• Sociology 

    The Sociology Department strives to help its students develop insights about the workings of the social world and the influence of social structure. Its goal involves not just understanding the world, but working to change it. The departmental curriculum aims to help students uncover root causes of social problems and refine their personal understanding of social responsibility and economic justice. The department embraces the goals of personal, community, and global citizenship. Ultimately, the department strives to provide guidance and teaching designed to help students live better lives in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

    As a department engaged in public sociology, faculty strive to teach in ways that stress critical thinking joined with action, to advise and mentor students to prepare for lifelong learning and meaningful careers, to encourage students and faculty to collaborate with peers and partners in the community and contribute to the field, and to engage in service to prepare sociology majors to act in complex settings at home and at work, in their communities, and the world. The department encourages majors and minors to participate in study away/study abroad activities.

    Admission Requirements
    Admission to the Sociology major is based on maintaining acceptable grades in the general foundation requirements and interest in the field of sociology. Interested persons may contact the chair of the Sociology Department for further information. Upon admission, each major is assigned an advisor and receives an orientation in sociology.
    Requirements for a Major in Sociology: 30 credits including:

    • SO 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SO 270 Social Theory I
    • SO 275 Social and Behavioral Statistics
    • SO 280 Research Methods of Sociology
    • A maximum of two courses at the 100 level
    • A minimum of three courses at the 300- and/or 400-level

    All courses taken beyond the minimum requirements will be credited as electives.
    Requirements for a Minor
    : 18 credits including:

    • SO 100 Introduction to Sociology or
    • SO 200 Contemporary Social Problems

    All prerequisites for 300- and 400-level courses must be met if the student wishes to elect courses at these levels.
    4+1 Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Master of Science in Nonprofit Management
    Through a combined 4+1 Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program of studies, it is possible for motivated full-time students who are sociology majors to complete a 5-year program leading to degrees including both a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in nonprofit management.

    Students who have completed 90 undergraduate credits may apply for admission into the 4+1 B.S./M.S. program if they have an overall GPA of not less than 3.0 and a major GPA of not less than 3.25. Students are also required to complete an undergraduate internship, independent study, or capstone project that incorporates work with a community-based organization as part of their undergraduate work. Students must meet all other requirements for admission to the master's degree in nonprofit management. The GRE requirement is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.

    In order to complete the joint degree, in the final year of their bachelor's work, students take 3 graduate level courses (9-11 credits), which are counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. These graduate credits are included in the undergraduate tuition of full-time state supported students. Students must also take at least 1 summer class between the spring of their B.S. graduation and the fall in which they embark on full-time graduate studies. Taking the graduate credits as an undergraduate and the summer class allows students to complete course requirements for the bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years (60 months). Visit the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program web page to learn more.

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