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Sociology Major Requirements

Students majoring in sociology may complete a traditional academic liberal arts sociology major or, along with their sociology core, take a concentration in human services. The traditional liberal arts sociology major focuses on substantive social issues, theory and research. The human services concentration exists to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of social work/human services and for graduate studies in the field of social work or counseling. Students are advised that graduate education is often necessary to advance into these fields. Five of the courses and an internship/practicum are offered and are necessary for a student who desires to apply to the state of Wisconsin for a Social Work Training Certificate (SWTC).

Sociology Concentration

(40 credits)

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 300 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics

Students are advised to take SOCI 100 as freshmen, SSCI 224 as sophomores, and SOCI 300 and SOCI 352 as juniors.

In addition, five sociology electives from the following list. Two at 200-level or below, three at 300-level or above.

  • SOCI 122 Criminology
  • SOCI 228 Corrections in American Society
  • SOCI 233 Sociology of Education
  • SOCI 237 Children and Childhood in American Society
  • SOCI 250 Immigration and Migration in the United States
  • SOCI 289 Special Topics
  • SOCI 344 Social Movements
  • SOCI 346 Intersections of Privilege
  • SOCI 348 Socialization and the Life Course
  • SOCI 361 Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • SOCI 380 Sociology of the Gang
  • SOCI 444 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 489 Special Topics
  • An elective course at the 200-level or above that can include a course in Human Services (including SOCI 239, SOCI 241, SOCI 242 or SOCI 243)

Human Services Concentration

(56 credits) 

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 238 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOCI 239 Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SOCI 241 Social Work Practice: Organizations, Communities and Institutions
  • SOCI 242 Social Work Practice: Groups and Families
  • SOCI 243 Social Work Practice: Individuals
  • SOCI 300 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 346 Intersections of Privilege
  • SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
  • SOCI 481 and SOCI 482 Internship (2 semesters)
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
  • Two elective SOCI courses, one at the 200-level or below and one at the 300-level or above.

Students are advised to take SOCI 100 as freshmen; SSCI 224, SOCI 238 and SOCI 239 and one course on diverse cultures as sophomores; SOCI 243, SOCI 300 and SOCI 352 as juniors; and SOCI 241, SOCI 242, SOCI 481 and SOCI 482 as seniors.

Sociology Teaching Major

(40 credits)

Teaching majors for secondary education certification in these fields take the required courses for the sociology major.