Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Childhood and Youth Concentration

This concentration focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. It emphasizes children in peer groups, youth subcultural activities, youth and children and the media, schools, families, social movements, social policy, and the welfare state. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving them in a broad range of fields such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 12 credits.

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in sociology must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students pursuing this degree must complete 34 credits of sociology courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00.  No more than 6 credits of courses with unsatisfactory grades (C- or D) may be applied toward the degree.

One introductory core course (3 credits)

The introductory course must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.

SOCI 101 - Introductory Sociology Credits: 3

Four additional core courses (13 credits)

Each of these courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.

SOCI 303 - Methods and Logic of Inquiry Credits: 3

SOCI 311 - Classical Sociological Theory Credits: 3

SOCI 313 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credits: 4

SOCI 412 - Contemporary Sociological Theory Credits: 3

One capstone experience course (3 credits) chosen from:

SOCI 485 - RS: Sociological Analysis and Practice Credits: 3

SOCI 416 - Internship in Sociology Credits: 1-6

SOCI 481 - RS: Honors Seminar in Sociology II Credits: 3

Electives (15 credits)

Students complete 15 credits in sociology (SOCI) at the 300 or 400 level.

Students are strongly encouraged to focus four of their elective courses (12 credits) in one of the concentrations below chosen to suit their interests and career objectives. Students who choose a concentration will complete one remaining elective.

Concentrations

Students can focus 12 of their 15 elective credits to complete one of the following 12-credit concentrations.

Students who graduate with honors in sociology may apply 3 credits of honors course work to their selected concentration where appropriate and with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.

◊ Concentration in Childhood and Youth (CYC)

This concentration focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. It emphasizes children in peer groups, youth subcultural activities, youth and children and the media, schools, families, social movements, social policy, and the welfare state. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving  them in a broad range of fields, such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

One required course (3 credits)

SOCI 360 - Youth Culture and Society Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

SOCI 302 - Sociology of Delinquency Credits: 3

SOCI 307 - Social Movements and Political Protest Credits: 3

SOCI 309 - Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life Credits: 3

SOCI 314 - Sociology of Culture Credits: 3

SOCI 315 - Contemporary Gender Relations Credits: 3

SOCI 352 - Social Problems and Solutions Credits: 3

SOCI 382 - Education in Contemporary Society Credits: 3

SOCI 395 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3

SOCI 483 - The Sociology of Higher Education Credits: 3

ANTH 315 - Socialization Processes: Family, Childhood, Personality in Cross-Cultural Perspective Credits: 3

Total: 12 credits

Total: 34 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in sociology may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing SOCI 412.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

Students who graduate with honors in sociology may apply 3 credits of honors course work (SOCI 480, 281, or 482) to their selected concentration where appropriate and with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.

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