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Department of Sociology
108 Ravine Pkwy.
Oneonta, NY, 13820

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Sociology Department Programs

 
 

Programs: Majors, Tracks, and Minors

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The Department of Sociology offers several tracks within the major for students interested in Sociology. These included the Human Services Pre-Professional Track, the Liberal Arts Track, and the Community and Environment Track. In addition our department offers majors in Criminal Justice and Gerontology. In addition we offer minors in Sociology, Community and Environment, Criminal Justice, and Gerontology. Each major, minor, and track is designed to provide the student with a well rounded education that emphasizes the importance of critical thought and intellectual growth. The programs are also designed with the student's future goals in mind.

We currently offer the following programs:

To find information about specific courses, click the links found throughout this page, or else go directly to the courses page. General course and program information can be found in the course catalog. Please note, there may be inconsistencies between the course catalog, department brochures, and this website, and if you find them, please contact us to help us clarify--generally, this website should reflect the most updated and accurate information.

Sociology Major-Liberal Arts Track

Why Sociology at SUNY Oneonta?

Overview: A traditional Sociology program with a liberal arts focus. Interested in social change and activism? Research maybe? Or simply looking for a solid education with versatility for down the road? This is our oldest and most versatile major.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers both a major and a minor as part of a traditional liberal arts education. A liberal arts degree is perfect for those seeking a general degree program with a broad span of knowledge. Not only is a liberal arts degree flexible in its pursuit of general sociological knowledge, but it offers a wide array of choices for the future employment and study. The liberal arts program can be enhanced through student participation in research and internship opportunities.

Core Requirements: (12 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 313 Theories and Perspectives (pre-reqs: JrS and 3 s.h. 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 390 Senior Seminar in Sociology (pre-reqs: 18 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.

Note: All core courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better; Students may take SOCL 390 more than once for credit if the seminar topic is different.

Major Related: (3 s.h.)
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics (pre-reqs: Regents Course III or Course B or MATH 104), 3 s.h.

Sociology Electives: (18 s.h.)
Select at least six courses (18 s.h.) from the remaining list of sociology courses. At least 12 s.h. must be at the 200-level or above.

Total: 33 s.h.

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Sociology Minor

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Overview: A traditional Sociology program with a liberal arts focus. Interested in social change and activism? Research maybe? Or simply looking for a solid education with versatility for down the road? This is our oldest and most versatile minor.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers both a major and a minor as part of a traditional liberal arts education. A liberal arts degree is perfect for those seeking a general degree program with a broad span of knowledge. Not only is a liberal arts degree flexible in its pursuit of general sociological knowledge, but it offers a wide array of choices for the future employment and study.

The liberal arts program can be enhanced through student participation in research and internship opportunities.

Core Requirements: (9 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 313 Theories and Perspectives (pre-reqs: JrS and 3 s.h. 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.

Note: All core courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better

Sociology Electives: (9 s.h.)
Select at least three courses (9 s.h.) from the remaining list of sociology courses. SOCL 397 can be taken for a maximum of 3 s.h.

Total: 18 s.h.

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Sociology Major-Pre-Professional Human Services Track

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Overview: A Sociology major with an interdisciplinary twist oriented toward those who wish to work in Human Services or continue their education with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree. A good pre-professional choice.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers a human services concentration within the sociology major for those who wish to pursue employment in human services and as preparation for degree programs leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. The human services concentration is a preprofessional degree that is highly interdisciplinary and more specialized. The program require the completion of an internship. Human Services professionals may apply for a waiver from this requirement.

Core Requirements: (9 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 313 Theories and Perspectives (pre-reqs: JrS and 3 s.h. 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.

Note: All core courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better

Field Experience Requirement: (0-6 s.h.)
SOCL 397 Field Experiences in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 3 s.h.
OR Prior Experience Waiver

Major Related Requirements: (6 s.h.)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (no pre-reqs) (minimum grade of “C” required for additional courses in psychology), 3 s.h.
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics (pre-reqs: Regents Course III or Course B or MATH 104), 3 s.h.

Choose two of the following: (6 s.h.)
PSYC 240 Developmental Psychology (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
OR EPSY 240 Child Growth and Development (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.

PSYC 260 Introduction to Social Psychology (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 270 Personality Theory (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.

Electives: (18 s.h.)
Choose 18 s.h. (at least 12 s.h. at 200-level or above) from remaining SOCL courses not listed as core requirements; a minimum of 12 of 18 s.h. must be in Sociology (SOCL 397 may not be used to fulfill this requirement). Remaining courses can be from PSYC requirement courses not used above, and from the following list:

ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 3 s.h.
ANTH 214 Psychological Anthropology (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
ANTH 325 Applied Anthropology (pre-reqs: SoS and ANTH 100, 130, or 140), 3 s.h.
ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
EPSY 234 Learning Disabilities (pre-reqs: EPSY 229), 3 s.h.
EPSY 235 Mental Retardation (pre-reqs: EPSY 229), 3 s.h.
EPSY 250 Adolescent Growth and Development (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
FAMS 361 American Families in Poverty (pre-reqs: FAMS 160 or CHILD 170 "C" or better), 3 s.h.
POLS 230 Introduction to American Public Administration (pre-reqs: SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS), 3 s.h.
POLS 218 American Social Welfare Policies and Politics (pre-reqs: SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS), 3 s.h.
POLS 236 U.S. Public Policy (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
PSYC 204 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 231 Cognitive Psychology (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 232 Sensation and Perception (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 233 Psychology of Memory (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 234 Psychology of Learning (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 257 Psychology of Human Sexuality (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.
PSYC 279 Psychology of Drug Use and Abuse (pre-reqs: "C" or better in PSYC 100), 3 s.h.

Total: 39-45 s.h.

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Sociology Major-Community and Environment Track

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Overview: A Sociology major with an interdisciplinary twist that examines issues related to urbanization, urban and rural relations, and the environment.

Description: In 2009, the Sociology Department received approval from the College Curriculum Committee to offer a track within the Sociology major and a minor in Community and Environment. The major track is currently under review at higher levels of SUNY Administration, but the minor is now available for students. The track and minor are ideal for students wishing to pursue advance study in sociology, community development, or related fields. In addition, the track and minor are good preparation for students considering careers in community development, working with non-profit or non-governmental organizations, environmental groups, land use consulting, environmental consulting, as well as related governmental and private sector jobs.

Core Requirements: (12 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 240 Urban Sociology (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 242 Rural Sociology (pre-reqs: SOCL 100 or 110), 3 s.h.

Note: All core courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better

Major Related Requirements: (3 s.h.)
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics (pre-reqs: Regents Course III or Course B or MATH 104), 3 s.h.

Select one of the following:(3 s.h.)
SOCL 390 Senior Seminar in Sociology (18 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 397 Field Experience in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 3 s.h.

Electives: (12 s.h.)
Select from the following, (two must be in Sociology):
SOCL 241 The Community (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 243 Age of Globalization (pre-reqs: SOCL 100), 3 s.h.
SOCL 244 Environmental Sociology (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL or ENVS 105), 3 s.h.
SOCL 248 Transnational Migration (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 344 Demography (pre-reqs: SOCL 209 and 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
POLS 235 Environmental Politics and Policy (pre-reqs: SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS), 3 s.h.
PHIL 230 Environmental Ethics (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
GEOG 233 Urban Geography (Prereq: SoS or GEOG 100), 3 s.h.
GEOG 236 Environmental Planning (Prereq: ENVS 201 or GEOG 201), 3 s.h.

Total 30 s.h.

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Community and Environment Minor

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Overview: A Sociology minor with an interdisciplinary twist that examines issues related to urbanization, urban and rural relations, and the environment.

Description: In 2009, the Sociology Department received approval from the College Curriculum Committee to offer a track within the Sociology major and a minor in Community and Environment. The major track is currently under review at higher levels of SUNY Administration, but the minor is now available for students. The track and minor are ideal for students wishing to pursue advance study in sociology, community development, or related fields. In addition, the track and minor are good preparation for students considering careers in community development, working with non-profit or non-governmental organizations, environmental groups, land use consulting, environmental consulting, as well as related governmental and private sector jobs.

Core Requirements: (12 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 240 Urban Sociology (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 242 Rural Sociology (pre-reqs: SOCL 100 or 110), 3 s.h.

Note: All core courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better

Electives (9 s.h.)
Select from the following (one must be in Sociology):
SOCL 241 The Community (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 243 Age of Globalization (pre-reqs: SOCL 100), 3 s.h.
SOCL 244 Environmental Sociology (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL or ENVS 105), 3 s.h.
SOCL 248 Transnational Migration (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 344 Demography (pre-reqs: SOCL 209 and 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
POLS 235 Environmental Politics and Policy (pre-reqs: SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS), 3 s.h.
PHIL 230 Environmental Ethics (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
GEOG 233 Urban Geography (Prereq: SoS or GEOG 100), 3 s.h.
GEOG 236 Environmental Planning (Prereq: ENVS 201 or GEOG 201), 3 s.h.

Total Minor 21 s.h.

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Criminal Justice Major

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Overview: A Criminal Justice major and minor with a liberal arts orientation. A good choice for those interested in pursuing careers in the criminal justice system or continuing their education down the road.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers a criminal justice major for those who wish to pursue employment and/or further study in criminal justice occupations. The program at Oneonta has a "criminological" focus, which is to say that we concentrate on the causes and consequences of crime, community relations, and analysis of criminal justice policy. There are advantages to a "liberal arts" approach, namely that there is considerable focus on writing, research, critical thinking, and analysis. Because the program is situated in a sociology department, a student who is somewhat unsure has the flexibility to switch to a track of the sociology major should career plans change, such as a student who decides to go to law school (liberal arts track) or become a prison counselor (human services track). There are disadvantages as well, specifically that occupational training (such as firearms use and self defense courses) are not offered through the Department (although some such courses may be available in other departments) and do not generally transfer into the major from other schools (although can count toward the college elective requirements). The program requires the completion of an internship; Criminal Justice professionals may apply for a waiver from this requirement. The department also offers a Criminal Justice minor.

Required Courses: (18 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 175 Introduction to Criminal Justice (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 270 Criminology (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 273 Juvenile Delinquency (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 313 Perspectives & Theories (prereq: JrS & 3 s.h. 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.

Note: All core requirements must have a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Select One: (3 s.h.)
SOCL 237 Sociology of Women (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL)
SOCL 260 Social Class (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL)
SOCL 261 Sociology of Ethnic Relations (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL)
SOCL 279 Race, Crime & Justice (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL)
ALS 273 Race, Gender, Class & Culture (pre-reqs: none)

Select Two Courses: (6 s.h.)
Any Sociology course at the 200-level or above not listed below (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL, all 200-level courses)

Major Related Courses: (6 s.h.)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (pre-reqs: none), 3 s.h.
AND (one of the following):
PHIL 102 Ethics, 3 s.h.
POLS 230 Public Administration (pre-reqs: SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS), 3 s.h.
SOCL 269 Integrity & Public Service (pre-reqs: SOCL 100 and SOCL 175)), 3 s.h.

Electives: (9 s.h.)
Choose at least three courses totaling 9 s.h. from the following:
ALIT 303 Literature of Imprisonment (pre-reqs: COMP 200; LITR 150; LITR 250; 6 s.h. 200-level courses in ALIT, ELIT, LITR, or WLIT; or permission of instructor), 3 s.h.
POLS 243 Civil Rights & Liberties (SoS or 3 s.h. POLS), 3 s.h.
POLS 245 Law, Courts, & Politics (SoS or 3 s.h. POLS), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): SOCL 238 Violence in Relationships (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h..
SOCL 258 Drugs & Society (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 269 Integrity and Public Service (if not used above) (SOCL 100; SOCL 175), 3 s.h.
SOCL 272 Societal Deviance (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 274 Corrections (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 276 Multicultural Perspectives on Interrogation (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 277 Police & Society (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 278 Prison & Prisoners in American Society (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL, Permission of Instructor, 1 credit course), 3 s.h.
SOCL 279 Race, Crime, & Justice (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 304 The Sexual Offender (pre-reqs: SOCL 175 and 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 305 Comparative Criminal Justice (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): SOCL 306 Terrorism & Society (pre-reqs: 6 s.h. of SOCL with "C+" or better), 3 s.h.
SOCL 307 Cults, Utopias & Criminals (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 397 Field Experiences in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 1-15 s.h.

Total 42 s.h.

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Criminal Justice Minor

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Overview: A Criminal Justice major and minor with a liberal arts orientation. A good choice for those interested in pursuing careers in the criminal justice system or continuing their education down the road.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers a criminal justice major for those who wish to pursue employment and/or further study in criminal justice occupations. The program at Oneonta has a "criminological" focus, which is to say that we concentrate on the causes and consequences of crime, community relations, and analysis of criminal justice policy. There are advantages to a "liberal arts" approach, namely that there is considerable focus on writing, research, critical thinking, and analysis. Because the program is situated in a sociology department, a student who is somewhat unsure has the flexibility to switch to a track of the sociology major should career plans change, such as a student who decides to go to law school (liberal arts track) or become a prison counselor (human services track). There are disadvantages as well, specifically that occupational training (such as firearms use and self defense courses) are not offered through the Department (although some such courses may be available in other departments) and do not generally transfer into the major from other schools (although can count toward the college elective requirements). The program requires the completion of an internship; Criminal Justice professionals may apply for a waiver from this requirement. The department also offers a Criminal Justice minor.

Required Courses: (12 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 175 Introduction to Criminal Justice (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 270 Criminology (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.

Note: All core requirements must have a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Electives: (9 s.h.)
Choose at least three courses totaling 9 s.h. from the following:
ALIT 303 Literature of Imprisonment (pre-reqs: COMP 200; LITR 150; LITR 250; 6 s.h. 200-level courses in ALIT, ELIT, LITR, or WLIT; or permission of instructor), 3 s.h.
POLS 243 Civil Rights & Liberties (SoS or 3 s.h. POLS), 3 s.h.
POLS 245 Law, Courts, & Politics (SoS or 3 s.h. POLS), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): SOCL 238 Violence in Relationships (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h..
SOCL 258 Drugs & Society (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 269 Integrity and Public Service (if not used above) (SOCL 100; SOCL 175), 3 s.h.
SOCL 272 Societal Deviance (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 274 Corrections (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 276 Multicultural Perspectives on Interrogation (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 277 Police & Society (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 278 Prison & Prisoners in American Society (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL, Permission of Instructor, 1 credit course), 3 s.h.
SOCL 279 Race, Crime, & Justice (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 304 The Sexual Offender (pre-reqs: SOCL 175 and 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 305 Comparative Criminal Justice (prereq: 3 s.h. SOCL), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): SOCL 306 Terrorism & Society (pre-reqs: 6 s.h. of SOCL with "C+" or better), 3 s.h.
SOCL 307 Cults, Utopias & Criminals (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 397 Field Experiences in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 1-15 s.h.

Total 21 s.h.

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Gerontology Major

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Overview: A specialized program that studies personal and policy issues involved with the aging process, it offers a highly personal experience and is great for those interested in working with or studying the elderly.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers both a major and a minor in gerontology. The Gerontology Studies degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue employment or further study in issues dealing with aging. The degree offers a wide array of choices for the future employment and study. As the smallest major in the Department, students get the advantage of individualized attention and guidance.

The Gerontology Studies major was formerly offered as the Adulthood and Aging major through the Life Course Studies Program. The gerontology program can be enhanced through student participation in research and internship opportunities.

Core Requirements: (15-18 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 209 Social Research Methods (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 233 Aging, Generations and Society (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 392 Social Policy and Life Course Studies (pre-reqs: JrS and 6 s.h. in Social Science), 3 s.h.
PSYC 345 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (pre-reqs: PSYC 100 "C" or better and PSYC 221, or instructors permission), 3 s.h.

Select one:
SOCL 390 Senior Seminar in Sociology (18 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
OR SOCL 397 Field Experiences in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 3 s.h.
PSYC 345 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (PSYC 100 “C” or better and PSYC 221 or instructor’s permission), 3 s.h.

Major Related Courses: (9 s.h.)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (no pre-reqs)(must be passed with a grade of “C” or better to take additional Psychology courses), 3 s.h.
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics (pre-reqs: Regents Course III or Course B or MATH 104), 3 s.h.

Sociology Electives: (9 s.h.)
Select three:
SOCL 231 Comparative Aging: A Global Perspective (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 234 Families and Aging (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 235 Theories in Family Studies (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 256 Sociology of Aging and Health (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 257 Sociology of Health and Illness (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): SOCL 336 Sociology of Death and Dying (JrS and 6 s.h. of SOCL at 200 level or above)
New (Sp2011): SOCL 344 Demography (pre-reqs: SOCL 209 and 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 397 Field Experiences in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 3 s.h.
SOCL 399 Independent Study in Sociology (pre-reqs: JrS and 3 s.h. of 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.

Interdisciplinary Electives: (9 s.h.)
Select three (must be from at least 2 different departments):
ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
ANTH 236 Medical Anthropology (pre-reqs: ANTH 100 or 130), 3 s.h.
COMM 254 Intercultural Communication (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): CONS/FASH 281 Housing (6 s.h. of FAMS, SOCL, and /or ECON)
CONS 252 Personal Law (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
FAMS 264 Adulthood and Aging (pre-reqs: FAMS 160 or CHILD 170 or equivalent), 3 s.h.
FAMS 266 Adult Family Members Transition (pre-reqs: FAMS 160 or CHILD 170 "C" or better), 3 s.h.
NUTR 247 Nutrition Across the Lifespan (pre-reqs: NUTR 140), 3 s.h.
PHIL 206 Philosophy of Life and Death (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of PHIL), 3 s.h.
PHED 202 Current Health Problems and Issues (pre-reqs: none), 3 s.h.
PHED 330 Fitness-Lifestyle Components (pre-reqs: JrS), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): POLS 218 American Social Welfare Policies & Politics (SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS)
PSYC 240 Developmental Psychology (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): PSYC 252 Health Psychology (“C” or better in PSYC 100)
New (Sp2011): WMST 210 Women’s Health (SoS)

NOTE (as of Sp2011): POLS 329 and PSYC 260 will no longer be considered electives

Total: 39-42 s.h.

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Gerontology Minor

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Overview: A specialized program that studies personal and policy issues involved with the aging process, it offers a highly personal experience and is great for those interested in working with or studying the elderly.

Description: The Department of Sociology offers both a major and a minor in gerontology. The Gerontology Studies degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue employment or further study in issues dealing with aging. The degree offers a wide array of choices for the future employment and study. As the smallest major in the Department, students get the advantage of individualized attention and guidance.

The Gerontology Studies major was formerly offered as the Adulthood and Aging major through the Life Course Studies Program. The gerontology program can be enhanced through student participation in research and internship opportunities.

Core Requirements: (6 s.h.)
SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology (no pre-reqs), 3 s.h.
SOCL 233 Aging, Generations and Society (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.

Sociology Electives: (6 s.h.)
Select two:
SOCL 231 Comparative Aging: A Global Perspective (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 234 Families and Aging (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 235 Theories in Family Studies (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 256 Sociology of Aging and Health (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 257 Sociology of Health and Illness (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): SOCL 336 Sociology of Death and Dying (JrS and 6 s.h. of SOCL at 200 level or above)
New (Sp2011): SOCL 344 Demography (pre-reqs: SOCL 209 and 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
SOCL 397 Field Experiences in Sociology (pre-reqs: fulfill minimum college-wide requirements; JrS; 3 s.h. SOCL at 200 level or above), 3 s.h.
SOCL 399 Independent Study in Sociology (pre-reqs: JrS and 3 s.h. of 200-level SOCL), 3 s.h.

Interdisciplinary Electives: (6 s.h.)
Select two (must be from 2 different departments):
ANTH 232 Human Biology and Culture Change (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
ANTH 236 Medical Anthropology (pre-reqs: ANTH 100 or 130), 3 s.h.
COMM 254 Intercultural Communication (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): CONS/FASH 281 Housing (6 s.h. of FAMS, SOCL, and /or ECON)
CONS 252 Personal Law (pre-reqs: SoS), 3 s.h.
FAMS 264 Adulthood and Aging (pre-reqs: FAMS 160 or CHILD 170 or equivalent), 3 s.h.
FAMS 266 Adult Family Members Transition (pre-reqs: FAMS 160 or CHILD 170 "C" or better), 3 s.h.
NUTR 247 Nutrition Across the Lifespan (pre-reqs: NUTR 140), 3 s.h.
PHIL 206 Philosophy of Life and Death (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of PHIL), 3 s.h.
PHED 202 Current Health Problems and Issues (pre-reqs: none), 3 s.h.
PHED 330 Fitness-Lifestyle Components (pre-reqs: JrS), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): POLS 218 American Social Welfare Policies & Politics (SoS or 3 s.h. of POLS)
PSYC 240 Developmental Psychology (pre-reqs: 3 s.h. of SOCL), 3 s.h.
New (Sp2011): PSYC 252 Health Psychology (“C” or better in PSYC 100)
New (Sp2011): WMST 210 Women’s Health (SoS)

NOTE (as of Sp2011): POLS 329 and PSYC 260 will no longer be considered electives

Total: 18 s.h.

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Course Information

If you are looking for information about our course offerings, you should visit our courses page. You will find that the department offers not only the expected line-up for a traditional sociology department, but also a wide range of interesting topics that are not widely availabe even at the national level. Please browse the courses and see for yourself!

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