Chair:  Dr. Eric Carter (Eric_Carter@georgetowncollege.edu)

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, communities, and societies, and how people interact in these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the family to education; from crime to religion; from the divisions of race, social class, and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from environment and sustainability to the sociology of sports. Few fields have such a broad scope and relevance for research, theory, service, and the application of knowledge. The Sociology Department emphasizes engaged pedagogy, critical thinking, theoretical and methodological understanding, service learning, and the application of theory to practice.

(B.A. degree) Thirty-three hours required in Sociology including: SOC 111 or SOC 118, SOC 302, SOC 395, SOC 397, and SOC 450. Choose eighteen additional hours from other course work. The department recommends (but does not require) the following courses for majors: SOC 304, SOC 373, HIS 331, MAT 111, PSY 260, POS 321, ENG 316 and PHI 335.

Major in Sociology with Social and Criminal Justice Emphasis
Student earning an emphasis in Social and Criminal Justice explore historical and contemporary issues surrounding the criminal justice issues. The Social and Criminal Justice focus prepares students for work within the criminal justice system or affiliated agencies by bridging the “professional” field criminology/criminal justice with the liberal arts, specifically sociology, by offering a perspective of and experience with, building a more just society.

(B.A. degree) Thirty-six hours required in Sociology including: SOC 111 or SOC 118, SOC 302, SOC 395, SOC 397, and SOC 450. The Social and Criminal Justice emphasis requires students to take the following 12 hours in Social and Criminal Justice: SOC 121, SOC 311, SOC 328, and SOC 403. The department recommends (but does not require) the following courses for majors with a Social and Criminal Justice emphasis: SOC 220, SOC 322, SOC 324, SOC 326, SOC 373, SOC 380, SOC 390, and SOC 460.

Major in Sociology with Sustainable Community Development Emphasis
Students earning an emphasis in Sustainable Community Development examine issues of inequality and social transformation in the local, regional, and global communities in order to bring marginalized groups back to the table (or maybe to the table for the first time), but it is about building dialogue and collaboration across groups. The Sustainable Community Development focus prepares students with applied sociological fieldwork and service learning engagements in order to prepare change-agents who, as advocates for the marginalized, can serve as catalysts for change through their experience addressing social inequalities.

(B.A. degree) Thirty-six hours required in Sociology including: SOC 111 or SOC 118, SOC 302, SOC 395, SOC 397, and SOC 450. The Sustainable Community Development emphasis requires students to take 12 hours in Sustainable Community Development courses including SOC 400 and SOC 408, and six additional hours from the following courses: SOC 211, SOC 220, SOC 306, SOC 335, SOC 355, SOC 365, SOC 405, SOC 415, SOC 420, SOC 435, and SOC 460.

MINORS

Sociology Minor (18 hours)
For a Sociology Minor, eighteen semester hours are required in Sociology includes SOC 111 or 118.

Social and Criminal Justice Minor (18 hours)
For a Social and Criminal Justice Minor, eighteen semester hours are required in Sociology including: SOC 121 and SOC 328. Choose twelve additional hours from the following courses: SOC 220, SOC 302, SOC 304, SOC 311, SOC 322, SOC 324, SOC 326, SOC 373, SOC 380, SOC 390, SOC 403, and SOC 460. The department recommends (but does not require) SOC 220, SOC 311, SOC 322, SOC 324, SOC 326, SOC 373, SOC 403, and SOC 460.

Sustainable Community Development Minor (18 hours)
For a Sustainable Community Development Minor, eighteen semester hours required in Sociology, including SOC 111 or SOC 118, SOC 400, and SOC 408. Choose nine additional hours from the following courses: SOC 211, SOC 220, SOC 306, SOC 335, SOC 355, SOC 365, SOC 405, SOC 415, SOC 420, SOC 435, and SOC 460. The department recommends (but does not require) SOC 306, SOC 405, SOC 420, and SOC 460 from the above list for Sustainable Community Development minors.