Catalog 2012-2013


253.535.7595 (Sociology) 

Sociology is a social science that examines the processes and structures which shape social groups of all sizes, including families, workplaces, and nations. The study of sociology provides students with unique analytical tools for understanding themselves and others in a changing world. Sociology has broad appeal to those who are interested in developing skills in research, critical thinking, and writing. Some of the practical pursuits enabled by sociological training are in the areas of program development, counseling, research, criminal justice, management, and marketing. The academic preparation is especially valuable to those interested in pursuing degrees in law, public administration, social work, or any of the social sciences.

The Sociology curriculum is especially suited to accommodate special interests. Students may pick from among a variety of electives to complete their degree or concentrate their electives in topics of particular interest to them, Family/Gender, Crime/Deviance, or Inequality. Students may opt to complete academic internships as part of their elective coursework within the major. Students majoring in social work, business, nursing, education, and psychology find the sociology minor particularly useful for broadening their understanding of social rules and relationships, programs and solutions, and continuity and change.


General Major
40 semester hours, including:

  • SOCI 101, 232, 240 or 296, 330 or 336, 413 or 440, 496, 499, STAT 233
  • Plus: 8 semester hours of SOCI electives

Requirements for those majoring in both sociology and social work
80 semester hours including:

  • SOCW 245, 250, 350, 360, 460, 465, 475, 476, 485, 486, and 499
  • SOCI 101, 232, 496, 499
  • 16 elective credits (recommended courses include: SOCI 240, 296 and 330)
  • STAT 233 for Sociology and Social Work majors
  • BIOL 111 and PSYC 101

20 semester hours, including:

  • SOCI 101
  • 16 semester hours of sociology chosen in consultation with the department
  • STAT 233 may be included in the minor
  • Sociology minors are required to attain a minimum grade of C- in sociology classes

Continuation Policy

To remain in the major, students must: maintain a minimum 2.50 overall grade point average, and maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average in sociology courses.

Transfer Student Policy

The department accepts, for transfer credit from another college or university, only those courses equivalent to SOCI 101 (Introduction to Sociology) and SOCI 240 (Social Problems). If students wish to have additional courses considered for transfer to either their major or minor requirements, they must first meet with the department chair. The student should bring to this initial meeting the following:

  • College/university transcripts
  • College catalogs
  • Course syllabi and other supporting materials (from the term when the course was completed)
  • Completed coursework (exams, papers)
Declared majors/minors will be required to fill out one petition per transfer course.


Departmental honors are awarded by vote of the sociology faculty to outstanding majors. Criteria for selection include a high grade point average, election to Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, and exceptional performance in senior seminar. The departmental honors designation will appear on the transcript of a student graduating with a sociology major.

Prerequisite Note: SOCI 101 or consent of instructor is prerequisite to all 300- and 400-level courses.