Degree Requirements (B.S.)

B.S. in Sociology--Traditional Sociology Track

(42.0 credit hours)

Complete the general educational requirements for Humanities & Social Sciences B.S. Degrees.

1) Required Core Courses for the Traditional Track in the B.S. in Sociology (15 credit hours)

Please note that SOC S100 or SOC S101 Social Problems apply to general education core but must be taken for the major.

  • SOC S252 Research Methods
  • PSY K300 Statistics
  • SOC S340 Social Theory
  • SOC S494 Field Experience in Sociology or SOC 495 Individual Readings in Sociology
    • SOC S47O Senior Seminar in Sociology

2) Elective Courses in Traditional Track for the B.S. in Sociology (9 courses or 27 credit hours from the list below.*

  • SOC S302 Organizational Life
  • SOC S314 Social Aspects of Heath and Medicine
  • SOC S315 Work and Occupations
  • SOC S316 Family
  • SOC S317 Inequality
  • SOC S325 Juvenile Delinquency   
  • SOC S328 Criminology
  • SOC S331 Aging
  • SOC S344 Sociology of Childhood **
  • SOC S335 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC S338 Gender Roles
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy:  Family Violence**
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy:  Drugs and Society
  • SOC S375 Issues in Human & Social Service Policy** (pending approval)
  • SOC S419 Social Movements and Collective Action
  • SOC S420 Topics in Deviance: White Collar Crime/Organized Crime
  • SOC S495 Readings in Sociology

3) Optional Specialty Concentrations

Within the above electives students may (but are not required) to select 4 courses (12.0 credit hours) within the two specialty concentrations.

Children and Families Concentration

 Complete 4 courses from those listed below:                              

  • SOC S316 Family
  • SOC S331 Aging
  • SOC S338 Gender
  • SOC S344 Sociology of Childhood
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy: Family Violence 

Crime & Society Concentration (12.0 credit hours)            

Students will complete two of the following courses:

  • SOC S325 Criminology
  • SOC S328 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC S420 Topics in Deviance: White Collar Crime/Organized Crime

And Students will complete two of the following courses:

  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy: Family Violence
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy: Drugs and Society
  • HIS   A375  Crime and Punishment in U.S. History
  • One SPEA course as approved by sociology faculty such as:
  • SPEA J331 Corrections*
  • SPEA V376 Law and Public Policy*** 

*Please note that along with SOC S100 or S101, SOC S252 will now be a new added prerequisite for all upper level sociology courses totally 6.0 credit hours prerequisite.  Some courses also have other additional prerequisites.

**These courses have 9.0 credit hours as prerequisite (S100 or S101, S252, and S316 family

***Approved courses taken in SPEA are counted as non-Arts & Sciences electives, but will still count for the major.

B.S. in Sociology--Applied Sociology/Human Services Track

(42.0 credit hours) 

Complete the general education core for the B.S. degree

1) Required Core Courses for the Traditional Track in the B.S. in Sociology (15 credit hours)

Please note that SOC S100 or SOC S101 Social Problems apply to the general education core but must be taken for the major.

  • SWK S141 Introduction to Social Work or HUMS 101 from Ivy Tech
  • SOC S252 Research Methods
  • PSY K300 Statistics
  • SOC S340 Social Theory
  • SOC S497 Field Experience in Human /Social Services 
  • SOC S471 Senior Seminar in Applied Sociology/Human Services

2) Elective Courses in AS/HS Track for the B.S. in Sociology (6 courses or 18 credit hours from the list below).*

  • SOC S302 Organizational Life
  • SOC S314 Social Aspects of Heath and Medicine
  • SOC S315 Work and Occupations
  • SOC S316 Family
  • SOC S317 Inequality
  • SOC S325 Juvenile Delinquency   
  • SOC S328 Criminology
  • SOC S331 Aging
  • SOC S344 Sociology of Childhood **
  • SOC S335 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC S338 Gender Roles
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy:Family Violence**
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy:Drugs and Society
  • SOC S375 Issues in Human & Social Service Policy***
  • SOC S419 Social Movements and Collective Action
  • SOC S420 Topics in Deviance: White Collar Crime/Organized Crime

*Please note that along with SOC S100 or S101, SOC S252 will now be a new added prerequisite for all upper level sociology courses totally 6.0 credit hours prerequisite.  Some courses also have other additional prerequisites.

**These courses have 9.0 credit hours as prerequisite (S100 or S101, S252 Research Methods, and S316 Family)

***This course is strongly recommended for the Applied Sociology/Human Services Track

 3) Interdisciplinary Electives for the Applied Sociology/Human Services Track

(Two courses or 6.0 credit hours)

Students in the AP/HS track will select two of the following courses from an approved list of upper level courses from other disciplines. Those approved courses include: 

  • PSY P303 Health Psychology
  • PSY P324 Abnormal Psych
  • PSY P381 Helping Skills
  • SPEA V362 Nonprofit sector*
  • SPEA V373 Human Resource Mgmt*
  • SPEA V379 Program Evaluation*
  • SPCH C380 Organizational Communication*

*Please note that courses taken in SPEA are counted as non-Arts and Science electives but will still count toward the major.

 4) Optional Specialty Concentrations  

Within the above electives students may (but are not required) to select 4 courses (12.0 credit hours) within either or both of the two specialty concentrations 

Children and Families Concentration 

(Any of the following four courses or 12.0 credit hours) 

  • SOC S316 Family
  • SOC S331 Aging
  • SOC S338 Gender
  • SOC S344 Sociology of Childhood
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy: Family Violence

Crime & Society Concentration (12.0 credit hours)  

Students will complete two of the following courses:

  • SOC S325 Criminology
  • SOC S328 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC S420 Topics in Deviance: White Collar Crime/Organized Crime

And Students will complete two of the following courses:

  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy: Family Violence
  • SOC S360 Topics in Social Policy: Drugs and Society
  • HIS A375 Crime and Punishment in U.S. History 

One SPEA course as approved by sociology faculty such as...

  • SPEA J331 Corrections
  • SPEA V376 Law and Public Policy***