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Undergraduate Program - Suggested Sequence of Courses

The Department of Sociology curriculum is organized along three tracks or principal fields: (1) Crime and Justice Studies; (2) Global and Comparative Processes; and (3) Public Policy Analysis. Students not interested in any of these three tracks can major in General Sociology by passing the core requirements and taking courses from any of the tracks to fulfill the necessary number of credits for the major. In their senior year, all students must successfully pass either a senior comprehensive examination or must complete a senior thesis.

The department offers an active internship program and encourages all majors to enroll in at least one internship course while in good academic standing at the university.  Students might take up to six internship sociology credits.

 

Core Required Courses 

Freshman Year

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 102 Global Social Problems and Justice

Sophomore Year

  • SOC 202 Research Methods (this course is only offered in the Fall semester)
  • SOC 301 Statistical Analysis for Social Science (this course is only offered in the Fall semester)

Junior Year

  • SOC 352 Contemporary Sociological Theory (this course is only offered in the Spring semester)

Senior Year

  • SOC 452 Senior Seminar (this course is only offered in the Spring semester).

All majors must complete the above core required curriculum with a grade of "C" or better and an additional six elective courses offered by the Department of Sociology. To fulfil the requirements for one of the track, students must take at least three courses within the track and pass these courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better. Majors who complete the course requirements for one or more track will be awarded a certificate of completion upon graduation. We expect all majors to complete our core- SOC 101, SOC 102, SOC 202, SOC 301, and SOC 352- before the senior year.

 

 

Elective Courses

I. Crime and Justice Studies

The Crime and Justice Studies track is ideal for students interested in careers in the field of criminal justice, crime investigation, law enforcement, pre-law, national security and transnational crime.

  • SOC 204 Transnational Crime
  • SOC 205 Sociology of Crime and Justice
  • SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency
  • SOC 270 Human Rights in a Global Society
  • SOC 306 Sociology of Masculinity
  • SOC 309 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 310 Police, Law, and Society
  • SOC 315 Crimes in Urban America
  • SOC 317 Criminology
  • SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • SOC 322 Military and Society
  • SOC 324 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 332 Popular Culture and Crime 
  • SOC 335 Surveillance
  • SOC 350 Computer Applications to Policy  Research
  • SOC 357 National Security and Civil Liberties
  • SOC 365 Controlling America's Borders: Issues and Problems
  • SOC 371 Deviance and Control
  • SOC 408 Religion and Terrorism
  • SOC 450 Race Relations in Feature Films
  • SOC 451 Senior Thesis Tutorial
  • SOC 493 Independent Research
  • SOC 495 Sociology Internship

II. Global and Comparative Processes

The Global and Comparative Processes track serves students with an interest in international affairs, non-profit organizations, and public service.

  • SOC 201 The Human Condition: Culture, Society & Personality
  • SOC 204 Transnational Crime
  • SOC 206 Families and Society
  • SOC 225 Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 226 Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 241 Religion in the Modern World
  • SOC 270 Human Rights in a Global Society
  • SOC 316 World Poverty 
  • SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • SOC 321 Religion and Development
  • SOC 322 Military and Society
  • SOC 324 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 328 Death and Dying 
  • SOC 331 Globalization and Social Movement
  • SOC 334 Economic Sociology: Capitalism, Globalization and Development
  • SOC 336 Public Policy Around the World
  • SOC 338 The Urban Metropolis
  • SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Justice 
  • SOC 350 Computer Applications to Policy  Research
  • SOC 351 Inequality: The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender
  • SOC 361 Migration and Immigrant Communities
  • SOC 365 Controlling America's Borders: Issues and Problems
  • SOC 401 Institutions and Organizations
  • SOC 408 Religion and Terrorism
  • SOC 413 Gender and Society
  • SOC 423 Comparative Development and Social Change
  • SOC 451 Senior Thesis Tutorial
  • SOC 460 Political Sociology
  • SOC 473 Gender and Globalization
  • SOC 493 Independent Research
  • SOC 495 Sociology Internship

 

III. Public Policy Analysis 

The Public Police Analysis track is ideal for students interested in policy research and evaluation, social trend analysis and public administration and service.

  • SOC 206 Families and Society
  • SOC 241 Religion in the Modern World
  • SOC 307 Education and Society
  • SOC 316 World Poverty 
  • SOC 322 Military and Society
  • SOC 324 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 328 Death and Dying 
  • SOC 306 Masculinity
  • SOC 334 Economic Sociology: Capitalism, Globalization and Development
  • SOC 336 Public Policy Around the World
  • SOC 340 Catholic Social Doctrine and Justice
  • SOC 345 Sociology of Sport
  • SOC 350 Computer Applications to Policy Research
  • SOC 351 Inequality: The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender
  • SOC 361 Migration and Immigrant Communities
  • SOC 365 Controlling America's Borders: Issues and Problems
  • SOC 383 Disability Policies
  • SOC 401 Institutions and Organizations
  • SOC 413 Gender and Society
  • SOC 430 Race, Housing and Urban Policy
  • SOC 450 Race Relations in Feature Films
  • SOC 451 Senior Thesis Tutorial
  • SOC 473 Gender and Globalization
  • SOC 493 Independent Research
  • SOC 495 Sociology Internship

 

Criminology Electives

This concentration explores aspects of crime and law enforcement, and prepares students interested in fields related to policy, social work, legislative and judicial services. 

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 102 global Social Problems
  • 204 Transnational Crime
  • SOC 208 Sociology of Delinquency
  • SOC 270 Human Rights in a Global Society
  • SOC 306 Sociology of Masculinity
  • SOC 309 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 310 Police, Law, and Society
  • SOC 315 Crimes in Urban America
  • SOC 320 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • SOC 322 Military and Society
  • SOC 324 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 332 Popular Culture and Crime 
  • SOC 335 Surveillance
  • SOC 350 Computer Applications to Policy  Research
  • SOC 357 National Security and Civil Liberties
  • SOC 365 Controlling America's Borders: Issues and Problems
  • SOC 371 Deviance and Control
  • SOC 380 Forensic Policies and Issues (in preparation)
  • SOC 408 Religion and Terrorism
  • SOC 450 Race Relations in Feature Films
  • SOC 451 Senior Thesis Tutorial
  • SOC 493 Independent Research
  • SOC 495 Sociology Internship

 

Minor In Sociology

  • To view the complete schedule of courses for each semester, go to Cardinal Station.