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Undergraduate Major in Sociology

Though many differences can be identified among individuals, each of us lives with others in a society. In fact, it is through our daily social interactions that we create, sustain, and change the very essence of society. Sociology studies all aspects of life in a society, how it both shapes and is shaped by people. Using the scientific process, sociologists answer questions such as:

  • Why do jobs vanish from one area and appear somewhere else?
  • What social influences enable prejudice?
  • What alternatives to the nuclear family exist, and how prevalent are they?
  • How has an increased number of elderly people impacted life in the U. S.?
  • Is this still a country where hardworking people can get ahead?
  • How are intimate relationships around the world different?
  • Why does a person join a social movement and advocate for social change?

Students studying Sociology develop the ability to answer these questions, and understand the limitations of their conclusions. The skills you need to succeed in a 21st century career include creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, communication, collaboration, multicultural and global understandings, and expressive and persuasive writing skills. Because career advancement in an increasingly diverse, global society requires the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people from different cultures, ethnicities and nationalities, sociological coursework is uniquely suited to help you develop such skills. With a degree in Sociology, students have a foundation for both understanding and working in a globalizing world.

We offer three degree paths to complete the Sociology major.  Students can pursue the General Major without Concentration or choose one of the following Concentrations:  Inequality & Social Change, Community Enviornment & Development, or Family Gender & Sexuality.

The General Major without Concentration
Required Coursework (16 hours)

SOCL 100:  Introductory Sociology*
SOCL 210: Interaction: Self and Society* OR SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*
SOCL 300:Using Statistics in Sociology*
SOCL 302: Social Research Methods*
SOCL 304: Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society*
SOCL 499: Senior Seminar

Elective Coursework (15 hours)

SOCL 210 Interaction Self and Society*; SOCL 220 Marriage & Family*; SOCL 240Global Social Problems*; SOCL 245Sociology of Popular Culture; SOCL 270 Introduction to Community, Environment, and Development; SOCL 310 Behavior in Small Groups; SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements; SOCL 322 Religion in Society*; SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport*; SOCL 342Aging in Society*; SOCL 345 Sociology of  Popular Music; SOCL 346 Special Topics; SOCL 350 Systems of Social Inequality; SOCL 352 Technology, Work & Society*; SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender; SOCL 360The Community in Rural & Urban Settings*; SOCL 362 Social Institutions: Race, Class & Gender*; SOCL 363 Population, Society, & Development; SOCL 372 Human Wildlife Conflict; SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society*; SOCL 376 Sociology of Globalization; SOCL 389 Stigma and Society; SOCL 402 Evaluation Research Tech.; SOCL 404Qualitative Research Methods; SOCL 408 Survey Applications; SOCL 410 Socialization; SOCL 440 Sociology of Health and Illness; SOCL 442 Sociology Research Project; SOCL 450Occupations & Professions; SOCL 452 Social Change; SOCL 455 Theory & Practice of Comm. Development; SOCL 466Gender, Family & Society; SOCL 470Environmental Sociology; SOCL 480 Sociology of Agri-Foods Systems; SOCL 489 Sociology Study Abroad; SOCL 494 Internship in Sociology; SOCL 495 Directed Study


SOCL 309 Social Deviance*; CRIM 330 Criminology*; CRIM 332 Juvenile Delinquency*; SOCL 359Sexuality and Society; CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime; CRIM 380 Penology*; CRIM 432Sociology of Criminal Law; CRIM 434 Organized Crime; SOCL 435Family Violence; CRIM 438 Victimology*; CRIM 446 Gender, Crime & Justice; CRIM 447 Life-Course Criminology; CRIM 448 International Justice and Crime; CRIM 451 White Collar Crime

Sociology Major with Concentration

For students who desire to specialize in sub-disciplines of Sociology, the major may also be taken with a concentration in one of three areas.

Sociology Major With Concentration in Inequality and Social Change (SISC)


Required Course:

CSJ 200:  Introduction to Social Justice

Select three courses from the following:

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems*; SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements; SOCL 350:  Systems of Social Inequality; SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender; CRIM 361 Race, Class, & Crime; SOCL 362:  Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender; SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society*; SOCL 376Sociology of Globalization; SOCL 440 Medical Sociology; CRIM 446 Gender, Crime, & Justice; SOCL 452 Social Change; SOCL 466 Gender, Family, & Society

Sociology Major With Concentration in Community, Environment, & Development (SCED)

Required Course:

SOCL 270 Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development

Select three courses from the following:

ENV/GEO 280 Environmental Sustainability; DCS 300 Public Problem Solving; SOCL 312Collective Behavior & Social Movements; SOCL 350Systems of Social Inequality; SOCL 360 The Community in Rural & Urban Settings*; SOCL 363 Population, Society, & Development; SOCL 372Human-Wildlife Conflict; SOCL 452 Social Change; SOCL 455 Theory & Practice of Community Development; SOCL 470 Environmental Sociology; SOCL 480 Sociology of Agri-Food Systems orANTH 338 Foodways orGEOG 378 Food Culture & Environment

Sociology Major With Concentration in Family, Gender, & Sexuality (SFGS)




SOCL 220 Marriage & Family*

Select three courses from the following:

SOCL 342 Aging in Society *; SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender; SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society; SOCL 362 Race, Class, & Gender*; SOCL 410 Socialization; SOCL 435 Family Violence*; CRIM 446 Gender, Crime, & Justice; SOCL 466 Gender, Family, & Society

Each concentration should also select two non-duplicative courses from the courses above or the list of electives under the electives on the general sociology list.

 For more information contact: Dr. Holli Drummond, Department Head
270.745.2259 holli.drummond@wku.edu

*Available by correspondence. Contact: WKU office of Independent Learning, Garrett Conference Center Room 101 270.745.4158.



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