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Western Kentucky University

Major in Sociology for Undergraduate Students

General Sociology Major

(without concentration)

The program is designed to further awareness and understanding of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, organizations, societies, and various cultures. Completion provides a broad background for students pursuing a variety of careers by helping them develop valuable skills.

Required (16 hours)

SOCL 100 Introductory Sociology *

SOCL 210* OR SOCL 240*

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology*

SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research*

SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society*

SOCL 499 Senior Seminar

Electives (15 hours)

SOCL 210 Interaction Self and Society*

SOCL 376 Sociology of Globalization

SOCL 220 Marriage & Family*

CRIM 380 Penology*

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 402 Evaluation Research Tech.

SOCL 245 Sociology of Popular Culture

SOCL 404 Qualitative Research Methods

SOCL 260 Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCL 408 Survey Applications

SOCL 270 Intro. to Comm., Environment, & Development        

SOCL 410 Socialization

SOCL 309 Social Deviance*

CRIM 432 Sociology of Criminal Law

SOCL 310 Behavior in Small Groups

CRIM 434 Organized Crime

SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements

SOCL 435 Family Violence

SOCL 322 Religion in Society*

CRIM 438 Victimology*

SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport*

SOCL 440 Medical Sociology

CRIM 330 Criminology*

SOCL 442 Sociology Research Project

CRIM 332 Juvenile Delinquency*

CRIM 446 Gender, Crime & Justice

SOCL 342 Aging in Society*

SOCL 450 Occupations & Professions*

SOCL 345 Sociology of  Popular Music

CRIM 451 White Collar Crime

SOCL 346 Special Topics

SOCL 452 Social Change

SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality

SOCL 455 Theory & Practice of Comm. Development

SOCL 352 Technology, Work & Society*

SOCL 466 Gender, Family & Society

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender

SOCL 470 Environmental Sociology

SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society

SOCL 480 Sociology of Agri-Foods Systems

SOCL 360 The Community in Rural & Urban Settings*

SOCL 489 Sociology Study Abroad

CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime

SOCL 494 Internship in Sociology*

SOCL 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class & Gender *

SOCL 495 Directed Study

SOCL 363 Population, Society, & Development

SOCL 496 Directed Study

SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society*

Contact: Dr. Douglas Smith, Department Head
270.745.3759 douglas.smith@wku.edu
http://www.wku.edu/sociology
*Available by correspondence. Contact: WKU office of Independent Learning, Garrett Conference Center Room 101 270.745.4158.

 

 

Sociology Major with Concentration

The Sociology Major may also be taken with a concentration in one of four areas.

Required (All Concentrations)

SOCL 100 Introductory Sociology*

Any SOCL 200 Course

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology*

SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research*

SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society*

SOCL 499 Senior Seminar

1. Sociology Major With Concentration in Inequality and Social Change (SISC)

Select 1 from the following:

SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality

SOCL 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class & Gender*

Select 3 Courses from the following:

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 260 Race and Ethic Relations

SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender

CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime

SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society*

SOCL 440 Medical Sociology

CRIM 449 Gender, Crime, & Justice

SOCL 452 Social Change

SOCL 466 Gender, Family, & Society

Select 1 non-duplicative course from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

2. Sociology Major With Concentration in Research   Methods (SORM)

Required:

SOCL 404 Qualitative Research Methods

Select 2 Courses from the following:

SOCL 402 Evaluation Research Techniques

SOCL 408 Survey Applications

ANTH/FLK 399 Field Methods in Ethnography

ECON 465 Regression Econometrics

GEOG 316 Fundamentals of Geographic Information

Systems

STAT 330 Introduction to Statistical Software

Select 2 courses from the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

3. Sociology Major With Concentration in Community, Environment, &   Development (SCED)

Required:

SOCL 270 Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development

Select 3 Courses from the following:

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*

SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements

SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality

SOCL 360 The Community in Rural & Urban Settings*

SOCL 363 Population, Society, & Development

SOCL 376 Sociology of Globalization

SOCL 452 Social Change

SOCL 455 Theory & Practice of Community Development

SOCL 470 Environmental Sociology

SOCL 480 Sociology of Agri-Food Systems

Select 1 non-duplicative course from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

4. Sociology Major With Concentration in Family,   Gender, & Sexuality (SFGS)

Required:

SOCL 220 Marriage & Family*

Select 3 Courses from the following:

SOCL 342 Aging in Society *

SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender

SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society

SOCL 362 Race, Class, & Gender*

SOCL 410 Socialization

SOCL 435 Family Violence

CRIM 446 Gender, Crime, & Justice

SOCL 466 Gender, Family, & Society

Select 1 non-duplicative course from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociolgy list.

 

 

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