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Department of Sociology Majors and Minors

The WSU Sociology Department offers a major and a minor. Sociology courses may also contribute to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, and some sociology courses meet program requirements for interdisciplinary areas of study, such as Public Affairs, Women’s Studies, and Criminal Justice.

Majoring in Sociology

Students majoring in Sociology are required to take 31 hours of Sociology course work, and must maintain a C average in their Sociology courses. The 31 hours include five required core courses and five additional Sociology course electives. Students should take 24 hours of coursework in related areas.

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 310 Development of Social Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC 317 (M) Research Methods in Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 321 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I (4 credits)
  • Capstone Experience (choose one of the following):
    • SOC 495 (M) Capstone: Internship (3 credits) (Available online in the summer)
    • SOC 497 (M) Capstone: Research Practicum (3 credits) (Available fall and spring)
Minoring in Sociology

Students minoring in Sociology are required to take 18 hours of Sociology course work and must maintain a C average. The 18 hours includes two required courses and four additional Sociology electives.

Required Courses:

    • SOC 101 : Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    • SOC 320 : Introduction to Social Research (3 credit hours)

Electives:

  • 12 hours of Sociology electives (excluding 101 and 320)
  • 9 of the elective hours must be in 300-400 level courses
At-Risk Youth Minor

Students pursuing the At-Risk Youth minor are required to take 18 hours of Sociology coursework and must maintain a C average. The 18 hours includes four required courses and two additional Sociology electives.

  • SOC 352: Youth and Society
  • SOC 360: Social Deviance
  • SOC 362: Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 368: Drugs and Society
  • 6 hours of Sociology electives
    • SOC 346 Sociology of Education
    • SOC 351 The Family
    • SOC 361 Criminology
    • SOC/CJ 367 Juvenile Justice and Corrections
Workplace Diversity Minor

The Minor in Workplace Diversity program is designed specifically for students and/or professionals with the aim of preparing them for increasingly diverse and global workplaces. It will increase their intercultural understanding and cross cultural skills, as well as provide evidence of those skills to prospective or current employers.

18 credits total
Core Courses (12 credits):

  • ANTH 203 [DIVE] Global Cultural Diversity, CES 101 [DIVR] Intro to Comparative Ethnic Studies or WST 101 [DIVR] Gender and Power: Intro to Women’s Studies
  • PHIL 360 [HUM] Business Ethics
  • SOC 340 [DIVR] Social Inequality or CES 101 [DIVR] Race and Global Inequality
  • SOC 341 Inclusive Workplace Leadership

Electives (6 credits) to be selected in collaboration with program director from:
ANTH 316; ANTH/POL S/SOC 418; CES 244, 301, 440, 446; COMSOC 321, 421; MGMT 315; POL S 305, 432; PSYCH 309; SOC 344, 390; WST 385, 406.

Sustainable Organizational Leadership Certificate

Students pursuing the Sustainable Organizational Leadership Certificate are required to take 15 hours of Sociology and/or Business coursework and must maintain a C average. The 15 hours includes three required courses and two additional Sociology and/or Business courses.

  • MGMT 301: Principles of Management and Organization
  • SOC 332: Sustainability in Society
  • SOC 340: Social Inequality
  • 6 hours of Sociology and/or Business electives
    • SOC 335 Shopping and Society
    • SOC 336 Sociology of Food
    • SOC 430 Society and Technology
    • SOC 474 Social Movements and Entrepreneurship
    • HBM 381[M] Hospitality Leadership and Organization Behavior
    • MGMT 401 [M] Leading People and Organizations
    • MGMT 483 [M] Management of Innovation and Change
    • MGMT 487 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility