At FSC, sociology provides an opportunity to study the intricate connections that inform our life experiences.
You will learn how to identify problems, and most importantly, teach you how to bring about social change.
By providing the lens, sociology allows us to look closely at the ways in which social structure -- groups, organizations, communities, social categories (such as class, sex, age, or race), and various social institutions (such as economic, family, or religious) affect our attitudes, actions, and opportunities.
Sociology is a broad and fascinating field providing you with a wide variety of career choices available and academic preparation for a multitude of advanced degrees.
As a sociology major at FSC, you’ll participate in a full range of engaged-learning experiences in the classroom.
These include things such as:
The sociology major requires 10 courses—five required foundation and senior-level courses and five electives. These elective courses include offerings such as Disasters, Civilizations and the Environment; Marriage and Family; Clinical Sociology; Deviant Behavior; Race, Culture, and Human Relations; Sport, Leisure and Society; Urban Sociology; Baseball and American Society; Gerontology; and Death and Dying
Faculty members have significant experience in the field. They’re involved in local, national and international social research. They’ve authored and edited academic books and articles. They’re frequent participants in academic conferences. They’re also professionals, providing a real-life dimension to the program and a bridge between sociology-related professions and FSC students.
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Twenty hours selected from the following courses:
To earn a minor in sociology you will need to complete 20 hours of SOC courses successfully.
SOC 2206 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Four hours. Same as PSY 2206. Suggested prerequisite: PSY 1106 or PSY 1110. The study of behavior in the social environment as related to the three primary areas of social psychology: social cognition, social influence, and social relations.
SOC 2214 DISASTERS, CIVILIZATIONS, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Four hours. Same as ENV 2214. An analysis of the inter-relationships between human societies and their environment. The course compares case studies of historical civilizations that have degraded their environment. Case material is then applied to current environmental problems. This course does not include a laboratory component. Gen Ed: SW (Aw)
SOC 2216 SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Four hours. Sociology/social psychology study of social problems, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, research, and application. Selected contemporary social problems such as education, crime, poverty, race, and population are analyzed with respect to their origins, present dimensions, and possible solutions. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 2220 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Four hours. Same as WST 2220. Sociology/social psychology introduction to the study of marriage and family, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, research and application, based on the American family with comparisons to other selected cultures. Topics include history, structure, and functions of the family, as well as mate selection and courtship, transitions, marital interaction, sexual relationships, parenting, role differentiation, violence, dissolution, and restructuring. Objectives are to analyze topics based on the academic principles of sociology and social psychology and to make applications to social and personal levels. A service learning component is required. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw, An), Ql
SOC 2240 CLINICAL SOCIOLOGY
Four hours. An examination of clinical social practice and treatment modalities in areas such as: marriage and family, social group work, child protection, addictions, and other referral services. This is a “practice” course, designed to expose students to the application of sociology in community and social work. As such, students learn about typical content of careers related to sociology. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An)
SOC 3300 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY
Four hours. Focuses on a specific issue in the study of society and social behavior, including but not limited to micro and macro analyses; methodological approaches; major contributors and contributions in the selected topic; basic concepts, processes and applications; and the analysis and application of relevant social issues and related social problems. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 3303 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
Four hours. Sociology/social psychology study of deviant behavior, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, research and application. Examines social processes in defining deviance, becoming deviant and changing deviance, including culture, social class, vested and power interests, organizational structures, social institutions, stigma, and labeling. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 3307 SPORT, LEISURE, AND SOCIETY
Four hours. Analysis of the social functions of sport and leisure in relationship to other social institutions. Examination of major social problems affecting both sport and leisure. Application of sociological concepts and theories in understanding the social roles of sport and leisure in society. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 3309 URBAN SOCIOLOGY
Four hours. Unique features of urban communities; historical background of modern urbanism; changes and adjustments in values and organization; concerns of urban planning in American and world cities. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 3315 BASEBALL AND AMERICAN SOCIETY
Four hours. An examination of the social functions and characteristics of baseball in American society. Social historical analysis will be made of the ways in which baseball has both reflected and influenced changes in American society. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 3336 GERONTOLOGY
Four hours. The psychological, physiological, social and cultural theories and issues of the aging process and the effects upon the individual, family and society. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 3337 DEATH AND DYING
Four hours. Integrates information and theories of death and dying from the social, psychological, anthropological, medical and legal disciplines. Various perspectives integrate attitudes toward terminal illnesses, natural death, funeral rites and euthanasia. Gen Ed: SW (Aw, An), Ql
SOC 4400 SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY
Four hours. Prerequisites: SOC 1100 and either SOC 4406 or SOC 4420 or both (depending on the qualitative or quantitative project approach). Focuses on qualitative or quantitative research project in the study of society and social behavior, including but not limited to micro and macro analyses; methodological approaches; major contributors and contributions in a selected topic; basic concepts, processes and applications; and the analysis and application of relevant social issues and related social problems. Gen Ed: SW (Ap), Ql, Qn
SOC 4406 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
Four hours. Prerequisites: SOC 1100 and SOC 2216 and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. A comparative study of the development of 19th and 20th century social thought and sociological theories. The focus will be on understanding, analyzing and critiquing diverse theoretical perspectives at micro and macro levels as they relate to the organization of society and bases of social behavior. Gen Ed: MV, SW (Glb, An), EC-C
SOC 4420 METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH
Four hours. Same as CRM 4420. Prerequisites: Twelve hours in criminology or sociology and MAT 2022. The application of the scientific method in researching social phenomena, focusing on the foundations of quantitative, empirical methodologies. Students will participate in the entire research process, including conceptualization, research design, sampling, measurement, data collection, computer software, statistical analysis, report writing, oral presentation. Gen Ed: SW (An, Ap), Ql, Qn
SOC 4960/4961 SOCIOLOGY INTERNSHIP
Four hours. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status, major or minor in Sociology and permission of the instructor. An offsite exploration in a sociology-related field that is designed to integrate academic learning with actual application in the field and to provide students with professional experience in preparation for post-baccalaureate studies and/or future employment in the field. Gen Ed: SW (Glb, Aw)
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