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Sociology Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Sociology Major.

Courses Credits  
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 Info

A basic course introducing the student to the concepts, theories, and methods employed in an objective scientific analysis of society, culture, social institutions and organizations, social control, deviancy, and social factors involved in personality development.

SOCI 202 Statistics 3 Info

A study of basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include graphic representations, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, and various significant tests of relationship, including measures of association, correlation, linear relationship, and means tests. This course includes an introduction to multivariate statistics and non-parametrics. Cross listed with PSY 202. Meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

SOC 210 Reasearch Methods 3 Info

A study of problem formulation, data collection, data analysis including descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, and research report writing. Includes two or more applied projects, usually in collaboration with the entire class or with a group, and the development of a publication ready research paper.

SOC 271 Professional Seminar I 1 Info

This course provides students with a seminar experience (typically a one-day retreat), and a small number of class sessions with individual appointments with the instructor, for the purpose of helping the student create the foundation for a successful professional future. Requirements include the completion of an updated resume, two professional interviews, attendance at a professional conference, service hours, and a student success plan, all included in a well-organized portfolio. Ideally this course should be taken during the fall semester of the sophomore or junior year. Cross listed with SWK 271, CRJ 271.

SOC 371 Professional Seminar II 1 Info

This course begins with requirements similar to those in SOC 271, but assignments are at a higher stage of development. Additionally, each student is required to produce one of two professional products. One option would be to write an academic paper which will be submitted to a journal or professional organization, and the other would be to complete an applied leadership project which demonstrates significant and innovative leadership with a campus or community organization, including the implementation and presentation of a successful applied idea, innovation, or intervention, tailor-made to that organization. Typically taken during the fall semester of the junior or senior year. Cross listed with SWK 371, CRJ 371.

SOC 380 Social Theory 3 (WI) Info

The development of major schools of social thought, major social theorists and their distinctive contributions to the understanding of society, culture, and modernity, are considered and analyzed. Requires three or four major papers which focus, respectively, on social philosophers of antiquity, the major founders of sociological theory, modern social theories and theoretical trends, and everyday applications of social theory. Also covers how to write a "literature review" for a research paper. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

SOC 390 Individual Readings 1-3 Info

Selected readings in an area not covered by course offerings, often in the general topic area of the chosen senior project. Annotated bibliography, reading notes, and a comprehensive research are paper required. Cross listed with CRJ 390 and SWK 390.

SOC 405 Practicum Variable Info

Each student must successfully complete one or more practicum experiences, totaling at least three hours of academic credit, where 40 clock hours on location equals on hour of credit. Ideally, each practicum should be based at a community organization such as a government office, business, school, church, health clinic, etc., which specializes in supervision or human services. Ideally, an on-site supervisor with a graduate degree will supervise the student's practicum.

SOC 471 Professional Seminar III 2 Info

This course provides students with a capstone experience in the department, and links all academic and extra-curricular experiences at Greenville College with the students' occupational and service-oriented future. Requirements include updating the academic portfolio, including academic resumes, and completion of an oral exam and research-based senior project. The senior project includes a paper and a publicized oral report. Must be completed during the spring semester of the senior year. Cross listed with CRJ 371 and SWK 371.

SOC 489 Departmental Honors Research 0-2 Info
No Description Available.

Available Emphases

Anthropology & Cultural Studies

This emphasis includes classes in diversity and humanity as well as a cross-cultural travel requirement.

Family Studies

This emphasis includes classes focused on current society, marriage and family, and human sexuality.

Organizations & Leadership

This emphasis includes classes in the study of social organizations as well as different policies and agencies.

Urban Studies & Community Development

This emphasis includes classes that are focused on understanding cities and community development.

Career Opportunities

  • Social Services Agent
  • Anthropologist
  • Human Services Employee
  • Counselor
  • Non-Profit Organization Worker
  • Community Developer
  • Social Researcher