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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Sociology

Capital College (SOCIO)

PROFESSOR KENNETH B. CUNNINGHAM, Program Coordinator

Sociology is the scientific study of society in all of its complexity. It includes the study of social structure, social interaction and social change from the micro level of small groups and families; to the meso level of communities, organizations, and institutions; to the macro level of globalization, war, technology and culture. The world today is undergoing tremendous changes and facing great challenges, problems, and possibilities. Sociology attempts to understand our world and to improve it.

The sociology major at Penn State Harrisburg provides a unique orientation to social change at multiple levels, including families, communities, organizations, social movements, institutions, society, and the world system. The major addresses topics such as culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, inequality, urban life, globalization, environmental change, and political conflict.

The sociology program at Penn State Harrisburg prepares students to succeed in an increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized world. A major in sociology provides opportunities for a wide range of career options. Students with degrees in sociology work in social services, community, advocacy and non-profit organizations, education, business, law, criminal justice, policy-making, social science research, and public administration. An undergraduate degree in sociology also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in sociology and fields such as law, social work, human resources, criminal justice, community psychology, urban planning, political science, and related areas.

Two options are available within the major: (1) the General Sociology Option and (2) the Community Organization and Social Services Option.

GENERAL SOCIOLOGY OPTION: This option provides students with strong education in general sociology in a diverse range of sociological topics. The General Sociology Option is designed for students who seek a solid sociological education with preparation for the widest range of careers and employment opportunities, as well as for graduate education.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES OPTION: This option provides students with strong preparation for careers working in community settings or in social services. The Community Organization and Social Services Option is designed for students who wish to work directly with people in a broad range of possible settings, in both public and private sectors.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Sociology major requires 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For a B.S. degree in Sociology, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION, or MAJOR REQUIREMENTS)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 9-15 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 67-73 credits[1]
(This includes 7 credits of General Education course requirements: 3 credits of GWS courses; 4 credits in GQ courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 46-52 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18-24 credits)
ENGL 202A GWS(3), SOC 1 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
SOC 207(3), SOC 400(3), SOC 405(3), SOC 495(3-9) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (28 credits)
At least 9 of these credits must be at the 400-level

A. Statistics. Select 4 credits from PSYCH 200 GQ(4), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)

B. Social Institutions. Select 9 credits from SOC 30(3), SOC 55(3), SOC 403(3), SOC 411 US(3) or HDFS 416 US(3), SOC 416(3), SOC 429(3), SOC 430(3), SOC 446(3), SOC 456/WMNST 456(3) (Sem: 5-8)

C. Social Change and Global Perspectives. Select 9 credits from SOC 15(3), SOC 109(3), SOC 297(3), SOC 424(3), SOC 425(3), SOC 432(3), SOC 445(3), SOC 448(3), SOC 454 US(3) (Sem: 5-8)

D. Diversity. Select 6 credits from AFAM 212 US(3), BESC/WMNST 464 US(3), SOC/AFAM/WMNST 103 US(3), SOC/WMNST 110 GS;US(3), SOC/AFAM 409 US(3), SOC 428(3), SOC 435 or HDFS 434 (3), SOC/RLST 461 US;IL(3), WMNST/CED 420 US;IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21 credits

GENERAL SOCIOLOGY OPTION: (21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from each of sections B, C and D above (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 6 credits (minimum of 3 credits at the 400-level) in consultation with adviser from AAAS, AFAM, BESC, GEOG, SOC (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits (minimum of 3 credits at the 400-level) in consultation with adviser from AMST, ANTH, ART, ARTH, COMM, CRIMJ, ENGL, HDFS, HIST, IHUM, MGMT, MUSIC, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, THEA, WMNST (Sem: 5-8)

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES OPTION: (21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
BESC 370(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SOC 5 GS(3) (Sem 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from each of A, B, and C below (Sem: 5-8)
A. Organization and Leadership: BESC 376(3), BESC 408(3), MGMT 321(3), MGMT 331(3)
B. Community Contexts: SOC 15(3), SOC 103 US(3), SOC 406(3), SOC 412(3)
C. Group Processes and Dynamics: BESC 407(3), BESC 459(3), SOC 3 GS(3), SOC 403(3), SOC 404(3)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Choose 6 credits (minimum of 3 credits at the 400-level) in consultation with adviser from AFAM, AMST, ANTH, ART, ARTH, BESC, COMM, CRIMJ, ENGL, GEOG, HDFS, HIST, IHUM, MGMT, MUSIC, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, SOC, THEA, WMNST (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-02-021

Review Date: 10/7/2014

UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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