Sociology Major and Minor Requirements

Department: Sociology 
Department Chair: J. Jimerson 
Department Members: 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 Sociology Department 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, Sociological Theory and Research Methods, students integrate and apply what they have learned. These courses prepare sociology students for careers and citizenship by giving them a deep and 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 careers in helping professions. 

Finally, sociology majors must participate in professional development activities, internships, and other co-curricular or community-based experiences. Sociology prepares students for life after college. 

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 Power, Wealth, and Poverty 
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 
All courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. 

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 

Women’s Studies Individualized Minor 

Department: Sociology/History 
Director: M. Clark-Wiltz 

Students can minor in Women’s Studies by proposing a personalized 15-credit hour plan. This plan includes WST 101 (required), Introduction to Women’s Studies, and courses and coursework in other disciplines that focus on issues of relevance to women’s studies (e.g., Women and Leadership, Women Photojournalists). Upon approval and completion of the proposed individualized plan, the minor appears on the student’s transcript. 

A journalism major with an interest in women’s studies might propose the following: 
WST 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies (4 hours) 
WST/SOC 319 Gender and Sexualities (4 hours) 
WST/MMJ 490 Independent Study/Advertising to the Woman (1 -2 hours) 
PLUS: 5-6 hours in other Journalism courses where work focuses on women/gender 

Revised 11-23-21