Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Sociology Majors

Bachelor of Science with a major in Sociology

The major in sociology requires the successful completion of 33 credit hours in the discipline, 18 of which must be at the 300\400 level. All majors must take introduction to sociology, a 3-credit hour course that counts for general education credit, but not toward the 33 hours needed to complete the sociology major.

Students majoring in sociology are required to complete a 21-credit-hour core and choose four electives or one course each from a list of four options. In addition, sociology majors must choose one of three tracks: general sociology; criminology; or society, environment, and technology. Consult with your advisor about which track fits best with academic and career goals. The choice of tracks affects choice of elective courses.

You should also know: A grade of at least a C (not C-) must be earned in the core courses, and a GPA of at least 2.00 must be earned in all courses that comprise the major.

All students majoring in sociology are required to prepare a portfolio for "SOC 494: Seminar: Sociology Senior Seminar." The table of contents must specify the title of each entry and the course for which the assignment was written. The portfolio must include a letter discussing its contents. The contents must include five assignments that, when taken together, demonstrate that the student:

  1. Understands and can apply the classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives in sociology;
  2. Can analyze personal and societal issues using a sociological framework (theories, concepts, or perspectives);
  3. Is able to articulate a meaningful research question, specify a design, collect relevant data to answer that question and discuss implications;
  4. Has explored an issue related to socio-cultural diversity;
  5. Can demonstrate a basic statistical literacy needed to read, critique and present research findings;
  6. Sees their major as meaningfully informed by transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration;
  7. Has engaged in at least two experiential learning endeavors such as a co-op, study abroad, applied research, or community engagement that serve as resume items.

Degree Requirements: B.S. – Sociology

SOC 100

Introduction to Sociology

3

TOTAL PREREQUISITE CREDITS

3

Core Courses in Sociology

Credits

Select two courses from the following:

SOC 319

Managing and Analyzing Databases

 

SOC 320

Social Research

 

SOC 322

Qualitative Research Methods

6

SOC 330

Classical Sociological Theory

3

SOC 334

Contemporary Sociological Theory

3

Select one course from the following:

SOC 303

Social Psychology

 

SOC 305

Criminology

3

Select one course from the following:

SOC 307

Social Stratification

 

SOC 340

Population

3

SOC 494

Seminar: Sociology Senior Seminar

3

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

21

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

 

 

General Sociology Track

Credits

Social Institutions – select one course from the following:

SOC 308

Social Organization

 

SOC 315

Marriage and the Family

 

SOC 355

Sociology of the Environment

 

SOC 357

Guns and Society

3

SOC 430

Sociology of Religion

 

SOC 450

Medical Sociology

 

SOC 488

Sociology of Law

 

Power and Inequality – select one course from the following:

SOC 300

Race and Ethnic Relations

 

SOC 301

World Patterns of Race Ethnicity

 

SOC 307

Social Stratification

 

SOC 335

Popular Culture

3

SOC 364

Women and Men in Society

 

SOC 369

Sex Crimes

 

SOC 425

Political Sociology

 

SOC 485

Sociology of Global Issues

 

People, Places, and the Lifecycle – select one course from the following:

SOC 202

Juvenile Delinquency

 

SOC 303

Social Psychology

 

SOC 318

Sociology of Work and Occupations

 

SOC 340

Population

 

SOC 342

Sociology of Aging

 

SOC 345

Native American Social Issues

3

SOC 350

Women and Crime

 

SOC 400

Urban Society

 

SOC 435

Sociology of Sexualities

 

SOC 480

Global Aging Issues and Policies

 

Social Issues and Social Change – select one course from the following:

SOC 205

Current Social Issues

 

SOC 305

Criminology

 

SOC 332

Collective Behavior and Social Movements

 

SOC 360

Technology and Social Change

3

SOC 370

The Sociology of Surveillance

 

SOC 380

Elite Deviance

 

SOC 381

Deviance and Social Control

 

SOC 415

Sociology of Planning and Development

 

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

12

Total Core Credits

21

TOTAL CREDITS

33

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

 

 

Criminology Track

Credits

Social Institutions

SOC 357

Guns and Society

3

Power and Inequality – select one course from the following:

SOC 300

Race and Ethnic Relations

 

SOC 301

World Patterns of Race Ethnicity

 

SOC 307

Social Stratification

 

SOC 335

Popular Culture

3

SOC 364

Women and Men in Society

 

SOC 369

Sex Crimes

 

SOC 425

Political Sociology

 

People, Places, and the Lifecycle

SOC 350

Women and Crime

3

Social Issues and Social Change

SOC 305

Criminology

3

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

12

Total Core Credits

21

TOTAL CREDITS

33

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

 

 

Society, Environment, and Technology Track

Credits

Social Institutions

SOC 355

Sociology of the Environment

3

Power and Inequality – select one course from the following:

SOC 300

Race and Ethnic Relations

 

SOC 301

World Patterns of Race Ethnicity

 

SOC 307

Social Stratification

 

SOC 335

Popular Culture

3

SOC 364

Women and Men in Society

 

SOC 425

Political Sociology

 

SOC 485

Sociology of Global Issues

 

People, Places and Lifecycle

SOC 340

Population

3

Social Issues and Social Change – select one course from the following:

SOC 360

Technology and Social Change

 

SOC 415

Sociology of Planning and Development

3

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

12

Total Core Credits

21

TOTAL CREDITS

33

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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration

Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Appendices

Kentucky Residency

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