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Sociology Course Requirements

MAJOR Requirements: 39 credit hours
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
SO 122
SO 211
Cultural Anthropology or
Cultures of the World
SO 230 Social Statistics
SO 316 Social Psychology
SO 360 Criminology
SO 380 Topics: Diversity & Inequality
SO 397 Research Methods
SO 495 Practicum
PS 231 American Justice System
Plus 12 credit hours of add'l Upper Division Sociology credits (above 300)
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MINOR Requirements: 18 credit hours
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
Plus 15 credit hours of add'l Upper Division Sociology credits (above 300)
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Learning Outcomes and Assessment of Student Learning

Identify the elements of the sociological perspective and apply the perspective to social reality and her or his own life (assessed in all courses in the major),

Utilize effective ethical and decision-making skills in personal and professional situations (assessed in all courses in the major),

Effectively employ theoretical, methodological and critical communication knowledge and skills in various situations (assessed in SO 230, 360, 397 and 495),

Demonstrate a working understanding of the way in which social structures affect each other and the life choices/chances of individuals  (assessed in all courses in the major), and

Recognize and appreciate diversity in individuals, cultures and social systems, from local to national to global environments, with the resultant awareness of the social construction of reality (assessed in all courses in the major).

The outcomes of the sociology major are assessed through a required portfolio and a required exit interview. The portfolio reflects assignments completed throughout the program. The portfolio is formally constructed throughout the curriculum. Students in the sociology program will be submitting copies of assignments from all criminology courses. The exit interview also takes place during the capstone course, SO 495.  During the exit interview, students will be given the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences as a student in the sociology program.