Sociology Department

Who's Who in the Department of Sociology

Tracy Xavia Karner

Russell L. Curtis, Jr., Anthony Gary Dworkin, Helen Rose Ebaugh

Associate Professors:
Amanda Baumle, Tracy Xavia Karner, Shayne Lee, Jon Lorence, Tatcho Mindiola, Jr.

Assistant Professors:
Jennifer Augustine, Jessica Brown, Samantha Kwan


Sociology is the study of human life within group contexts, varying from small, intimate groups to large, complex organizations and societies. Since group interaction is a part of every individual's life, sociology is considered to be an essential part of a student's liberal education. Courses in the Department of Sociology emphasize an understanding of a broad range of subjects: the family, socialization, gender roles, work and occupations, deviance, minority groups, urban life, and so forth. In addition to these courses, students majoring in sociology receive a rigorous grounding in statistics and social research methodology, including experimental designs, sample survey designs, qualitative procedures stressing participant observation, and the application of methods to the study of concrete social problems.

The department also offers the Master of Arts degree, focused on applications of sociological knowledge to the analysis of significant issues confronting contemporary society, including those faced in industry, education, medicine, crime control agencies, and others.

Students majoring in sociology are prepared for roles as social researchers or as social practitioners in industry, government, education, and social services.

Recommended Courses for Pre-Law Training in Sociology

The Sociology Department recommends the following courses for meeting the various components of the University Core Curriculum, and the college and department requirements.

Please note that this information is not intended to preclude completion of other courses that may be offered on an irregular basis, such as selected topics courses, nor does it imply that completion of these courses alone will satisfy the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree requirements for graduation.

Three (3) hours of Math/Reasoning:

PHIL 1321. Logic I

Six (6) hours of core approved Social Sciences:

ANTH 1300. Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 2302. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ECON 2304. Microeconomic Principles
ECON 2305. Macroeconomic Principles
POLS 1333. Introduction to Political Science
POLS 3318. Introduction to Public Policy
PSYC 1300. Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2380. Introduction to Social Psychology

Six (6) hours of core approved Humanities:

PHIL 1305. Introduction to Ethics
POLS 3340. Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
POLS 3341. Political Thought from Machiavelli to the Renaissance
POLS 4346. Greek Political Thought

College Requirements

Nine (9) hours of Social Sciences in addition to the six hour core requirement: (Reminder: These 15 hours must be selected from three fields outside the major.)
POLS 3354. Law and Society
POLS 3355. Judicial Process
POLS 3356. Introduction to Constitutional Law
POLS 3357. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
POLS 3358. Judicial Behavior
POLS 3370. State Government and Politics
PSYC 3310. Industrial Organization Psychology
PSYC 4321. Abnormal Psychology

Departmental Requirements


SOC 3311. Sociology of Law
SOC 3312. Sociology of Deviance
SOC 3313. Criminology
SOC 3327. Racial and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.
SOC 3351. Social Class and Mobility in the U.S.


HIST 3312. Diplomatic History of the U.S. to 1898
HIST 3313. Diplomatic History of the U.S. Since 1898
HIST 3375. Law, Society and Morality

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Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: September 20, 2012