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Majors and Minors for Sociology

Sociology Major

Consists of 36 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
SOC 350 Methods of Research and Data Analysis I
SOC 351 Methods of Research and Data Analysis II
SOC 352 Qualitative and Ethnographic Research
SOC 405 The Community
SOC 420 Social Inequality
SOC 450 Sociological Theory
MATH 200 Introduction to Statistics
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PSY 220 Measurement and Statistics
And four additional SOC courses approved by the department

Social Work Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours in sociology and social work from the following courses:

SOC 254 Introduction to Social Work
SOC 255 Introduction to Social Welfare Systems
SOC 320 Sociology of the Family
SOC 355 Counseling and Personal Development
SOC 481 Field Experience in Social Welfare

And two courses from the following:

SOC 228 Racial and Ethnic Studies
SOC 245 Group Process
SOC 311 Criminology
SOC 312 Juvenile Justice
SOC 317 Sociology of Birth and Death
SOC 319 Conflict Transformation
SOC 335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley
PSY 340 Public Mental Health

Crime and Justice Minor

Consists of 24 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
SOC 311 Criminology
SOC 412 Adjudication and Corrections: Existing and Alternate Strategies
SOC 483 Senior Practicum in Crime and Justice

And four courses from the following:

SOC 312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
SOC 313 Gender, Crime and Justice
SOC/PHIL 319 Conflict Transformation
SOC 330 World Justice Systems
SOC 332 Public Security and Insecurity
SOC 335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley
SOC 410 Communication Law: Civil Liberties and the Public Good
PHIL 320 Professional Ethics
PSCI 355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties
PSCI 420 International Law and Organization
PSY 340 Public Mental Health

Cultural Studies Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC 232 Cultural Studies
SOC 352 Qualitative and Ethnographic Research
SOC 495 Intercultural Seminar

And four courses (200 level and above) from the following recommended electives:

COMM 334 Intercultural Communication
ENG 220 American Folklife
ENG 243 Native American Literature and Culture
PSCI/SOC 215 Global Identities
PHIL 420 Postmodernism
SOC 228 Racial and Ethnic Studies
SOC 335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

Other elective courses may be included with departmental approval.

Courses for the minor must be taken in at least three different departments. No more than two courses will count toward both the minor and the student’s major. No more than one Interterm course will count toward the minor.