Western Kentucky University

Major in Sociology for Undergraduate Students

The department of sociology offers programs and course work designed to expand awareness and understanding of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, organizations, societies, and various cultures.  Completion of the curriculum in sociology provides a broad background for students pursuing a variety of careers by helping them to develop the skills most valued by today's employers.  These include the ability to communicate effectively and to frame and solve problems in a teamwork setting.  Students interested in research and administrative positions, pursuing graduate degrees in sociology or other related academic fields, or training for teachers of these subjects will find the program in sociology academically and professionally rewarding.  A major in sociology leads to a bachelor of arts degree and requires a minimum of ten courses (31 semester hours) in sociology including six required courses.

Major Required Courses (16 Hours):

  • Sociology 100 Introductory Sociology 3 Hours
  • Sociology 300 Using Statistics in Sociology 3 Hours
  • Sociology 302 Strategies of Social Research 3 Hours
  • Sociology 304 Sociological Theory:Perspectives on Society 3 Hours
  • Any one 200-level course (below)
  • Sociology 499 Senior Seminar 1 Hour

Major Electives (At Least 15 Hours):

  • Sociology 210 Interaction Self Society (C) 3 hours
  • Sociology 220 Marriage and Family (C) 3 hours
  • Sociology 231 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 hours
  • Sociology 232 Intro. To Law Enforcement 3 hours
  • Sociology 233 Alternatives to Confinement 3 hours
  • Sociology 234 Security & Crime Investigations 3 hours
  • Sociology 240 Contemporary Social Problems 3 hours
  • Sociology 245 Sociology of Popular Culture 3 hours
  • Sociology 260 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 hours
  • Sociology 309 Social Deviance 3 hours
  • Sociology 312 Collective Behavior 3 hours
  • Sociology 322 Religion in Society 3 hours
  • Sociology 324 Sociology of Sport 3 hours
  • Sociology 330 Criminology 3 hours
  • Sociology 332 Juvenile Delinquency 3 hours
  • Sociology 342 Aging in Society 3 hours
  • Sociology 345 Sociology of Popular Music 3 hours
  • Sociology 350 Social Inequality 3 hours
  • Sociology 353 Sociology of Japan (E) 3 hours
  • Sociology 355 Sociology of Gender 3 hours
  • Sociology 359 Sexuality and Society 3 hours
  • Sociology 360 Community Rural & Urban Settings 3 hours
  • Sociology 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class, & Gender (E) 3 hours
  • Sociology 363 Population and Society 3 hours
  • Sociology 375 Diversity in American Society (E) 3 hours
  • Sociology 380 Penology 3 hours
  • Sociology 404 Qualitative Analysis 3 hours
  • Sociology 410 Socialization 3 hours
  • Sociology 432 Sociology of Criminal Law 3 hours
  • Sociology 434 Organized Crime 3 hours
  • Sociology 435 Family Violence 3 hours
  • Sociology 438 Victimology 3 hours
  • Sociology 439 Internship in Criminology 3 hours
  • Sociology 440 Medical Sociology 3 hours
  • Sociology 446 Gender, Crime and Justice 3 hours
  • Sociology 450 Occupations and Professions 3 hours
  • Sociology 451 White Collar Crime
  • Sociology 452 Social Change 3 hours
  • Sociology 460 Urban Sociology 3 hours
  • Sociology 466 Gender, Family, and Society 3 hours
  • Sociology 470 Environmental Sociology 3 hours
  • Sociology 494 Cooperative Education 3 hours
*For more information on the major in Sociology, visit the Sociology Department or contact Dr. Douglas Smith (Sociology) at douglas.smith@wku.edu or Vicki Armstrong at vicki.armstrong@wku.edu.
 Last Modified 7/19/13