3520 Sociology

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • General Program in Sociology
    • Concentration in Family
    • Concentration in Gender and Sexuality
    • Concentration in Gerontology
    • Concentration in Race and Urban Studies
  • Minor in Sociology

Department of Sociology
1041 General Classroom Building
404/413-6500
www.gsu.edu/sociology

Donald C. Reitzes, Chair
Adia Wingfield, Undergraduate Director
Jamie Hayes, Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor

Sociologists study power dynamics as they relate to family life, race, gender, class, sexuality, deviance, selfhood, social change, urbanization, aging, birth and death, and a host of applied topics. Students majoring in sociology explore the ways in which individual agency affects and is limited by social structures.

Students majoring in sociology may choose one of six programs of study. Majors can follow the general program in sociology, or they can select a concentration in family, race and urban studies, gender and sexuality, or gerontology. Students completing concentrations are awarded a certificate in their area of concentration from either the Department of Sociology or the Gerontology Institute. Students wishing to be sociology majors must first be advised by the sociology undergraduate advisor.

Program Academic Regulations

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the major.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in Sociology

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (9)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • Lang 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
      See “Foreign Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.
  2. Select additional courses to complete the 18 hours in Area F from the following: AAS 1140, AAS 2010, ANTH 1102, ANTH 2010, ANTH 2020, ANTH 2030, BIOL 1103K, BIOL 1104K, BIOL 1110K, BIOL 1120K, BIOL 2107K, BIOL 2108K, BIOL 2240, BIOL 2300, BIOL 2800, CHEM 1050, CHEM 1151K, CHEM 1152K, CHEM 1211K, CHEM 1212K, CRJU 2200, CSC 1010, CSC 1310, CSC 2010, CSC 2310, CSC 2510, ECON 2100, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, EDUC 2120, EDUC 2152, EPY 2050, FORL 2101, FORL 2102, GEOG 1101, HIST 1111, HIST 1112, HIST 1140, HIST 2110, IT 2010, Lang 1001, Lang 2001, Lang 2002, MATH 1070, MATH 1111, MATH 1113, MATH 1220, MATH 2008, MATH 2211, MATH 2212, MATH 2215, MATH 2420, PHIL 2010, PHIL 1010, PHIL 2050, POLS 1101, POLS 2101, POLS 2401, PSYC 1100, PSYC 1101, PSYC 2030, PSYC 2040, PSYC 2070, PSYC 2080, PSYC 2101, PSYC 2103, RELS 2001, SPCH 1010, SPCH 1500, SPCH 2710, SW 2000, WST 2010.

Area G: Major Courses (30)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses. 30 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the general program, family concentration, gender and sexuality concentration, and race and urban studies concentration. 33 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the gerontology concentration.

General Program in Sociology (30)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
    • And one of the following:
      • SOCI 4800 Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology (3) or
      • SOCI 4801 Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course (3) or
      • SOCI 4802 Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality (3) or
      • SOCI 4803 Critical Thinking through Writing in Race and Urban Studies (3)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
  3. Select an additional 15 hours in sociology courses at the 3000 level or above. (15)

Note: SOCI 4980 (Internship) credit may be applied toward the general program in this section or Area H.

Family Concentration (30)

The family concentration provides students with a comprehensive educational and training curriculum in the study of the family. The concentration is appropriate for students who plan to pursue careers in public and private agencies concerned with the family and family problems. This concentration is also appropriate for students preparing for admission to graduate or professional programs in a variety of fields (e.g., sociology, social work, family studies, or health science). Students completing the concentration are awarded a certificate in family sociology by the Department of Sociology.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
    • And one of the following:
      • SOCI 4800 Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology (3) or
      • SOCI 4801 Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course (3) or
      • SOCI 4802 Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality (3) or
      • SOCI 4803 Critical Thinking through Writing in Race and Urban Studies (3)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
    • Same as in section 2 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  3. Family Core Course (3)
  4. Select one course from the following list. (3)
  5. Select two courses from the list below or the list in section 3 above. (6)
  6. SOCI 4980 Internship (3-6)
Gender and Sexuality Concentration (30)

This concentration provides students with a comprehensive educational and training curriculum in the study of gender and sexuality. It is appropriate for students who wish to pursue careers in public and private agencies dealing with issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, legal equity and equal access issues, sexual health and education, and procreative issues. The concentration is also appropriate for students preparing for admission to graduate or professional programs in a variety of fields (e.g., sociology, social work, health sciences, family studies, or women’s studies). Students completing the gender and sexuality concentration will be awarded a certificate by the Department of Sociology.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
    • And one of the following:
      • SOCI 4800 Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology (3) or
      • SOCI 4801 Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course (3) or
      • SOCI 4802 Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality (3) or
      • SOCI 4803 Critical Thinking through Writing in Race and Urban Studies (3)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
    • Same as in section 2 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  3. Gender and Sexuality Core Courses (6)
  4. Select two courses from the list below. (6)
  5. SOCI 4980 Internship (3-6)

Gerontology Concentration (33)

The gerontology concentration is designed to prepare students for admission to graduate and professional programs in a variety of fields that focus on issues of aging (e.g., sociology, social work, psychology, nursing, medicine, and public administration). The concentration also prepares students for careers and occupations that center around older persons (e.g., in senior centers, nursing homes, retirement residences, nutrition programs, and volunteer programs.) Completion of the concentration qualifies students for a certificate in gerontology. Students who wish to earn the certificate must apply to the program through the university’s Gerontology Institute, 605 One Park Place, as soon as the concentration is selected.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
    • And one of the following:
      • SOCI 4800 Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology (3) or
      • SOCI 4801 Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course (3) or
      • SOCI 4802 Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality (3) or
      • SOCI 4803 Critical Thinking through Writing in Race and Urban Studies (3)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
    • Same as in section 2 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  3. Gerontology Requirements. (9)
  4. Select one course. (3)
    • SOCI 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3)
    • SW 4260 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3)
  5. Select one course. (3)
    • GERO 4475 Communication and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4500 Anthropology of Aging (3)
    • SOCI 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3) (if not taken in section 3 above)
    • SOCI 4122 Death, Dying, and Loss (3)
    • SW 4260 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3) (if not taken in section 3 above)
  6. GERO 4910 Gerontology Internship (3-6)

Race and Urban Studies Concentration (30)

The race and urban studies concentration is designed to provide students with an understanding of the various social forces which shape race relations, urban politics, social inequality, and the ever changing relationship between city and suburb. This concentration is appropriate for students seeking training in careers or activism in non-profit organizations, city or state government, housing and urban advocacy organizations, social justice institutes, or any private organization that focuses on social or racial inequality. The program is of particular relevance to students preparing for admission to graduate or professional programs in a variety of fields (e.g., law, sociology, urban planning, and public health). Students completing the concentration are awarded a certificate in race and urban studies by the Department of Sociology.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
    • And one of the following:
      • SOCI 4800 Critical Thinking through Writing in General Sociology (3) or
      • SOCI 4801 Critical Thinking through Writing in Families, Health, and the Life Course (3) or
      • SOCI 4802 Critical Thinking through Writing in Gender and Sexuality (3) or
      • SOCI 4803 Critical Thinking through Writing in Race and Urban Studies (3)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
    • Same as in section 2 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  3. Race and Urban Studies Core Courses (6)
  4. Select two courses (6)
  5. SOCI 4980 Internship (3-6)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in sociology are not required to take a minor.
  2. Additional courses not in the major must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010.

Minor in Sociology

Students who wish to minor in sociology must take 15-18 hours in courses in sociology, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in sociology may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.) Students wishing to minor in sociology may seek advisement from the sociology undergraduate advisor.

Sociology Club and Honor Society

The department sponsors a Sociology Club. The club is an academic, social and service organization. Interested students are encouraged to participate. Additional information can be obtained from the club website at www2.gsu.edu/~socclub/, or by contacting Dr. Maura Ryan at mryan@gsu.edu.