Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Global Sociology Concentration

This concentration focuses on global interconnectedness and its effect on the nature of societies around the world. It emphasizes new technologies and social processes, migration, transnational communities, global cities, and social movements working across state borders. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in pursuing internationally oriented careers in social change, political reform, and international development.

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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 Global Sociology (GSOC)

This concentration focuses on global interconnectedness and its effect on the nature of societies around the world. It emphasizes new technologies and social processes, migration, transnational communities, global cities, and social movements working across state borders. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in pursuing internationally oriented careers in social change, political reform, and international development.

One required course (3 credits)

SOCI 320 - Social Structure and Globalization Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

SOCI 307 - Social Movements and Political Protest Credits: 3

SOCI 308 - Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World Credits: 3

SOCI 326 - Conflict, Violence, and Peace Credits: 3

SOCI 330 - US Immigrants and Immigration Credits: 3

SOCI 332 - The Urban World Credits: 3

SOCI 340 - Power, Politics, and Society Credits: 3

SOCI 352 - Social Problems and Solutions Credits: 3

SOCI 388 - Violence and Religion Credits: 3

SOCI 395 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3(depending on topic)

ANTH 332 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization 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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