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Areas

An area of specialization is optional. Majors and minors with specific career aspirations may wish to concentrate course selections in one of the following areas:

Undergraduate Catalogue

Criminology/Corrections

Studies the nature of criminal law, the causes and consequences of criminal behavior, and the ways in which society deals with criminal offenders. Criminology is excellent preparation for careers in both the adult and juvenile justice systems, including police departments, court systems, and the probation and corrections networks within each. Electives include, but are not limited to:

  • SOC 3160 Minority Groups
  • SOC 3190 Alchohol and Public Policy
  • SOC 3400 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC 3410 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 4410 Criminology
  • SOC 4420 Crime and Punishment
  • SOC 4610 Sociology of Family Violence

Family and Social Services

Prepares students for careers in agencies responsible for the planning, delivery and administration of services, and resources for the well-being of individuals and families. Coursework provides a framework for understanding family dynamics produced from social and individual variables including gender, age, race, and class and the interactions of those dynamics with social institutions generally and human service programs in particular. Electives include, but are not limited to:

  • SOC 3130 Fertility and Family Planning
  • SOC 3160 Minority Groups
  • SOC 3170 Social Stratification and Poverty
  • SOC 3190 Alchohol and Public Policy
  • SOC 3410 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 3610 The Family
  • SOC 4040 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 4170 Sociology of Sport
  • SOC 4600 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 4610 Sociology of Family Violence

Population Studies

Examines the composition of human populations, communities, and organizations as they adapt to their environments. The curriculum provides a breadth of training for careers in business planning, labor-force analysis and economic development. Population analysts are employed in all levels of government and private business. Electives include, but are not limited to:

  • SOC 3120 Population and Society
  • SOC 3130 Minority Groups
  • SOC 3160 Minority Groups
  • SOC 3610 The Family
  • SOC 4040 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 4140 Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 4190 Population and Development

Other areas

Students should consult the department's undergraduate adviser for the planning of other specializations (e.g., prelaw, social-science education) or for individual planned programs.

Other programs

A combination psychology/sociology major is offered in the College of Education and Human Development.