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2018-2019 Academic Catalog | Sociology (B.A.) – CAS

Sociology (B.A.)




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
SOCY 311
SOCY 421
SOCY 499

ONE course in statistics:

MATH 110

SIX additional courses in sociology or other approved courses

Recommended Courses

SSC 207
SOCY 491

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

FOUR additional courses from the following:

SOCY 231
SOCY 320
SOCY 323
SOCY 333
SOCY 335
SOCY 361

Minor Requirements

Required Courses (18 credits)

ONE introductory course:

SOCY 100

ONE course chosen from between:

SOCY 321
SOCY 421

FOUR additional courses in sociology or other approved courses, excluding field work. Students majoring in Human Relations may not declare a minor in sociology.

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
SOCY 100
SOCY 103
SOCY 105
SOCY 131
SOCY 201
SOCY 202
SOCY 203
SOCY 221
SOCY 231
SOCY 241
SOCY 242
SOCY 261
SOCY 311
SOCY 320
SOCY 321
SOCY 323
SOCY 331
SOCY 333
SOCY 335
SOCY 341
SOCY 353
SOCY 361
SOCY 381
SOCY 421
SOCY 431
SOCY 461
SOCY 491
SOCY 498
SOCY 499
SSC 207

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