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Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It is an expanding field that addresses challenging issues such as family dynamics, inequality, patterns of behavior, and forces for social change and resistance. Sociologists' research can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life, from crime to corporate downsizing.


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An interdisciplinary minor in Gerontology, offered through the Aging Studies Program, is designed for students pursuing a career working with or for the older adult population. Students examine the biological, psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives which influence the status of the aging individual in society.

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Interviewing retired Americans abroad

Masters student Sherri Marquez will be conducting interviews in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico during June and July of 2019.  These interviews are for her qualitative exploratory study, “Aging in Place: An Exploratory Study of Older U.S. Citizens Who have Retired in Mexico", which examines how retirees from United States cope and/or adjust to their new and foreign environment.

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Graduates can work in aging/youth services, health services, community work, criminology/corrections, government services, and teaching.

千蠃官网国际网址Occupational fields also include social research, teaching, personnel, industrial relations, journalism, applied sociology or anthropology, religion, gerontology, foreign service, and social and cultural research.

千蠃官网国际网址Expertise in a specific subject may be crucial to an employer, such as aging, adolescence, demography, community organization, crime and law, health care, marriage and family, sexuality, poverty, religion, work and occupations, and race and ethnic relations.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Government/international agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses/consulting firms
  • Universities and colleges

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千蠃官网国际网址MTSU has a major in Sociology leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers four minors including Anthropology, Criminology, Family Studies, and Sociology. Department faculty members coordinate interdisciplinary minors in Archaeology, Asian Studies, International Media Studies, and Native American Studies.

A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Sociology is offered.

Sociological Spectrum千蠃官网国际网址 is the official journal of the Mid-South Sociological Association. It is a refereed interdisciplinary social science journal that publishes theoretical, methodological, quantitative and qualitative substantive research, and applied research articles in the areas of sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and political science.

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Sociology (B.A.)

Sociology, B.A.

  
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千蠃官网国际网址Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It is an expanding field that addresses challenging issues such as family dynamics, inequality, patterns of behavior, and forces for social change and resistance. Sociologists' research can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life, from crime to corporate downsizing.

Students must receive at least a C in each required course. Ideally students should take , , and  early in the academic program, but no later than the junior year and prior to enrolling in  which should be completed during the senior year. In consultation with the student's advisor, the remaining 12 hours of electives may be organized into an emphasis. Possible emphases include, but are not limited to, social inequalities, deviance and social control, work and family, and health and aging.

Academic Map

千蠃官网国际网址Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址 requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Science categories.

千蠃官网国际网址The following courses are recommended for the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • SOC 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1530 (Math) (recommended)

Major Requirements (34 hours)

  • SOC 1010 - Introductory Sociology  3 credit hours  

    SOC 3040 - Research Methods

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Issues and strategies used by sociologists in their scientific studies and in their applied work in society.

  • SOC 3050 - Data Analysis  4 credit hours  

    SOC 3050 - Data Analysis

    4 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Analysis, interpretation, and reporting of social science data. Incorporates the use of a statistical package such as SPSS or SAS. Offers fundamental applied research skills for the job market. Laboratory required.

  • SOC 3060 - Sociological Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 2010. Theoretical foundations of sociology with emphasis on the major theories in sociology and their development. Addresses diverse intellectual traditions in both classical and contemporary theory.

  • SOC 4980 - Senior Seminar in Sociology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: At least 18 hours of sociology, including SOC 1010, SOC 3040, SOC 3050, SOC 3060, and senior standing. Integrates coursework in the major through coverage of theory and method, analysis of critical issues, and applications to modern society.

  • Sociology electives 12 credit hours

Institution and Sociology Imagination

Choose 3 credit hours from the following:

  • SOC 4050 - Sociology of Families

    3 credit hours

    Analysis of the family as a social institution with an emphasis on contemporary trends and diversity.

  • SOC 4100 - Work in the 21st Century

    3 credit hours

    Examines work, occupations, and workplaces in the U.S. including history, globalization, and various social inequalities created and reproduced through work.

  • SOC 4360 - Medical Sociology  3 credit hours  

    SOC 4360 - Medical Sociology

    3 credit hours

    Sociological analysis of health, biomedicine, epidemiology, and disease, along with critical analysis of major issues facing providers, patients, and citizens in the twenty-first century. Focuses on social epidemiology, social determinants and patterning of disease, health care delivery, institutions, and policy in the U.S. and other nations, and major theoretical developments in the sociology of health, illness, and healing.

  • SOC 4511 - Social Movements and Social Change

    3 credit hours

    Study of the major sociological theories of revolutions, rebellions, civil wars, and protest movements of the past and present and their relationship to significant social changes.

  • SOC 4520 - Population and Society

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 2010 or permission of instructor. Examines world and U.S. population trends and the impact of social forces on such demographic variables as births, deaths, migration, age, sex, education, and marital status and how these impact social conditions.

  • SOC 4560 - Organizational Structures and Processes

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Analysis of structure and processes of change, organizational environments, modes of power, ideologies, forms of control and resistance including alternatives to bureaucracy.

  • SOC 4650 - Sociology of Law  3 credit hours  

    SOC 4650 - Sociology of Law

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 2010. Sociological examination of the relationship between law and society with a focus on how sociologists study law, legal systems, and legal actors.

  • SOC 4660 - Urban and Community Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 2010. Focuses on the concept of community as a core idea in the historical development of sociology, concentrating on theories and historical trends of urbanization and current urban problems and policies.

Critical Perspectives

Choose 3 credit hours from the following:

  • SOC 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4240 and AST 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

  • SOC 4020 - Sociology of Aging

    3 credit hours

    Demographic, social, and cultural aspects of aging with particular emphasis on the types of problems encountered by older persons in American society.

  • SOC 4150 - Topics in Sociology

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a special topic which is significant in current sociological literature.

  • SOC 3400 - Gender and Society

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: SOC 1010, SOC 2010, or WGST 2100. A sociohistorical and cultural exploration of the socialization patterns, relationships, expectations, influences, organizational, institutional, and aging experiences of women and men in American society.

  • SOC 4011 - Social Inequality  3 credit hours  

    SOC 4011 - Social Inequality

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 2010. The origins, variations, and consequences of class, status, and power in society. Individual and group economic interests, social prestige, ideology, market and institutional inequality.

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址Students must successfully complete 2010 and 2020 or any courses numbered above the 2000 level in a single foreign language.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives or Minor

  • To make 120 hours

Total hours in the program: 120

 

Recommended Curriculum: Sociology

Curricular listings include requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • SOC elective (lower division) 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 29 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
  • SOC 3040 - Research Methods  3 credit hours  

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • SOC 3060 - Sociological Theory  3 credit hours  
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