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 program in Religion and Philosophy is designed in structure, content, and purpose to expose the pre-theological student to the basic concepts, the implications, and the interrelationships of religion and philosophy, so that they form an integral part of the human drama and the quest for meaning.
The purpose of the psychology major is to provide students with an understanding of psychology as a major discipline in the scientific study of human behavior. Psychology focuses on the development of personality, ethnic identity, interpersonal perception and interaction. Students are exposed to research methodology and develop skills in analytical reasoning. Students are also provided with courses designed to familiarize them with careers in psychology, including clinical and medical fields. The psychology major reqires a minium of 36 semester hours of coursework.
The program in Political Science is designed to provide majors with both basic and advanced courses in the discipline leading to a baccalaureate degree. The primary objective of the program in Political Science is to equip the majors, by the time of their graduation, with skills that will enable them to enter law school and to be employed by the local, state, and national government or related agencies.
This program is designed to give students a background in the development of human ideas, attitudes, and institutions. Students may acquire a degree in this area by pursuing the program of study in History. History majors are required to take the following courses: Hist 131, 132, 231, 232, 334, 335, or 336, 337 or 338, 440, and two history electives from 331, 430, 431, 434, 435, 439. Soc 334, Research Methods, may be substituted for History 334.
The Criminal Justice program is broad-based and designed to equip the baccalaureate graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in those areas directly or indirectly involved in the administration of justice.
The curriculum presents a systematic approach to the agencies, people, and processes involved in the American system of justice and, therefore, provides as well a firm foundation for those students wishing to pursue graduate studies.