Sociology, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: SOCIO_BS

Entrance to Major

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

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 9-15
Requirements for the Major 67-73

7 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 4 credits in GQ courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 202AEffective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences Keystone/General Education Course3
SOC 1Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course3
SOC 207Research Methods in Sociology3
SOC 400WSenior Research Seminar3
SOC 405Sociological Theory3
SOC 495Internship3-9
Additional Courses 1
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
A. Statistics
PSYCH 200Elementary Statistics in Psychology Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
B. Social Institutions
Select three of the following:9
Sociology of the Family Keystone/General Education Course
Advanced Social Psychology
Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the American Family
Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the American Family
Sociology of Education
Social Stratification
Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Political Sociology
Gender, Occupations, and Professions
C. Social Change and Global Perspectives
Select three of the following:9
Urban Sociology Keystone/General Education Course
Sociological Perspectives
Special Topics
Social Change
Social Conflict
Social Movements
U.S. Immigration
Environmental Sociology
The City in Postindustrial Society
D. Diversity
Select two of the following:6
African Americans in the New Jim Crow Era, 1968-present
Feminine/Masculine
Racism and Sexism Keystone/General Education Course
Sociology of Gender Keystone/General Education Course
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Homelessness in America
Perspectives on Aging
Perspectives on Aging
Sociology of Religion
WMNST/CED 420
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option21

Requirements for the Option

General Sociology Option (21 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from each of sections B, C and D above9
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits (at least 3 credits at the 400-level) in consultation with adviser from AAAS, AFAM, BESC, GEOG, SOC6
Select 6 credits (at least 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, WMNST6
Community Organization and Social Services Option (21 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BESC 3703
SOC 5Social Problems Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from each of A, B, and C:9
A. Organization and Leadership
BESC 408
Leadership and Motivation
Management and Organization
Introduction to Human Service Organizations
B. Community Contexts
Urban Sociology Keystone/General Education Course
Racism and Sexism Keystone/General Education Course
Sociology of Deviance
Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System
C. Group Processes and Dynamics
Small Groups Counseling
Basic Counseling Skills
Introductory Social Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Advanced Social Psychology
Social Influence and Small Groups
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Choose 6 credits (at least 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, WMNST6

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Acquire a sociological imagination by recognizing the connections between individual lives, social structure and historical change.
    1. Students will acquire the knowledge base in sociology in order to recognize and describe human social behavior in specific social-historical context.
    2. Students will apply sociological imagination to their own lives.
  2. Differentiate between micro and macro-sociological perspectives and be able to recognize and use both.
    1. Students will be able to describe and distinguish micro and macro perspectives in sociology.
    2. Students will be able to apply theories to interpret social phenomena.
  3. Develop empirical investigations of social phenomena.
    1. Recognize the role of theory in sociological research.
    2. Students will be able to identify and describe methods for gathering and analyzing sociological data.
    3. Students will be able to design a basic study to investigate social phenomena.
  4. Create written documents with the appropriate to disciplinary standards.
    1. Students will be able to write a paper in an appropriate social sciences format.
  5. Students will be able to employ appropriate citation practices.
  6. Recognize and adhere to professional and ethical standards of social science.
    1. Students will be able to identify ethical codes of conduct in doing sociological research and practice.
    2. Students will adhere to professional and ethical standards of social science research and practice.
  7. Recognize and consider the diversity of human experience.
    1. Students will be able to recognize and describe the diversity of human experience.
    2. Students will be able to compare different ways of organizing social life.
  8. Students will be able to recognize and describe how diversity is studied as a social problem

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

J. Scott Lewis, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6533
jsl19@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Harrisburg Campus

General Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
Quantification (GQ)3PSYCH 200 or STAT 200*†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
SOC 1*†3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 13.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Select 3 credits in AMST, ANTH, ART, ARTH, COMM, CRIMJ, ENG, HDFS, HIST, IHUM, MGMT, MUSIC, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, THEA, WMNST3
Select 3 credits in AFAM, BESC, GEOG, SOC3Elective3
Elective2 
 15.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3
SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3
AFAM 211, BESC 464, SOC 110, SOC 409, SOC 428, SOC 435, SOC 461, SOSC 492, or WMNST 420*3AFAM 211, BESC 464, SOC 110, SOC 409, SOC 428, SOC 435, SOC 461, SOSC 492, or WMNST 420*3
SOC 405*3SOC 207*3
Elective3Select 3 credits on the 400-level in AMST, ANTH, ART, ARTH, COMM, CRIMJ, ENG, HDFS, HIST, IHUM, MGMT, MUSIC, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, THEA, WMNST3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3
SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3
AFAM 211, BESC 464, SOC 110, SOC 409, SOC 428, SOC 435, SOC 461, SOSC 492, or WMNST 420*3SOC 400W*3
Select 3 credits on the 400-level in AFAM, BESC, GEOG, SOC*3SOC 495 or PSYCH 495*3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Community Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CAS 1003
Quantification (GQ)3PSYCH 200 or STAT 200*†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
SOC 1*†3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 13.5 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
General Education Course3Select 3 credits in AFAM, AMST, ANTH, ART H, BESC, COMM, CRIMJ, ENG, GEOG, HDFS, HIST, IHUM, MGMT, MUSIC, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, SOC, THEA, WMNST3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
SOC 5*†3Elective3
Elective2 
 15.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3
SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 425, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 425, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3
AFAM 211, BESC 464, SOC 110, SOC 409, SOC 428, SOC 435, SOC 461, SOSC 492, or WMNST 420*3AFAM 211, BESC 464, SOC 110, SOC 409, SOC 428, SOC 435, SOC 461, SOSC 492, or WMNST 420*3
SOC 405*3SOC 207*3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 30, 403, 411, 416, 429, 430, 446, or 456*3SOC 15, 103, 406, or 412*3
SOC 15, 109, 297, 424, 425, 432, 445, 448, or 454*3SOC 400W*3
BESC 407, PSYCH 449, SOC 3, SOC 403, or SOC 404*3SOC 495 or PSYCH 495*3
SOC 376, BESC 408, MGMT 321, or MGMT 331*3Select 3 credits on the 400-Level in AFAM, AMST, ANTH, ART H, BESC, COMM, CRIMJ, ENG, GEOG, HDFS, HIST, IHUM, MGMT, MUSIC, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, SOC, THEA, WMNST3
BESC 370*3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes

  • GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GS, GN and GHW are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements. All students are required to take one IL and one US course before graduation. A course designated as US;IL may be used as a US or an IL, not both.
  • W suffix signifies the course satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes

Students must complete a 3-credit course in “United States Cultures (US)” and a 3-credit course in “International Cultures (IL).” 

Career Paths

To succeed in the 21st century new graduates need to have following skills: critical and creative thinking analytic problem-solving conducting research and data driven analysis communication and collaboration multicultural and global understandings to be able to work in diverse teams whose members are from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Careers

The Sociology program at Penn State Harrisburg is designed to provide opportunities for students to study social change, diverse communities, and their interactions through scientific methods. The Bureau of Labor Statistics site states that people with sociology degrees specialize in a wide range of social topics, including health, crime, education, racial and ethnic relations, families, population, gender, poverty, and aging. Studying sociology helps students foster the core set of knowledge and skills that are required by 21st century employers.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION
Olmsted Building, W311
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6034
rka12@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/social-sciences-and-psychology/bachelor-science-sociology