Sociology of China (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Examines many aspects of Chinese people, their cultures, and practices, and also looks at Chinese Americans in the U.S. both historically and currently.Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

SOCI 3301L. Social Data and Analysis Laboratory (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

The lab is an extension of the lecture in SOCI 3303. Using a variety of computer packages, the lab provides practical experience in managing and analyzing social data. Corequisite: SOCI 3303.

SOCI 3301M. Honors Social Data and Analysis Laboratory (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

The lab is an extension of the lecture in SOCI 3303. Using a variety of computer packages, the lab provides practical experience in managing and analyzing social data. Corequisite: SOCI 3303H. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy.

SOCI 3303. Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, with special emphasis on common techniques in social research. Course focuses on the practical usage of data and application to real-world issues. Corequisite: SOCI 3301L. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

SOCI 3303H. Honors Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, with special emphasis on common techniques in social research. Course focuses on the practical usage of data and application to real-world issues. Corequisite: SOCI 3301L. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy, SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 3303.

SOCI 3313. Social Research (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Study and experience in implementing a methodological "toolbox," including theorizing, designing, measuring, sampling, collecting, interpreting, and reporting empirical results for real-world social research applications. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

SOCI 3313H. Honors Social Research (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Study and experience in implementing a methodological "toolbox," including theorizing, designing, measuring, sampling, collecting, interpreting, and reporting empirical results for real-world social research applications. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy, SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 3313.

SOCI 3413. Special Topics (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Offerings vary; check for particular course topics offered. Designed to cover specialized topics in greater depth than regular survey courses provide.Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

SOCI 3413H. Honors Special Topics (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Offerings vary; check for particular course topics offered. Designed to cover specialized topics in greater depth than regular survey courses provide. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy and SOCI 2013 or SOCI 2013H. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 3413.

SOCI 3423. Social Theory (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Examines the philosophical underpinnings of sociology; introduces notable classical and contemporary social theorists; develops an appreciation for the ways classical works continue to form the basis for contemporary social thought. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

SOCI 3423H. Honors Social Theory (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Examines the philosophical underpinnings of sociology; introduces notable classical and contemporary social theorists; develops an appreciation for the ways classical works continue to form the basis for contemporary social thought. Prerequisite: Honors standing, junior standing and SOCI 2013.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 3423.

SOCI 3513. Criminal Evidence (Fa). 3 Hours.

Examination of how evidence is collected, processed, and presented in court, with an emphasis on the competing interests of crime control and individual liberties. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3513.

SOCI 3723. Deviant Behavior (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Sociological overview of disconcerting conduct: its definition, theoretical understandings and research. Specific topics may include: interpersonal violence, self-destructive disorders, controversial lifestyles, substance abuse, as well as the relationship between inequality and disturbing acts. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3723.

SOCI 399VH. Honors Course (Sp, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Prerequisite: junior standing. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

SOCI 4003. Internship in Sociology (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

(Formerly SOCI 4006) Supervised experience in municipal, county, or state agencies, or any other agency which is approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

SOCI 4013. Special Topics in Sociology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Offerings vary; check for particular course topics offered. Designed to cover specialized topics in greater depth than regular survey courses provide. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

SOCI 4013H. Honors Special Topics in Sociology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Offerings vary; check for particular course topics offered. Designed to cover specialized topics in greater depth than regular survey courses provide. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy and SOCI 2013 or SOCI 2013H. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 4013.

SOCI 403V. Individual Study in Sociology (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

In-depth individual or group study with a faculty member on advanced sociological readings and/or participation in supervised research as an experience-based course. Faculty permission required in advance of enrollment. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

SOCI 4043. Seminar in Sociology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Capstone course in sociology. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

SOCI 4063. Organizations in Society (Sp). 3 Hours.

Review of literature on work and organizations, with focus on race, class, gender inequalities, and interactions between society and organizations; discussion of topics related to white collar crime and deviant behavior inside modern corporations. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

SOCI 4113. Terrorism and Social Control (Sp). 3 Hours.

Examines the evolution of modern terrorism, efforts to counter its growth, temporal and spatial patterns of precursor conduct, and the investigation, indictment, prosecution, and punishment of terrorists in federal courts. Focuses primarily upon American terrorist groups (ideologies, motives, group characteristics, and tactics). Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 4113.

SOCI 4153. Race and Society (Fa). 3 Hours.

Sociological study of race within the U.S., with an emphasis on understanding how race operates within contemporary social institutions. Critical engagement and discussion of topics relating to race will be encouraged. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 or AAST 1003 or AAST 2023.

This course is cross-listed with AAST 4153.

SOCI 4183. Social Network Analysis (Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduces the fundamentals of Social Network Analysis (SNA), and its applications for research in various social science fields. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with PLSC 4613.

SOCI 4603. Environmental Sociology (Sp). 3 Hours.

The course provides a social perspective on environmental issues. It examines the linkage between society, ecological systems and the physical environment. It provides conceptual framework(s) for analyzing environmental issues, considers the role of humans in environmental issues, and enhances understanding the complexity of the relationship between societal organization and environmental change. Prerequisite: Junior or above standing.

This course is cross-listed with HDFS 4603, SUST 4603.

Douglas James Adams, Associate Professor
Anthony Justin Barnum, Instructor
Juan Jose Bustamante, Assistant Professor
Lauren Copley, Visiting Assistant Professor
Grant R. Drawve, Assistant Professor
Mindy Sue Engen, Professor
Rodney L. Engen, Associate Professor
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, University Professor, Bernice Jones Chair in Community
Casey Taggart Harris, Associate Professor
Patricia S. Herzog, Assistant Professor
Lori C. Holyfield, Professor
Brandon Jackson, Assistant Professor
Patricia Koski, Associate Professor
Shauna Morimoto, Associate Professor
Bill Schwab, University Professor
Christopher A. Shields, Assistant Professor
Brent Lamar Smith, Distinguished Professor
Shaun A. Thomas, Associate Professor
Marcella Thompson, Instructor
Steven K. Worden, Associate Professor
Song Yang, Professor
Anna Zajicek, Professor