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Western Kentucky University

Undergraduate Program in Sociology

Our Undergraduate Program

We offer coursework for those of you who are pursuing a variety of careers. Our students have practice in many skills most desired by today's employers including the ability to communicate effectively and promote teamwork, to frame and solve problems realistically, to plan and evaluate projects and programs, to prepare clear and concise reports and manuals, and to speak effectively in varied group situations.

Major in Sociology

A major in sociology (775) leads to a bachelor of arts degree and requires a minimum of ten courses (31 semester hours) in sociology including six required courses. A student works closely with an advisor to develop an individualized program to fit his or her personal interests and career goals. Some students choose to sample a variety of topics, while others prefer to focus on a particular area of study. Examples of topical areas include social psychology, research methods and evaluation, and criminology and deviance.

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Minor in Sociology

The minor in sociology (461) requires a minimum of seven courses (21 semester hours) including four required courses.

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Major in Criminology

The criminology major will provide students with a detailed understanding of the nature of criminal offending, victimization and how society responds to crime. The major will give students the skill sets necessary for a variety of vocations, including occupations within the criminal justice system, social services, non-profit, governmental and public and private research agencies at the local, state, national or international level. The major in criminology requires 34 credit hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who major in criminology must declare a minor or a second major. However, students may not double major in criminology and sociology, but students majoring in criminology are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor in sociology.

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Minor in Criminology

Students interested in careers in sociology, criminal justice, government service or social work often find a criminology minor to be academically and professional rewarding. It requires a minimum of seven courses (21 semester hours) including four required courses. (342)

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Minor in Sexuality Studies

The minor in Sexuality Studies (reference number 454) requires a minimum of 18 semester hours, including three required courses: PSY 482, PH 365, and SOCL 359. The minor in Sexuality Studies is a cross-disciplinary exploration of human sexuality.  Students who complete the minor gain a better understanding of human sexuality and acquire valuable background knowledge applicable to a wide variety of humanities and social science fields, and to careers in education, counseling, social work, social service agencies, and public health.

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Contact Information 

Our department is located on the first floor of Grise Hall in Offices 100 & 101. Please contact our office associate at (270) 745-2150 or our student workers at (270) 745-3759 if you have any questions!

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Hours of Operation 

Academic Year

       Monday-Friday 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.

       Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

Summer

       Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-3:00p.m.

       Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

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Faculty Tenure & Promotion Guidelines (view)

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