Majors & Minors
Criminal Justice Major
The criminal justice major provides a general orientation to society and social processes (similar to that provided by sociology), but also includes a focused study of deviance, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. Course offerings leading to a major in criminal justice are open to students interested in a professional career or those planning to enter graduate school. Non-majors interested in the general area of deviance or criminology are encouraged to take courses in this major, provided they possess the stated prerequisites or comparable background.
Social Work Major
Course offerings leading to a major in social work are open to students interested in a professional career or those planning to enter graduate school. Non-majors interested in the general area of social work are encouraged to study in this discipline, provided they possess the stated prerequisites or have the necessary background.
Sociology is the study of society, human groups, and social behavior. Coursework in sociology is designed to help students develop curiosity, insight, and an understanding of human social behavior and patterns of interactions. Like all social sciences, sociology uses methods of scientific observation and reasoning. It is perhaps the best academic discipline for studying the rapid and pervasive social changes which are re-shaping our modern world.
Anthropology & Cultural Studies Emphasis:
This emphasis includes classes in diversity and humanity as well as a cross-cultural travel requirement.
Family Studies Emphasis:
This emphasis includes classes focused on current society, marriage and family, and human sexuality.
Organizations & Leadership Emphasis:
This emphasis includes classes in the study of social organizations as well as different policies and agencies.
Urban Studies & Community Development Emphasis:
This emphasis includes classes that are focused on understanding cities and community development.
Forensics minor consists of 19-20 credits.
Sociology lays a solid foundation for specialized study in other related fields such as psychology, economics, education, history, and the many areas of business. Professors make course work relevant to your daily life. Classroom knowledge is integrated with your practical learning through actual research, presentation of your papers at sociology gatherings and through experiences in the community.
The Sociology minor requires 18 credit hours, 8 of which must be upper division credits. Sociology 101 is required.
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