Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

BA in Sociology

Sociology involves the systematic study of social structures, cultural patterns, and human relationships. The sociological imagination combines rigorous methods with theory and observation, yielding insights that challenge commonly held assumptions about the social world. Sociology also informs the practice of social and public service, aiding efforts to address important social problems. Majoring in sociology positions students so they can pursue a varied set of career paths, ranging from teaching, human service, and human resource occupations to positions in the criminal justice system, marketing, and social research. The sociology major is excellent preparation for students considering law school or graduate training in the social and behavioral sciences.

This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master's degree program.  See Sociology, BA/Sociology, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see Academic Policies.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

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

◊ Concentration in Deviance, Crime, and Social Control (DCSC)

This concentration focuses on the social, legal, and political systems that underpin social control in Western societies and beyond. The emphasis is on how norms, values, and common sense regulate human action and the social forces that produce deviant behavior and societal responses to it. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in the criminal justice system and the law.

Four courses (12 credits) chosen from:

SOCI 300 - Social Control and Freedom Credits: 3

SOCI 301 - Criminology Credits: 3

SOCI 302 - Sociology of Delinquency Credits: 3

SOCI 307 - Social Movements and Political Protest Credits: 3

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

SOCI 310 - Sociology of Deviance Credits: 3

SOCI 326 - Conflict, Violence, and Peace 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 355 - Social Inequality Credits: 3

SOCI 388 - Violence and Religion Credits: 3

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

Total: 12 credits

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

◊ Concentration in Inequality and Social Change (INSC)

The focus is on inequalities, such as those of race, class, and sex, and on the manner in which such inequalities become structurally rooted in a society. The emphasis is on understanding the rise of the struggle for human rights, democracy, and various social movements that have sought to reverse these inequalities through protests, demonstrations, counterorganizations, and the ballot. This concentration is appropriate  for students who seek careers in social justice organizations, social services, or teaching, and those who wish to participate in social and political movements.

One required course (3 credits)

SOCI 355 - Social Inequality Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

SOCI 300 - Social Control and Freedom Credits: 3

SOCI 307 - Social Movements and Political Protest Credits: 3

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

SOCI 310 - Sociology of Deviance Credits: 3

SOCI 315 - Contemporary Gender Relations 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 360 - Youth Culture and Society Credits: 3

SOCI 382 - Education in Contemporary Society Credits: 3

SOCI 390 - Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability Credits: 3

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

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

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