2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, BA

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Program Description:

Sociology is concerned with social relations: how people relate to each other as individuals, in families, or in groups; how they communicate in business and governmental situations; and how their behavior is judged as socially acceptable, deviant, illegal, or immoral. The Bachelor of Arts program in sociology trains students to observe and measure these interactions, predict outcomes, and determine how we can develop programs to change behavior for the good of individuals and society.

Sociology graduates typically find careers that involve dealing directly with people. Graduates work for large businesses and organizations, perform community service, and work in public relations. Sociologists teach and conduct research.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major social institutions (family, education, moral order, political and economic orders)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the socialization process (social psychology)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role individuals play within organizations such as work, community, political and urban areas and change within these organizations (social organizations)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical formulations that serve as the foundation of the major (classical and contemporary theory)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic fundamentals of social statistics and methodology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of elective courses in substantive areas, such as social inequality and criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate competence in human relations skills, including working with others in groups, making decisions for organizations and supervising others
  • Demonstrate competence in analytical skills, including the ability to evaluate solutions for urban social problems
  • Demonstrate competence in communication skills, including writing formal reports and speaking in front of groups
  • Demonstrate competence in ethical and moral awareness skills, including the honest portrayal of data
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of a theoretical model
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation and testing of a theoretical model
  • Demonstrate development of social policy to provide solutions to a unique problem (e.g., poverty in urban cities

Sociology Honors Program

The department encourages qualified students to conduct independent research through the department’s honors program. Students are eligible for the program if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in sociology. Departmental honors are awarded at graduation. Through SOC 4080 , students must complete an honors project under the guidance of an honors advisor. Interested students should contact the departmental office for further information.

For additional information:

Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Elective Courses: 6 Hours

II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours

Required Sociology Courses:

Area 1: 3 Hours

(Choose 1 course)

Area 2: 6 Hours

(Choose 2 courses)

Area 3: 3 Hours

(Choose 1 course)

Sociology Electives: 15 Hours

III. Related Requirements: 9 Hours

  • Related Social Science Courses
  • 3 3000+ level courses in a single social science discipline other than Sociology

IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours

Foreign Language: 12 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:
Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 22 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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