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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology (B.S.)

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Bulletin/Catalog Year 2017-2018

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Department of Sociology

Location: McCord Bldg., Room 205
Phone: 931-221-7540


Description of Major

Sociology is the systematic study of society in all of its forms ranging from the interaction of individuals to the dynamics of large organizations. The sociology major emphasizes the theoretical and applied aspects of the field of sociology. Applied Sociology is the use of sociological theories and methods to analyze and address personal, structural, and societal issues that exist in our everyday lives. Students majoring in sociology will be able to apply a sociological perspective in a wide variety of careers in such sectors as business, healthcare administration, criminal justice, social services, and government. Since the discipline involves investigative skills and working with diverse groups, sociology also provides a valuable foundation for careers in journalism, education, politics, public relations, business, or public administration. Students majoring in sociology are provided the necessary  preparation to pursue future graduate work in the social sciences ranging from the M.A. to the Ph.D. and the ASPU Department of Sociology has a strong track record for placing undergraduates in top graduate programs in sociology and related social science disciplines.  All sociology majors are required to complete a departmental exit exam during the semester preceding graduation. 

General Education Core

  Credit Hours
see Common Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1

Major Requirements that Satisfy General Education Core

Sociology majors are required to complete both MATH 1530  and SOC 1010 , both courses are included in the general education core and satisfy general education core requirements in the areas of mathematics and the social and behavioral sciences, respectively. MATH 1530  is a prerequisite to SOC 3770 - Social Statistics  and SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology  is a required course for all majors.

Earning a “C” or higher in SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology  is a prerequisite for SOC 3760 - Methods of Social Research  SOC 3770 - Social Statistics , and SOC 4000 - Sociological Theory .   MATH 1530 - Elements of Statistics  is a prerequisite for SOC 3770 - Social Statistics .

SOC 3760 - Methods of Social Research , and SOC 4000 - Sociological Theory   are prerequisites for SOC 4910 - Senior Capstone  SOC 3770 - Social Statistics  can be either a prerequisite or a co-requisite for SOC 4910 - Senior Capstone .

Major Core Requirements

Total Hours 31

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Total Hours 24

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Total Program Hours 120

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