Catalog 2021-2022

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SOC 450 Independent Study

A series of directed readings and short research projects on a topic of interest to the student. Materials covered must be different from those included in current courses. Independent studies may be taken with any full-time professor in the sociology area. Subject matter must be determined through student-faculty consultation.

Credit Hours: 2-4
(SS)

Prerequisites

Completion of 20 hours of sociology, minimum 3.0 GPA, and consent of instructor.

SOC 451 Senior Thesis

Involves a major research paper planned and written with possible publication in mind. A senior thesis can be written under the guidance of any full-time professor in the sociology department. Subject matter must be determined through student-faculty consultation.

Credit Hours: 4
(SS)

Prerequisites

Completion of 28 hours of sociology, minimum 3.25 GPA, and consent of instructor.

SOC 460 Applied Sociology

Demonstrates to students how sociological knowledge or research tools can be used to enhance the quality of social life. Students will delve into the varieties of applied sociology including: program evaluation and implementation, needs assessment, social impact assessment, policy analysis, focus group research and action research.
Credit Hours: 4
(SS)

Prerequisites

SOC 344, SOC 375, junior or senior standing.

SOC 480 Practice Experience

The practice experience provides students with supervised work experiences where they learn how to ethically and professionally apply sociological theories and methods under faculty supervision. Students will choose among four types of practice: 1) internship, 2) research project, 3) community service commitment, or 4) independent study for practice. Students will complete 160 practice hours total, meet biweekly with their faculty supervisor, apply sociology to their experiences through varied assessments, and submit a portfolio at the semester’s conclusion. Students who choose to practice in an internship or community service setting will also be supervised by members affiliated with their site.
Credit Hours: 4
(SS)

Prerequisites

SOC 344, SOC 375, sociology majors only, junior or senior standing.