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Academic Catalog '14-'15 | Sociology

Sociology

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Description

Sociology is the scientific study and interpretation of group life.  It provides a human perspective on the study of urban life, family patterns and relationships, work, and organizational structures.   Gender, race, social class, social change, and current social issues are the focus of research and analysis.

The primary goal of this program is to enable students to develop a "sociological imagination," giving them the ability to connect individual private experience with social structure through concrete experiences and a strong theoretical perspective.  Teaching this deceptively simple insight, that people are affected by social forces and that social institutions are affected by their members, is the major focus of the discipline.

Majoring in sociology prepares students for graduate school and a wide variety of careers, such as social psychology, social research, social work, public administration, business, education, market research, law, and community planning.

A sociology major and minor are offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The sociology program also supports the criminal justice and human relations majors.

Major Requirements

Required Courses (33 credits)

ALL of the following courses:

SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY 311 Research Methods for Social Scientists
SOCY 421 Sociological Theory
SOCY 499 Senior Seminar

ONE course in statistics:

MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics

SIX additional courses in sociology or other approved courses

Recommended Courses

SSC 207 Writing for the Social Sciences
SOCY 491 Internship

Social Justice Track

As part of the major, students may opt to take 5 of their 6 sociology elective courses in the Social Justice Track, which consists of specialized courses in this area.

ONE required course:

SOCY 321 Inequality and Society

FOUR additional courses from the following:

SOCY 231 International Migration
SOCY 323 Race and Racism
SOCY 333 Women and Third World Development
SOCY 335 Social Movements
SOCY 361 The Black Family

Minor Requirements

Required Courses (18 credits)

ONE introductory course:

SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology

ONE course chosen from between:

SOCY 321 Inequality and Society
SOCY 421 Sociological Theory

FOUR additional courses in sociology or other approved courses, excluding field work

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the sociology major.

CLEP Policy:
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the sociology major.

Grades in Major Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of “C-” (1.7) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major with the exception of SOCY 499 (Senior Seminar).  In that course, students must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Pass/No Pass:
Courses fulfilling major requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.

Senior Assessment:
Students will fulfill their senior assessment through the senior seminar, which is to be taken within 2 semesters of graduation.

TELL Policy:
Students applying for credit in experiential learning should consult with the program faculty.

Transfer Credits:
Credits in courses equivalent to those required for the major from a similar institution may be accepted toward a major.  Students majoring in sociology must take a minimum of four sociology courses at Trinity in addition to the Senior Seminar.

Course Descriptions

MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SOCY 105 Social Problems
SOCY 131 Global Social Issues
SOCY 201 Sociology of Education
SOCY 202 Sociology of Religion
SOCY 203 Individual and Society: Understanding Human Interaction
SOCY 221 Community Development and Urban Problems
SOCY 231 International Migration
SOCY 241 Work and Occupations
SOCY 242 Social Criticism in Film
SOCY 261 Family and Society
SOCY 311 Research Methods for Social Scientists
SOCY 321 Inequality and Society
SOCY 323 Race and Racism
SOCY 331 Population Studies
SOCY 333 Women and Third World Development
SOCY 335 Social Movements
SOCY 341 Women, Men, and Complex Organizations
SOCY 353 Sociology of Health Care and Religion
SOCY 361 The Black Family
SOCY 381 Understanding AIDS: Interdisciplinary Seminar
SOCY 421 Sociological Theory
SOCY 431 Advanced Research Methods for Social Scientists
SOCY 461 Advanced Seminar on the Family
SOCY 491 Internship
SOCY 498 Independent Study
SOCY 499 Senior Seminar
SSC 207 Writing for the Social Sciences

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