Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Graceland University
A Sociology major from Graceland will prepare you for a wide variety of professional experiences that use your understanding of society and human behavior to improve organizations. Our sociology program seeks to understand the human perspective by investigating different groups and institutions, such as religious sects, families, or gender and race.
Students will be asked to apply their critical thinking skills to ask important questions, develop research projects, collect data for analysis, and evaluate the most challenging issues of our time.
In addition to the essential education requirements, Sociology majors must complete 39 semester hours as prescribed below. Sociology majors must have a GPA of 2.5 in their major in order to graduate.
Core courses 18
- SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology – 3
- SOCI2100 Sociology of Everyday Life – 3
- PSYC/SOCI3510 Research Methods – 3
- SOCI3540 Social Research – 3
- SOCI4330 Social Inequality – 3
- *SOCI4540 Sociological Theory – 3
Select seven SOCI courses (21 hrs) that are 2000 designation or higher (6 hours must be upper-division).
Non-sociology courses that would also count towards the major requirements include: PSYC/SOCI3310 Social Psychology, or PEAC/POLS2200 Introduction to Peace Studies.
The following courses are recommended for any student planning a career in criminal justice:
SOCI2500 Criminology, SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States, SOCI2200 Environmental Crime, SOCI3200 Gender, and Society, SOCI3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue, SOCI3110 Community Studies, SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing, PEAC/POLS2200 Introduction to Peace Studies, PSYC3440 Psychology of the Workplace, and POLS3430 American Constitutional Law.
The following courses are recommended for any student planning a career in human services: PSYC/SOCI2320 Marriage and the Family, SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States, SOCI3200 Gender and Society, SOCI3220 Sociology of Sexualities, SOCI3130 Social Movements, SOCI3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue, SOCI3110 Community Studies, PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology, and PSYC3440 Psychology of the Workplace.
Sociology majors with an interest in a criminal justice-related career may wish to earn a criminology concentration. In addition to fulfilling the core requirements of the sociology major, the following courses are required as part of their 21 hours of electives:
- CRMJ/SOCI2460 Multicultural Policing – 3
- SOCI2200 Environmental Crime 3 *
- SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing 3 *
- SOCI3110 Community Studies 3 *
* Other sociologically-based, criminology-related topics courses may be offered on occasion and such an approved course may be substituted for one of these three. (CRMJ/SOCI2460 Multicultural Policing is not available for substitution and a student cannot have more than one substitution.)
A sociology major from Graceland University can help to prepare you for these careers:
- Guidance Counselor
- Human Resources Representative
- Market Research Analyst
- Social Worker
- Mental Health Therapist
- and many other exciting fields.
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