Sociology Minor

Minor Requirements

21 credit hours

Complete the following:

An introduction to the study of society, including the study of the shared relationships that create social organization and social processes of society. Required for sociology majors and for admission into the social work major.
Examines the nature, causes, and consequences of inequality in society. An understanding of how social resources are distributed, and the resulting distribution of life chances, is central to understanding the fundamental bases of social order and social organization. This course takes a sociological approach to the study of inequality in which we argue that inequality is a characteristic of societies, not individuals.
A critical study of major social philosophers from Comte to the present. Required for sociology majors. (Identical to SOCI 373) Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or PHIL 150 Introduction to Philosophy.

Choose one of the following:

A study of how societies construct gender similarities and differences. The impact of gender upon individuals and social institutions, and the implications of a sociological understanding of gender for the Christian faith will be explored.
Explores socio-historic contexts, sources, and patterns related to social change, such as globalization, social movements, technological innovation, economic and political forces. Gives attention to understanding the role of individuals and groups in social change; moving toward a reflective, informed way of thinking and living as thoughtful Christians committed to justice.
A study of the historical and socioeconomic factors experienced and lived by people of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds in the United States. Specific attention is placed on the social construction of race, social attitudes and past and present racial issues. Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or instructor's permission.

Choose 9 semester hours from the following:

A study of how societies construct gender similarities and differences. The impact of gender upon individuals and social institutions, and the implications of a sociological understanding of gender for the Christian faith will be explored.
A study of marriage and the family from a sociological perspective, including historical, cross-cultural, and economic backgrounds. A Christian faith perspective will emphasize the worth of people, the importance of the family as a place of nurture, and the gift of marriage. (Identical to HLTH 223.)
A comparative study of world societies and their ways of life.
An introduction to the study of deviance and criminology, including theoretical and paradigms and research.
A study of the causes and nature of juvenile delinquency, the development of the juvenile court, probation, and other rehabilitative programs. Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology and SOCI 331 Crime and Deviance, or instructor's permission.
Applied statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on statistical logic and decision making. Recommended for the sophomore or junior year. Required for sociology and social work majors. (Identical to SWRK 340) Prerequisites: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology and high school algebra.
A study of the historical and socioeconomic factors experienced and lived by people of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds in the United States. Specific attention is placed on the social construction of race, social attitudes and past and present racial issues. Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or instructor's permission.
An overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Students will design a research project. Required for sociology and social work majors. Prerequisites: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology, SOCI 373 Social Theory, and SOCI 340 Statistical Procedures or PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures.
Supervised experiences in private and public social agencies. Students may opt for 3 hours of SOCI 475 Internship as part of their concentration, or 3 hours of SOCI 475 Internship as an elective in the major. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisites: upper-division majors and by permission.