Sociology Major and Minor Requirements

Department: Sociology
Department Chair: J. Jimerson
Department Members:  C. Crane, J. Jimerson, Z. Tang

Major: Sociology (Optional Track: Criminal Justice)
Minors: Nonprofit Leadership, Sociology

Sociology students study how people interact. They also learn how social interactions influence individual actions (such as suicide) and vice versa. By learning to scientifically analyze, evaluate, and interpret social phenomena, students gain skills that will benefit themselves and others.

The Franklin College Department of Sociology teaches students the fundamentals of sociology. First, Introduction to Sociology presents news ways of looking at the world. Next, intermediate courses teach students to analyze institutions, such as Marriage and Family, as well as phenomena, such as Stratification. In our final courses, such as Sociological Theory and Research Methods, students learn to integrate and apply what they have learned. These courses prepare sociology students for a variety activities and careers by giving them a deep and a broad education.

Sociology students may also specialize in Criminal Justice or Nonprofit Leadership. To specialize in Criminal Justice, students must take Criminal Justice, Criminology, Corrections, and related courses. To specialize in Nonprofit Leadership, they must take Introduction to Nonprofits, Social Problems and Nonprofit Responses, and the Nonprofit Leadership Capstone in addition to other courses. These courses prepare students for more specific careers.

Finally, sociology students participate in professional development activities, internships, and other co-curricular or community-based experiences. Sociology students obtain skills that give them competitive advantages over others.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. 

Sociology Major
Core requirements
SOC 118 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 224 Basic Applied Statistics
SOC 227 Inquiry in the Social Sciences
SOC 422 Sociological Theory
SOC 425 Research Methods I
SOC 427 Research Methods II
SOC 499 Senior Comp Practicum

One course from each of the following categories
Category A
SOC 319 Gender and Sexualities
SOC 325 Social Stratification
SOC 330 Global Transformations

Category B
SOC 230 Introduction to Nonprofits
SOC 221 Marriage and Family
SOC 323 Organizations
SOC 340 Corrections

Category C
SOC 220 Gerontology
SOC 222 Social Problems and Nonprofit Responses
SOC 321 Criminology

Senior Year Experience
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship
SNT 489 Senior Year Internship
SOC 482 Sociology Practicum

Related Field requirements
Note: Students who declare a minor (in Nonprofit Leadership or any other minor) OR the Criminal Justice Track do NOT need additional related field requirements.  Students who do NOT declare one of these options must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours 200-level or above from a related field defined in consultation with his/her advisor and approved by the Registrar.  A grade of C- or better is required for all related field courses.

Sociology Major: Criminal Justice Track
Core requirements
Same as for the sociology major listed on preceding page minus the related field requirements

All of the following courses
POL 110 American National Government*
POL 420 American Constitutional Law II
SOC 210 Criminal Justice
SOC 321 Criminology
SOC 340 Corrections

One of the following courses
POL 225 State and Local Government
POL 275 Law and Politics in American Society
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 320 Social Psychology
SOC 323 Organizations

Sociology Minor
Core Requirements
SOC 118 Introduction to Sociology

Four additional SOC courses, two of which must be 300-level or higher

Nonprofit Leadership Minor
Core Requirements
BUS 101 Introduction to the Business Mindset
LEA 100 Introduction to Personal Leadership Skills
NPL 222 Social Problems & Nonprofit Responses
NPL 230 Introduction to Nonprofits
NPL 315 Nonprofit Leadership Capstone

One of the following courses
BUS 371 Operations Management
LEA course number 200-level or higher
SOC 323 Organizations

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