Anna Zajicek
Department Chair
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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 (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
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.

Group relations, culture, personality, social institutions, collective behavior, and social change.

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

Group relations, culture, personality, social institutions, collective behavior, and social change.

This course is equivalent to SOCI 2013.

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

Social disorganization, social strains, and deviant behavior, including consideration of war, poverty, ethnic relations, delinquency, drug addiction, mental illness, and population problems.

SOCI 2043. Marriage and the Family (Sp). 3 Hours.

A sociological analysis of courtship, marriage, and parenthood patterns including gender relations in and diverse forms of contemporary American families.

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

A survey of theories of crime causation, development of law, corrections, victimization, and police and policy. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 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 and statistics relevant to victimology, and explores practical applications of victimology, and 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.

Comparative study of religious organization, beliefs, practitioners, and rituals. Examination of major social science issues in the study of religion.

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

The processes of urbanization; the nature of urban social organization; the impact of urban culture on non-urban society; implications for policy and planning; including study of foreign as well as American communities. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

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

Examines the social, economic, and population changes in the US South. Focuses on issues associated with the shift of Latinos' settlement patterns from historical places to the South. Emphasizes actions taken by policy makers to adapt to the new demographic context of the South. Explores the 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.

Introduction to sociological theories and research on social inequality in the United States. Course focuses on the three prominent lines of social division in this society: class, gender, and race. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

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

A study of the origins, development, and practices related to corrections, including incarceration, community corrections and supervision, and intermediate sanctions. Prerequisite: Junior standing and CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3203.

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

Current theories and research in social interaction, with emphasis on symbolic processes, role theory, theories of interpersonal behavior, socialization, and the relation of institutional structures to individual behavior. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

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

Applied statistics lab to accompany SOCI 3303. Corequisite: SOCI 3303.

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

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics with special emphasis on those techniques most commonly used in social research. Corequisite: SOCI 3301L. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

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

Study and experience in current methods of social research with emphasis on sociological measurement and design. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

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

Designed to cover specialized topics not usually presented in regular courses. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

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

Nineteenth and 20th century sociological theory. Present-day currents in sociology are studied and related to political, philosophical, and psychological contemporary thought. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

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

Examination of how criminal evidence is collected by police and used by prosecutors and defense attorneys within a constitutional framework. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 3513.

SOCI 3723. Deviant Behavior (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Prevalence, theories, stereotypical responses, and treatment programs for behaviors such as vagrancies, alcoholism, violence, and sexual deviancy which deviate from social norms. 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.

Designed to cover specialized topics not usually presented in depth in regular courses. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

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

A reading and conference course on special topics in sociology for advanced students. 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.

An introduction to the study of organizations; provides a broad overview of issues and problems related to organizations in society. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

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

Examination of the causes, consequences, and counterterrorism policies affecting terrorism committed against Americans, whether domestic or international. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with CMJS 4113.

SOCI 4133. The Family (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A sociological analysis of the interactions and relationships which constitute the family as a group and as an institution, to include issues of gender and family diversity. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

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

Introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity within the United States, with emphasis on understanding how race and ethnicity operate within contemporary social institutions. 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.

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 HESC 4603, SUST 4603.

Douglas James Adams, Associate Professor
Juan Jose Bustamante, Assistant Professor
Lauren Copley, Visiting Assistant Professor
Grant R. Drawve, Assistant Professor
Mindy Sue Engen, Associate Professor
Rodney L. Engen, Associate Professor
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, University Professor, Bernice Jones Chair of Community and Family Institute
Casey Taggart Harris, Assistant 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, Assistant Professor
Marcella Thompson, Instructor
Steven K. Worden, Associate Professor
Song Yang, Professor
Anna Zajicek, Professor