Arts & Sciences Sociology

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Paula Caldwell
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COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Sociology

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Paula Caldwell


Chair: Julia McQuillan, 711 Oldfather Hall

Vice-Chair: Kristen Olson

Professors: Dombrowski, Hoyt, Khan, McQuillan, Tyler, Werum

Associate Professors: Cheadle, Dance, Falci, Goosby, Kort-Butler, Olson, Schwadel, Smyth

Assistant Professors: Kazyak, Smith, D. Warner, T. Warner, Williams

Assistant Professor of Practice: Bosch

Advisor: Caldwell

A major in sociology within the College of Arts and Sciences is a valuable and flexible program. The sociology curriculum provides students with vital skills, including analytical thinking, creative problem solving, effective written and oral communication, making meaning out of data through analyses, and greater understanding of social and cultural differences among people. Course choices may be made with respect to a students interests and educational objectives. Students may pursue broad training in sociology or may pursue one of our five focus areas. Focus areas include: crime/deviance, family, health, social inequality, and social research. Students are encouraged to complete an internship to apply the perspectives gained in their coursework to the real world and acquire experience in a career path.

Current majors and students considering a major in sociology should consult with a department advisor when registering for classes. This is particularly important because the subjects that lay the foundation for later training in sociology, plus the courses for a minor in another department, should be carefully selected. The advisor can also discuss focus areas, internships, and research opportunities.

This department participates in the programs of Global Studies, Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies, the Center for Great Plains Studies, the Womens and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Civic Engagement.

One course in rural sociology, AECN 276, may count toward a major in sociology. Students in the College of Agriculture who have taken AECN 276 may substitute the course for SOCI 101 if they plan to take other courses in the Department of Sociology.

Graduate Work. The advanced degrees of master of arts and doctor of philosophy are offered. For details of these programs, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin and the departmental bulletin, Sociology Graduate Program Guidelines, available at 711 Oldfather Hall.


Specific Major Requirements

The research experience requirement may be met in any of the following ways: 1) SOCI 310A and SOCI 310B; 2) SOCI 495; or 3) SOCI 399H.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be asked to complete an exit survey. The Department will inform the students of the scheduling and format of the survey.

Results of participation in these assessment activities will not affect a students GPA or graduation in any way.


Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

Students majoring in sociology may not take courses in the major for Pass/No Pass credit with the possible exceptions of independent study, 3 credit hours of field work in sociology, and hours in excess of those required for the major. Request forms are available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirement

At least 12 hours must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules

No more than 6 hours total from internship and independent study courses (SOCI 396, SOCI 397, and SOCI 399) may be counted toward the major requirements in sociology.


  • 18 hours including SOCI 101 and a minimum of 6 hours at the 300/400 level. No more than 3 hours total from internship and independent study courses (SOCI 396, SOCI 397, and SOCI 399) may be counted toward the minor requirements in sociology.