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Sociology Major and Minor

Sociology is concerned with the development of knowledge about human social behavior. The human group is the primary unit of analysis and since groups vary in size from a two-person friendship to nations interacting, sociology is a very comprehensive discipline. In periods of rapid social and cultural change, such as the present, sociology is particularly important as a tool for describing and analyzing emergent social problems and social movements.

Sociology Major

A bachelor of arts degree in sociology requires 33 credits. Majors must take the core courses:

  • SOC 100, 245, 300, 307, 403, 404 and 498

  • 4 Elective courses (3 credits each)

The four additional elective courses will be chosen in close consultation with a faculty advisor. Elective courses may be sociology and/or criminal justice, and are selected based on what is most appropriate to the student's need.

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Sociology Minor

Sociology minors must obtain a minimum of 19 credits, which may include credits received for core courses. Additional electives should be selected in consultation with advisors and are subject to the approval of the chair of the department. Minor courses include:

  • SOC 100

  • 5 sociology courses, at least three of which should be at the 300- or 400-level.

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Double Major in Sociology / Criminal Justice

A bachelor of arts degree in sociology and criminal justice requires 57 credits. Double major requirements are:

  • SOC 100, 106, 300, 307, 403, 404 and 498

  • CJUST 110, 115, 317, 318

  • 3 CJUST electives plus 4 SOC electives.

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Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.

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