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
  • Dual B.A. in Sociology/M.A. in Gerontology
  • Dual B.A./M.A. in Sociology

Department of Sociology
1041 Langdale Hall
404-413-6500
sociology.gsu.edu

Eric Wright, Chair
Jung Ha Kim, Undergraduate Director
La’Isla Emeruem, Undergraduate Coordinator

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.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

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)
    • World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
      See “World Language Requirement for B.A. and B.I.S. Majors,” previously described.)
  1. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:

* SOCI 1101 is a prerequisite for many upper-level courses, including SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory.

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. Major Requirements (12)
    • SOCI 3010 Social Statistics (3) (Any mathematics course from core curriculum Area A2 or MATH 1070 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for SOCI 3010.)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
    • SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory (3)  (SOCI 1101 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for this course.)
    • SOCI 3201 Wealth, Power, and Inequality (3)

NOTES: Students must take SOCI 3010 and SOCI 3020 in sequence, beginning with 3010, and may not take these courses during the same term.  SOCI 3020 and SOCI 3030 are not offered in the summer semester.

Students who decide to major in Sociology after completing PSYC 3510 may use it for credit toward SOCI 3010. SOCI 3020 cannot be replaced with a methods course from another discipline.

  1. 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. Major Requirements (12)
    • Same as in section 1 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  2. Family Core Course (3)
  3. Select one course from the following list. (3)
  4. Select two courses from the list below. (6)
  5. 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. Major Requirements (12)
    • Same as in section 1 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  2. Gender and Sexuality Core Courses (6)
  3. Select two courses from the list below. (6)
  4. 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. Major Requirements (12)
    • Same as in section 1 of General Program in Sociology, described above
  2. Gerontology Requirements. (9)
  3. Select one course. (3)
    • SOCI 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3)
    • SW 4260 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3)
  4. 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)
  5. 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.

Dual B.A./M.A. Programs

The department offers a dual Bachelor of Arts and either a Master of Arts in Sociology or Master of Arts in Gerontology. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitute for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.

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 university student organization website (gsu.orgsync.com) or by contacting Dr. Maura Ryan at mryan@gsu.edu.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This program offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the program director for the specific criteria for this honor.