Sociology (SOC)

SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

   While all social sciences are interested in understanding human behavior, sociology is distinguished by its focus on understanding patterns of human behavior and emphasizing the social forces that shape and influence these patterns. Often, this perspective is surprising and can challenge assumptions of how the world works. The subject matter of sociology is broad—anything about social life one is interested in can be (and likely has been) studied by sociologists. Ultimately, students of sociology develop an appreciation for ways in which social structures and culture shape the world they live in and thus shape their own lives.

   This breadth of social life is reflected in the sociology curriculum. After taking SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology, which is a prerequisite for other sociology courses, students are free to pursue other areas of interest. Courses on social institutions (such as religion, medicine, and the criminal justice system), social processes (such as the relationship between the self and society, social movements, and deviance), and social stratification (such as race, class and gender) represent the rich diversity of social life that sociologists are interested in understanding. These offerings are complimented by grounding in social theory and methodology. As a social science, sociological knowledge is based on empirical observation and analysis that is informed by and informs social theory.

   The standard major provides a mix of seven core courses and six elective choices. Students with an interest in criminal justice can pursue a concentration in that area taking an addition-al list of core courses in the criminal justice emphasis. Students who wish to pursue the minor take the introductory course and then choose five elective courses. SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology and SOC 168 Social Problems also fulfill Area I General Education requirements. Sociology majors are encouraged to take MATH 140 College Algebra, to fulfill the general education mathematics competency requirement.

   In addition to classroom instruction, The Sociology Club and the International Honors Society in Sociology, Alpha Kappa Delta, are active on campus with social and intellectual activities. While sociology provides a useful perspective for any kind of employment, graduates typically find employment in social services, law enforcement, teaching, and research.

 

FACULTY

Professor Greg P. Haase;

Assistant Professors Matt Aronson, Jackie Gabriel, and Cindy Whitney;

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

 

Sociology Major: Standard Program

A minimum of 39 credits is required including:

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology

3 cr

SOC 202  Sociological Theory

3 cr

SOC 225  Self and Society

3 cr

SOC 310  Qualitative Research Methods

3 cr

SOC 380  Social Inequalities

3 cr

SOC 498  The Capstone Experience

3 cr

One of the following:

 

PSY 200  Statistical Analysis and Experimental Methodology I

3 cr

SOC 211  Quantitative Research Methods

3 cr

Six of the following:

 

SOC 150  Environmental Sociology

3 cr

SOC 168  Social Problems

3 cr

SOC 259  Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 cr

SOC 303  Contemporary Theory

3 cr

SOC 320 The Family

3 cr

SOC 321  Religion

3 cr

SOC 322  Medical Sociology

3 cr

SOC 323  Cultural Studies

3 cr

SOC 340  Social Movements

3 cr

SOC 349  Law Enforcement

3 cr

SOC 350  Deviance

3 cr

SOC 351  Juvenile Delinquency

3 cr

SOC 355  Drugs and Society

3 cr

SOC 367  Corrections

3 cr

SOC 397 Special Topics

3 cr

SOC 399  Internship in Sociology

1-6 cr

SOC 492  Independent Study

1-6 cr

ESS 490   Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity

3 cr

 
Criminal Justice Emphasis

A minimum of 42 credits is required including:

POLS 301  Constitutional Law II
3 cr
SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology
3 cr
SOC 202  Sociological Theory
3 cr
SOC 225  Self and Society
3 cr
SOC 259  Introduction to Criminal Justice
3 cr
SOC 310  Qualitative Research Methods
3 cr
SOC 349  Law Enforcement
3 cr
SOC 367  Corrections
3 cr
SOC 380  Social Inequalities
3 cr
SOC 498  The Capstone Experience
3 cr
One of the following:
 
PSY 200  Statistical Analysis and Experimental Methodology I
3 cr
SOC 211  Quantitative Research Methods
3 cr
One of the following:
 
PSY 368  Psychopathology
3 cr
SOC 350  Deviance
3 cr
SOC 351  Juvenile Delinquency
3 cr
At least two of the following:
 
ESS 490  Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
3 cr
SOC 150  Environmental Sociology
3 cr
SOC 168  Social Problems
3 cr
SOC 303  Contemporary Theory
3 cr
SOC 320  The Family
3 cr
SOC 321  Sociology of Religion
3 cr
SOC 322  Medical Sociology
3 cr
SOC 323  Cultural Studies
3 cr
SOC 340  Social Movements
3 cr
SOC 355  Drugs and Society
3 cr
SOC 397  Special Topics
3 cr
SOC 399  Internship in Sociology
1-6 cr
SOC 492  Independent Study
1-6 cr
 

Environmental Management Emphasis (with a 3+2 Master in Environmental Management)

The Environmental Management emphasis allows students to complete the B.A. in Sociology (SOC) and the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) at Western in five years. To remain qualified for the 3+2, after 66 credits each student must have:

  • maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA within the major;
  • earned a B or above in two social science, two natural science (one with lab), and one statistics course;
  • fulfilled the 3-credit Internship requirement with a B or above and positive letter from the project sponsor;
  • provided three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is to be a professional reference and at least one of which is to be an academic reference from the student’s major at Western;
  • written a Statement of Purpose to the MEM program, detailing early career ambitions and ideas and connections for the eventual master’s Project.

At this point, if any aspect of a student’s performance is found to be insufficient, the MEM Director may reject a 3+2 student from the MEM program, in which case the student will need to find a new emphasis or minor in order to complete the undergraduate degree. Upon meeting the requirements above, and after Junior Year (reaching 91 credits in this plan—see “MAJOR MAP” at western.edu/3_2) holding to the same GPA and general performance standards outlined above, the School of Graduate Studies will designate students as “MEM candidates with provisional acceptance.” Upon completion of the final 29 credits of the Western B.A. in Year Four of this plan, the School of Graduate Studies will designate students as “MEM degree seeking students.” Students who have completed all other requirements of the 3+2 program and all Western undergraduate requirements, yet choose to leave the MEM program before Year 5, will still have completed the SOC undergraduate emphasis in Environmental Management and have earned the 120 credits necessary for a Western undergraduate degree.

A minimum of 68 credits is required.

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology

3 cr

 

SOC 202  Sociological Theory

3 cr

 

SOC 225  Self and Society

3 cr

 

SOC 310  Qualitative Research Methods

3 cr

 

SOC 380  Social Inequalities

3 cr

 

SOC 399  Internship

3 cr

 

SOC 498  The Capstone Experience

3 cr

 

Six of the following:

 

 

SOC 168  Social Problems

3 cr

 

SOC 259  Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 cr

 

SOC 303  Contemporary Theory

3 cr

 

SOC 320  The Family

3 cr

 

SOC 321  Sociology of Religion

3 cr

 

SOC 322  Medical Sociology

3 cr

 

SOC 323  Cultural Studies

3 cr

 

SOC 349  Law Enforcement

3 cr

 

SOC 350  Deviance

3 cr

 

SOC 351  Juvenile Delinquency

3 cr

 

SOC 355  Drugs and Society

3 cr

 

SOC 367  Corrections

3 cr

 

SOC 397  Special Topics

3 cr

 

SOC 492  Independent Study

3 cr

 

One of the following:

 

 

ECON 216  Statistics for Business and Economics

3 cr

 

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics

3 cr

 

PSY 200  Statistics and Data Analysis

3 cr

 

SOC 211  Quantitative Research Methods

3 cr

 

One of the following:

 

 

SOC 150  Environmental Sociology

3 cr

 

SOC 340  Social Movements

3 cr

 

Core MEM Courses

 

ENVS 601  Introduction to Environmental Management

5 cr

ENVS 605  Science of Environmental Management

3 cr

ENVS 608  Environmental Politics and Policy

3 cr

ENVS 611  Integrative Skills for Environmental Management

3 cr

ENVS 612  Quantitative Skills for Environmental Management

3 cr

ENVS 615  Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

3 cr

One of the following from the MEM Emphases:

 

Sustainable and Resilient Communities Emphasis:

 

ENVS 616  Environmental Organizational Development and Management

3 cr

Global Sustainability Emphasis:

 

ENVS 617  Global Sustainability

3 cr

Integrative and Public Land Management Emphasis:

 

ENVS 618  Public Lands Management

3 cr

    

 

Upon successful completion of the prescribed courses listed above, University defined General Education, and elective requirements totaling 120 credits (with 40 at the 300-level or higher), students are eligible for their B.A. conferral. Students electing to complete MEM must follow the balance of their declared emphasis curriculum:

MEM Sustainable and Resilient Communities Emphasis (beyond required Core courses)

Nine Credits of:

ENVS 623  Studies in Environmental Management

1-6 cr

and/or

 

ENVS 620  Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities

3 cr

Masters Project Requirement:

 

ENVS 690  Master’s Project Development

5 cr

ENVS 694  Master’s Project and Portfolio

9 cr

            *Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Spring Year 5.

MEM Integrative and Public Land Management Emphasis (beyond required Core courses)

Nine Credits of:                      

ENVS 623  Studies in Environmental Management

1-6 cr

and/or

 

ENVS 625  Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management

3 cr

Masters Project Requirement:

 

ENVS 690  Master’s Project Development

5 cr

ENVS 694  Master’s Project and Portfolio

9 cr

*Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Spring Year 5.

MEM Global Sustainability Emphasis (beyond required Core courses)

Nine credits of (choose any combination with a global theme):

ENVS 620  Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities

3 cr

ENVS 623  Studies in Environmental Management

1-6 cr

ENVS 625  Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management

3 cr

Masters Project Requirement:

 

ENVS 690  Master’s Project Development

5 cr

ENVS 694  Master’s Project and Portfolio

9 cr

*Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Spring Year 5.

 
Sociology Minor

A minimum of eighteen credits is required:

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology

3 cr

Sociology electives

15 cr

 

Capstone Course Requirement. The following courses in the Sociology Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: SOC 498 The Capstone Experience, or SOC 399 Internship (Criminal Justice Emphasis).