Sociology is the systematic study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology covers a wide range of subjects including family, crime, religion, race, social class, culture, work, health, and sports. In fact, few fields of study have such a broad scope and wide relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge as sociology, and few majors offer their students a more diverse range of career opportunities.

The Sociology major is designed to provide a liberal arts foundation for embarking upon a wide range of career paths including those in human services and in business and industry. Sociology majors who enter human services work with youths at risk, elderly persons, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system. Those who enter the business world work in sales, marketing, customer relations, and human resources. For students who plan to further their education, a major in Sociology prepares them for graduate studies in law, business, education, counseling, medicine, politics, public administration, social work, or criminology. In addition, the solid base sociology majors receive in research design, data analysis, and sociological concepts gives them a competitive edge in today's information society.

The sociology major requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of coursework in sociology. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in sociology courses for them to be credited toward the major. Majors must complete the following required Sociology courses: SOC 230, 232, 236, 332, 339, 433, 434, and SSCJ 333, 334 and 440. Three electives in Sociology must be selected from SOC 330, 331, 335, 336, 337, 338, 430, 431, 432, 435, 436, 437, 438, and 439.

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