Sociology is the study of the influence of groups on behavior, attitudes, opinions, and social events. It is a discipline that focuses on all group types and levels, ranging from small, personal groups and their everyday interactions to huge multi-national corporations and complex societies. Sociology seeks answers to such diverse questions as, “How does the interaction between students and teacher in the classroom create a supportive or non-supportive atmosphere for learning?” “What are the general societal conditions which may lead to such crises as wars and revolutions?” “Why are people living within one group more likely to commit suicide than are people who live in another group?”
The department of sociology strives to provide students with a broad liberal arts preparation that will give them an understanding of our society, the world in which we live, as well as a solid base for many career paths.
To fulfill this mission, the sociology department, through courses, field experiences, and internships will teach its students about the sociological perspective and the different theoretical orientations within the field, about the different subfields of sociology, and sociological methods. Students will also be instructed in the skills required to identify, analyze, and interpret social phenomena, to evaluate sociological writing and research, and to conduct their own research and writing.
As a result of this training, upon graduation students will be able to apply the sociological perspective to the world in which they live, to conduct research, and to express themselves analytically about sociological phenomena. Students will be prepared for graduate school or employment in a variety of fields in the human services, law enforcement, the business world, and governmental agencies.
Available Sociology Tracks
- Social Work
Every human being is born into a group and spends a lifetime in patterned social relations. Sociology studies how people together create these relations and what the consequences of these relations are. Thus, sociology can provide individuals with an understanding of how the groups they are a part of influence their lives.
By viewing ourselves in the group context, we can become aware of how our lives are intertwined with those of others and how we are affected by the society in which we live.
Sociologists are often interested in understanding and explaining the major social problems that plague societies in which they live and study. By getting at the roots of such problems as poverty, racism, disintegration of the nuclear family, crime, and delinquency, sociology can help those who are interested in solving such problems to develop ideas for change and more effective social policies.
Sociology can also be of practical use in preparing individuals for careers in such fields as social work, conducting social scientific research, teaching sociology and social studies, human resources, human relations in industry, public relations, social service, community planning, and law enforcement.
Sociology at Franklin College
The sociology major is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the discipline so that they may have the choice of pursuing a job upon graduation or continuing on to graduate school in sociology, social work, criminal justice, or related areas.
Students are required to take several courses which cover the fundamentals of the discipline (Introduction to Sociology, methods, organizations, and interpersonal relations). In addition, they can choose courses from a number of offerings.
There is also the opportunity to take advantage of Winter Term and summer internships, which allow students first-hand experience in job situations in their field, as well as an opportunity to develop and practice learned skills. Students may also enroll in internships for credit during regular semesters.
Internships allow students to work in various settings including youth shelters, drug prevention programs, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations. If students wish to conduct more in-depth research on a topic of interest, they may enroll in an individualized study.
By studying sociology at Franklin College, students will have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty who have a genuine commitment to teaching. Classes are small and students have ample opportunity to get to know their professors and pursue projects in which they may be personally interested. The experience gained during Winter Term allows students practical experience, helping them decide on the direction they want to pursue and in some cases many job offers. The strength of other programs, such as journalism, business, and computer science, can offer additional opportunities to a sociology major or minor.
A strong curriculum, small class size, talented and accessible professors, and a rich tradition of quality liberal arts education make Franklin College an excellent place to study sociology and prepare for a career.
NPL 222 - Social Problems and Nonprofit Responses 4 creditsAn analysis of the nature, causes and responses to social and cultural problems such as hunger, homeless, illiteracy, drug addiction, or domestic violence. Attention will be paid to framing of these phenomena as problems. Will also address major role of the nonprofit sector in alleviating these problems with attention to effectiveness of service programs. Spring, even. No pre-req.
NPL 315 - Nonprofit Leadership Capstone 4 creditsThis course provides an integrative experience linking the student?s leadership skills and liberal arts preparation to the learning in her/his major field of study. Specifically, the capstone experience will involve direct student participation working with a non-profit organization and that organization?s board. Students in the course must develop a project(s) to be carried out with the non-profit. The project will culminate with a public event or presentation. The capstone project must be reviewed and approved by the course instructor and at least one representative of the Engaged Learning Team. Total course experience brings opportunity to think independently, lead responsibly, and serve with integrity. Same as NPL/LEA/LA 315. Satisfies LA 315 Liberal Arts Capstone. Prerequisite: NPL/SOC 230 and all other LA courses. Spring, odd academic years.
SOC 118 - Introduction to Sociology 4 creditsMethods, theories, principles, and concepts that have resulted from the scientific analysis of human interaction. Emphasis is given to the structural and cultural aspects of society and to the complex ways in which various environments influence human development and behavior. Not an appropriate exploratory course for junior and senior non-majors. Prerequisite for most other courses in sociology. Satisfies social sciences exploratory requirement. Fall and spring.
SOC 210 - Criminal Justice 4 creditsHistorical and philosophical background, structure, functions, and operation of the criminal justice system in the United States. Introduction to and principles of formal behavior control mechanisms. Satisfies the diversity exploratory requirement. Prerequisite: SOC 118. Fall.
SOC 220 - Gerontology 4 creditsAn analysis of the process of aging, which will utilize social, psychological, and structural approaches to gain an understanding of the unique problems which confront the elderly in modern society. Course goals also include the development or refinement of specific skills and techniques for studying or working with older adults through a substantive experiential learning component. Same as PSY 220. Prerequisite: PSY 117 or SOC 118. Spring, odd academic years.
SOC 221 - Marriage and the Family 4 creditsThe institutions of marriage and family are explored. Special consideration is given to the social, cultural, and economic forces that influence trends in family structure and family functioning. Cross-cultural and subcultural comparisons are often made to show the socially constructed aspects of family. Prerequisite: SOC 118. Fall, odd academic years.
SOC 222 - Social Problems and Nonprofit Responses 4 creditsAn analysis of the nature, causes and responses to social and cultural problems such as hunger, homeless, illiteracy, drug addiction, or domestic violence. Attention will be paid to framing of these phenomena as problems. Will also address major role of the nonprofit sector in alleviating these problems with attention to effectiveness of service programs. Spring, even. No pre-req.
SOC 224 - Basic Applied Statistics 3 creditsAn introduction to statistical reasoning for students in life and social sciences using the computer as a tool to analyze data. Data reduction, probability concepts, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, estimation, chi-square, t-test, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and some non-parametric tests are included. Same as MAT/PSY 224. Students cannot receive credit for both. Prerequisite: CMP 130, LA 103, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 135, or MAT 181 or placement in MAT 135/181. Fall and Spring.
SOC 227 - Inquiry in the Social Sciences 3 creditsThis course will introduce students to qualitative and quantitative research. Students will learn to ask and answer questions as a social scientist and apply these skills to explore a contemporary topic. Students will also learn how to format research papers and analyze data. Students should take this course before taking advanced social science research courses. Prerequisites: POL 110 or POL 120 or POL 130 or SOC 118 or consent of instructors. Fall.
SOC 230 - Introduction to Nonprofits 4 creditsThis course provides an overview of the nonprofit sector in American society. Attention will be given to the widely varied roles that nonprofit organizations play in responding to social issues and the interplay between nonprofits, business and government in this broad mission. Students will be introduced to the functions and operation of a nonprofit organization including program development and measurement, fundraising, volunteer management, board governance and management of staff and finances. Fall.
SOC 240 - Sociology of Sport 4 creditsIn this course, students will: (1) study the history of sports; (2) examine how people use sports to socialize adults and children; (3) investigate corruption in sports (e.g., cheating, gambling, and winning at all costs); and (4) study stratification in sports, particularly racial, class, and gender inequalities in American athletics. By taking this critical approach, students will learn a great deal about progress, inside and outside of sports. Spring, even academic years.
SOC 300 - Topics in Sociology 1 creditsA topic of current interest in sociology will be taught. Topics will vary depending on faculty interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs. Prerequisite: SOC 118.
SOC 315 - Nonprofit Leadership Capstone 4 creditsThis course provides an integrative experience linking the student?s leadership skills and liberal arts preparation to the learning in her/his major field of study. Specifically, the capstone experience will involve direct student participation working with a non-profit organization and that organization?s board. Students in the course must develop a project(s) to be carried out with the non-profit. The project will culminate with a public event or presentation. The capstone project must be reviewed and approved by the course instructor and at least one representative of the Engaged Learning Team. Total course experience brings opportunity to think independently, lead responsibly, and serve with integrity. Same as NPL/LEA/LA 315. Satisfies LA 315 Liberal Arts Capstone. Prerequisite: NPL/SOC 230 and all other LA courses. Spring, odd academic years.
SOC 319 - Gender and Sexualities 4 creditsThis course provides an overview of theoretical and empirical work in the sociology of sex, gender, and sexuality. The course will also address various facets of the subject including ways that social, cultural, and legal status influence individual experiences and outcomes. Attention is paid to the social construction/control of gender, transgender, and multiple sexualities. Same as WST 319. Prerequisite: SOC 118. Fall, even academic years.
SOC 321 - Criminology 4 creditsA study of the social, cultural, and psychological process involved in the creation of deviance; attention is given to the nature of criminal law, to the various forms of social control which society uses in its attempts to cope with and prevent crime, and to the consequences of social typing on those so typed. Prerequisite: SOC 118 or consent of instructor. Spring.
SOC 323 - Organizations 4 creditsAn introduction to the study of formal or complex organizations; the variables which affect the structure of formal organizations; types of organizations, the relationship between formal and informal organization and alternative organizations. Prerequisite: SOC 118 or consent of instructor. Spring.
SOC 325 - Social Stratification 4 creditsAn examination and analysis of major concepts, theories, methods, and research findings in the field of social stratification. Stratification is presented as a result of unequal distribution of everyday life necessities such as social and political power, land, food, and shelter. Satisfies intercultural exploratory requirements. Prerequisite: SOC 118. Spring.
SOC 330 - Global Transformations 4 creditsThis course examines the historical, political and economic factors contributing to globalization, as well as the social consequences of recent political, economic and environmental change. It focuses in particular on how new forms of global production and networking are transforming the traditional role of the nation-state, creating new dynamics of wealth distribution in the global economy, influencing international migration patterns. Additionally, it examines the way in which globalization processes are generating new sources of social conflict and collective action, including transnational social movements. Spring, even. Prerequisite: SOC 118.
SOC 340 - Corrections 4 creditsHistory, philosophy, practice, and evaluation of noncustodial and custodial sanctions in formal social control systems. This course studies a wide range of correctional treatments such as diversion programs and restorative justice, probation/parole and intermediate sanctions, incarceration, and the death penalty. Special attention will be given to juvenile corrections and cross-cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: SOC 210 or SOC 321. Fall.
SOC 365 - Social Work 4 creditsThis course will provide students with: (1) a background in the history and scope of social work; (2) a grounding in the mission and values of the profession; (3) a familiarity with the varied environments and different levels of systems in which social workers operate and (4) a working knowledge of the various methods and practices social workers use at different system levels. Prerequisite: SOC 118. Social work track juniors and seniors only. Spring, odd academic years.
SOC 422 - Sociological Theory 4 creditsA consideration of the nature and purpose of sociological theory and its relationship to empirical research. The course will consider the theories of major sociological thinkers, past and present. Students should take this course during the junior year. Prerequisite: A minimum of nine semester hours in upper level sociology courses or instructor?s consent. Fall.
SOC 425 - Research Methods I 4 creditsAn introduction to the design and methods employed in modern sociological research. Students are required to plan a research project and to conduct an intensive review of the literature on that topic. Prerequisites: seniors with at least 12 hours of sociology or consent of instructor. Fall.
SOC 427 - Research Methods II 4 creditsContinued consideration of the design and methods employed in modern sociological research begun in SOC 425. Students are required to carry out the research project proposed in SOC 425, under the supervision of the instructor. Prerequisites: PSY 224; SOC 422, and 425. Spring.
SOC 482 - Sociology Practicum 1 creditsA thoughtful written reflection on either an internship or on SOC 345 projects. Designed to provide students the opportunity to communicate their sociological interpretations of a real-world learning experience. This course meets the senior year portfolio requirement for graduation. Spring.
SOC 490 - Sociology Independent Study 1 creditsCourses are designed to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program. Normally the subject is not sufficiently or appropriately covered in departmental course offerings. Departmental consent.
SOC 499 - Senior Competency Practicum 0 creditsStudents are required to take a written exam which consists of three essay questions on application of sociological concepts, sociological theory, and social methods, as well as additional three questions in more specified areas of sociology such as organizations, social psychology, marriage and family, stratification, etc. A grade of C- or better is required for graduation.
WST 101 - Introduction to Women`s Studies 4 creditsAn overview of major issues raised by the range of women?s situations and experiences in Western and non-Western societies. An examination of analytical perspectives that feminist critics in a variety of disciplines use to explore these issues. Satisfies social sciences exploratory requirements. Spring, even academic years.
WST 300 - Topics in Women's Studies 3 creditsA topic of current interest in women?s studies will be taught. Topics will vary according to faculty interest. Course will be offered upon request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs and the director of women?s studies.
WST 319 - Gender and Sexualities 4 creditsThis course provides an overview of theoretical and empirical work in the sociology of sex, gender, and sexuality. The course will also address various facets of the subject including ways that social, cultural, and legal status influence individual experiences and outcomes. Attention is paid to the social construction/control of gender, transgender, and multiple sexualities. Same as SOC 319. Prerequisite: SOC 118. Fall, even academic years.
Past internship for sociology majors include:
- Sony Pictures Television International
- Indianapolis Police Department
- Franklin Police Department
- Reach For Youth
- Girls Inc. of Johnson County
- Johnson Co. Juvenile Probation
- Martinsville Police Department
- Indianapolis Fire Department
- Johnson Co. Adult Probation
- Johnson Co. Circuit Court