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Sociology -Courses Offered

SOCY 201 Introduction to Sociology F; S 3 SH
A survey of basic concepts and methods in sociology. It presents significant research and theory in areas such as socialization, culture, social structure, deviance, social stratification and social institutions emphasizing comparative analyses. NOTE: SOCY 201 is a prerequisite for ALL Sociology (SOCY) courses.
SOCY 206 Sociology of the Family S 3 SH
Examines family as a social institution. Includes sociological overviews of modern family in its diverse forms and its relationship to economy, government, and stratification systems of gender, race, and class. Other topics include functions of the family as a social unit; trends in family organization; problems of domestic violence, marriage, children, divorce,
remarriage, and blended families. Prerequisites: SOCY 201 or junior status and the permission of the instructor.
SOCY 320 Social Work and Social Welfare S 3 SH
The field of social work; brief history of the development of social work; analysis of social case work, goal-oriented processes and the community organization role of the social worker. Students will be involved in a community service project and/or service that incorporates a selected aspect of social work and welfare. Prerequisite: Sophomore status.
SOCY 400 Sociology of Sport S 3 SH
This course acquaints students with the nature of sport as a reflector and transmitter of values as well as a number of issues raised by the nature of sports in our society. Topics include: sport as a business; attitudinal components of sport participation; sport and the mass media; deviant behavior in sport; violence in sport; women in sport; and the black athlete. (Cross-listed as SMGT 400.) Prerequisite: SOCY 301.
SOCY 406 Gerontology F 3 SH
The physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging; problems of aging including societal attitudes toward aging, economic problems, family relationships, and retirement; public policy for an aging population. Students will also integrate class knowledge into innovative projects to organizations that service aging individuals. Prerequisite: Sophomore status.
SOCY 408 Social Theory S 3 SH
A survey of the classical theories which form the basis of sociology as well as a variety of contemporary sociological theories. This course provides an overview of the development of sociology as a science and includes an analysis of the critical differences in the assumptions and foci of major theoretical orientations. Prerequisites: SOCY 301 and Junior status.
SOCY 420 Medical Sociology F 3 SH
A sociological analysis of health and illness. Emphasis is given to the complex relationship between social factors and health characteristics of various groups and societies. The most current issues, debates and findings in the health field will be identified.
SOCY 425 Sociology of Death and Dying S 3 SH
Dying is a process of life that no one escapes. Socioeconomic factors of the living and those dying, spirituality, expected versus unexpected death, euthanasia, and the death and grieving process will be investigated. Through interaction with death professionals in the community students will be trained to deal with patients and family of patients who are in this complicated and emotional agendum.
SOCY 450 Race and Ethnic Relations F 3 SH
Students examine the meaning of minority group status and how this position affects the lives of various minority groups. Classroom exercises emphasize the characteristics of prejudice and discrimination and how the structure of American society perpetuates inequalities. Strategies for social equality are discussed. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of the instructor.
SOCY 504 (WI) Research Methods F 3 SH
This course provides an introduction to basic procedures and techniques used in social research including field observation, interviewing, unobtrusive methods, secondary analysis, survey research, experimentation, and evaluation research. Emphasis is placed on the integration of research methods and statistical analyses. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: PSYC 222 or its equivalent.
SOCY 550 Internship in Community Service UD 3 SH
Students are provided with an opportunity to develop skills in human services in a variety of community settings through field placement. This hands-on experience integrates practical experience with classroom knowledge. A weekly seminar with a faculty member provides guidance and evaluation of the learning experience. Prerequisites: Senior Status and approval by the Department Chair.

Sociology Career Information


The American Sociological Association (ASA) is:

  • A non-profit membership association based in Washington, DC
  • Dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good
  • 100 years old in 2005 (founded in 1905)
  • An association of over 14,000 members
  • Home to 44 special interest sections with more than 21,000 members
  • Host of an annual meeting with more than 6,000 participants
  • Publisher of 10 professional journals and magazines

Our Members include:

  • College and university faculty
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Practitioners

About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.


Sociology (SOCY)

Sociology is the study of human behavior, analyzing individuals, groups, organizations, cultures and societies. A goal of sociology is to have students understand how their lives are influenced by the social forces around them through critical analyses.

Students minoring in Sociology can find a broad range of professional opportunities available to them including positions in government, social services, education, law enforcement and business and industry. The minor in Sociology offers a variety of courses in the discipline.


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Sociology - Minor Requirements

18 Semester Hours Minimum
Required Courses (9 SH)
SOCY 201 Introduction to Sociology    
SOCY 204 Social Problems    
SOCY 504 Research Methods    
The remainder of the required 18 hours for the Minor can be fulfilled from any sociology course listed below or from the following group of selected electives:
CRIM 204 Juvenile Justice PSYC 225 Social Psychology
CRIM 205 Introduction to Criminology PSYC 226 Abnormal Psychology
CRIM 220 Ethics in Criminal Justice PSYC 420 Group Processes