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Sociology

Law and Society

Students majoring in law and society are concerned with the sociological examination of the etiology, distribution and control of crime and other deviant behaviors. Study entails the use of sociological concepts and methods to measure and analyze crime and deviance and to examine dimensions of the criminal justice system and other systems of social control. The program provides a basic foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in human service and law enforcement. The major also provides a strong foundation for students who will pursue graduate work in sociology, law, criminology and criminal justice.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)*
(3) SOC 10000 (Introductory Sociology), Individual and Society* (3) SOC 22000 (Social Problems), Social Ethics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Sociology Requirement, Note A
(3) Non-Laboratory Science (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) SOC 32400 (Criminology) (3) SOC 38200 (Introduction to Methods of Social Research), Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity* (3) Aesthetic Awareness*
(3) Sociology Requirement, Note A (3) Sociology Requirement, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) SOC 38300 (Introduction to Methods of Social Research II) (3) SOC 40200 (Principles of Sociology)
(3) Laboratory Science (3) Gender Issues*
(3) Sociology Requirement, Note A (3) Sociology Requirement, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) SOC 41900 (Sociology of Law) (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Sociology Requirement, Note A (3) Global Perspective*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

 

Law and Society Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

A. See department advisors for a list of courses to fulfill this requirement.


Sociology

Students working toward a degree in sociology examine a variety of forms of social organization and the composition and behavior of human groups and ways in which these groups affect individuals. Class sequences include study of social inequality, criminology and social deviance, family, health and aging, politics and economy, religion, and social survey and other methods. With the proper selecton of electives and related areas, students are prepared for careers in actuarial science, labor relations, urban planning, management analysis, market research, personnel work and public relations.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)*
(3) SOC 10000 (Introductory Sociology), Individual and Society* (3) Sociology Requirement, Note A
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Elective
(3) United States Tradition* (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterSecond Semester
(3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity* (3) SOC 38200 (Introduction to Methods of Social Research), Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Social Ethics* (3) Aesthetic Awareness*
(3) Sociology Requirement, Note A (3) Sociology Requirement, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) SOC 38300 (Introduction to Methods of Social Research II) (3) SOC 40200 (Principles of Sociology)
(3) Laboratory Science (3) Gender Issues*
(3) Sociology Requirement, Note A (3) Sociology Requirement, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Other Cultures* (3) Global Perspective*
(3) Sociology Requirement, Note A (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

 

Sociology Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

  1. See department advisors for a listing of courses in each area to fulfill this requirement.