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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019

Sociology Major, BA


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Program Description

Sociology is the study of human society and social behavior. Thus, the sociology program intellectually opens the doors of society, allowing students to see what goes on behind them and revealing ways in which our society and the groups to which we belong influence our attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and world view. Sociology majors obtain valuable insight into social relations in any social context and develop their conceptual and critical thinking skills to understand issues of diversity, social control, social institutions, inequality, social policy and socio-cultural change.

Being a sociology major at Winston-Salem State means reading, writing, working with others in a supportive academic environment, both inside and outside the classroom. It means doing research, developing communication skills, and thinking critically about issues that affect us all. All of these skills and experiences will serve a graduate well in all types of work, including graduate school.

Sociology majors are people who like to learn, to think, and to talk about the world we all live in - how things work, why they work the way they do, and how they might be changed for the better. They are curious about different people’s perceptions, different cultures, and different ideas about why people do the things they do.

 

A Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology will lead to career opportunities in the criminal justice system, social services, government, or business. It will also serve as preparation for graduate study in sociology, other social sciences or professions, such as social work, counseling, education, or law.

Program Mission

 The Sociology program employs an applied emphasis to provide theoretical and practical experiences preparing students to 1) enter graduate or professional school or 2) attain entry-level employment in non-academic settings. The program also serves the university’s general education component, helping provide non-majors with experiences essential to a liberal arts education. Sociology contributes to student understanding of society and social behavior, encourages critical thinking, and helps develop communication skills.

Program Goals

1.    To provide students with a broad background in sociology for a greater understanding of interrelationships in human society and for effective participation in a variety of occupations.

2.    To prepare students to be creative problem solvers, using critical thinking and communication skills.

3.    To prepare students for continued studies on the graduate and professional levels.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the major, the student will be able to:

  1. Participate effectively in professions and business.
  2. Demonstrate a greater understanding of interrelationships in human society.
  3. Creatively solve problems, using critical thinking and communication skills.
  4. Continue studies on the graduate or professional level.

   

Major Requirements

Students who major in Sociology must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to enter the program. Although the student is chiefly responsible for completing the 120-semester-hour curriculum, students will be advised by the Sociology program faculty to ensure that each student matriculates through the curriculum within the university-targeted four- to five-year time period. Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor by the student’s last name. The student and advisor must meet a minimum of twice during the academic year to ensure sequential selection of courses and to avoid delays in the student completing the major in Sociology.

Required Courses

Sociology majors must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

SOC 2301 General Sociology OR SOC 2302 Health & Society: General Sociology

SOC 2326 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (or MAT 2326 or PSY 2326)

SOC 3342 Sociological Theory

SOC 3352 Methods of Social Research

SOC 4401 Senior Seminar

 

Sociology majors are required to take the following five courses (16 hours), the first four of which are prerequisites for Senior Seminar:

SOC 2301 General Sociology OR SOC 2302 Health & Society: General Sociology

SOC/PSY/MAT 2326 Statistics

SOC 3342 Sociological Theory

SOC 3352 Methods of Social Research

SOC 4401 Senior Seminar

Majors are required to take 24 hours in one of the following tracks, plus 6 hours of SOC electives. The electives may be in either track or any other six hours of sociology

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS                                                         

SOC 2356 Sociology of the Family

SOC 3304 Social Gerontology

SOC 3315 Medical Sociology

SOC 3354 Sociology of Mental Illness

SOC 3307 Social Psychology

SOC 3320 Society & Public Health                

SOC 3323 Population Problems & Human Ecology

SOC 3350 Human Sexuality           

SOC 4356 Special Problems Seminar in Sociology

SOC 4360 Internship in Sociology

 

SOCIAL INEQUALITY

SOC 2341 Sociology of Religion

SOC 2336 Social Problems 

SOC 2356 Sociology of the Family

SOC 3347 Deviant Behavior

SOC 3344 Sex, Gender, and Feminist Thought

SOC 3350 Human Sexuality

SOC 4311 Sociology of the African American

SOC 4317 Urban Communities

SOC 4333 Social Stratification

SOC 4364 Race and Culture

SOC 4356 Special Problems Seminar in Sociology

SOC 4360 Internship in Sociology

 

Total semester hours in Sociology = 46, with a grade of “C” or higher in each course.

Additional elective hours in any discipline must bring the total credits earned to at least 120 semester hours.

A minor in another discipline is not required.

 

Minor Program in Sociology

A minimum of 18 semester hours in Sociology with a grade of C or better in each course is required for a minor in this field. The following courses are required:

·         General Sociology or Health & Society: General Sociology

·         Elementary Statistics (*waived for students whose major requires a statistics course)

·         Social Theory

·         Methods of Social Research (**waived for students whose major requires a social/behavioral science research methods course)

General Sociology (SOC 2301) or Health & Society: General Sociology (SOC 2302) is prerequisite to all 3000- and 4000-level courses in sociology. 

Sociology electives must be completed to bring the total semester hours in Sociology to 18.
Students for whom one or two required courses are waived must complete three hours of Sociology for each course that is waived.        

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