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Academic Catalog '12-'13 | Sociology



Dr. Roxana Moayedi, Associate Professor of Sociology (program chair)
Dr. Roberta Goldberg, Professor of Sociology
Dr. Mary Johnson, SND, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology
Dr. Konia Kollehlon, Associate Professor of Sociology


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 107 Social Science Writing
SOCY 491 Internship

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

Students may declare a major in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice (or vice versa) by satisfying the requirements for the major and minor. Students who double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice must satisfy the requirements in both disciplines. Students who decide to double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice (or minor in Sociology or Criminal Justice) should remember that except for SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology, SOCY 311 Research Methods for Social Scientists, and MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics, they cannot double count other Sociology or Criminal Justice courses in satisfying the requirements of both majors.  Stated otherwise, as a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice, you can not use a Criminal Justice course (that is required for the Criminal Justice major) as one of the six additional courses needed to satisfy the requirements for Sociology. However, Sociology majors who do not declare a double major may use up to two Criminal Justice courses as part of their six additional Sociology course requirements, if no other courses outside of Sociology are used. These courses must be approved by the Chair of the Sociology Program. Also, students who double major  in Sociology and Criminal Justice will select either SOCY 499 Senior Seminar or CJUS 499 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice as the senior seminar requirement for both majors.

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" or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major.  In addition, students must achieve a passing grade on the senior comprehensive portfolio.

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

Senior Assessment:
Students are required to submit a Senior Comprehensive Portfolio Assessment Project prior to graduation.  Specific requirements and due dates are distributed to seniors the fall semester of their graduation year.

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

SSC 207 Writing for the Social Sciences
SOCY 499 Senior Seminar
SOCY 361 The Black Family
SOCY 497 Directed Readings in Sociology
SOCY 498 Independent Study
SOCY 491 Internship
SOCY 461 Advanced Seminar on the Family
SOCY 381 Understanding AIDS: Interdisciplinary Seminar
SOCY 410 Theories of Crime & Deviance
SOCY 421 Sociological Theory
SOCY 431 Advanced Research Methods for Social Scientists
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 341 Women, Men, and Complex Organizations
SOCY 201 Sociology of Education
SOCY 203 Individual and Society: Understanding Human Interaction
SOCY 205 Criminology: An Introduction
SOCY 206 Juvenile Justice
SOCY 307 Criminal Procedures & Evidence
SOCY 305 Corrections
SOCY 306 Law Enforcement
SOCY 261 Family and Society
SOCY 303 Minorities and Women in Criminal Justice
SOCY 241 Work and Occupations
SOCY 242 Social Criticism in Film
SOCY 240 Work and Society
SOCY 221 Community Development and Urban Problems
SOCY 231 International Migration
SOCY 131 Global Social Issues
SOCY 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SOCY 105 Social Problems
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY 101 Social Issues
ICAE 431 Advanced Research Methods for Social Sci

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