Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Sociology, Bachelor of Arts (775)


Program Coordinator

Amy C. Krull, amy.krull@wku.edu, (270) 745-6363

Department Email: sociology@wku.edu

The program is designed to further awareness and understanding of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, organizations, societies, and various cultures. Completion provides a broad background for students pursuing a variety of careers by helping them develop valuable skills.

Concentrations

  • General (No Concentration)
  • Inequality and Social Change (SISC)
  • Community, Environment & Development (SCED)
  • Family, Gender & Sexuality (SFGS)

Program Requirements (31 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The major in sociology requires a minimum of 31 credit hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. At least half the total semester hours earned must be in upper-division courses (courses numbered 300-499). A minor, certificate, or second major is required. 

Students may choose one of three thematic concentrations or they may choose a general major.

Core Courses

The following courses are required for every sociology major:

SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
SOCL 300Using Statistics in Sociology3
SOCL 302Social Research Methods3
SOCL 304Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society3
SOCL 499Senior Seminar1
Total Hours13

Additional core requirements and restricted electives depend on the major and/or concentration selected (see below). Non-restricted electives must be chosen from the following courses:

Electives:
CRIM 330Criminology3
CRIM 332Juvenile Delinquency3
CRIM 361Race, Class, and Crime3
CRIM 380Penology3
CRIM 432Sociology of Criminal Law3
CRIM 434Organized Crime3
CRIM 446Gender, Crime, and Justice3
CRIM 448International Justice and Crime3
CRIM 451White-Collar Crime3
SOCL 210Interaction: Self in Society3
SOCL 220Marriage and Family3
SOCL 240Global Social Problems3
SOCL 245Sociology of Popular Culture3
SOCL 260Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOCL 270Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development3
SOCL 309Social Deviance3
SOCL 310Behavior in Small Groups3
SOCL 312Collective Behavior and Social Movements3
SOCL 322Religion in Society3
SOCL 324Sociology of Sport3
SOCL 342Aging in Society3
SOCL 345The Sociology of Popular Music3
SOCL 346Special Topics3
SOCL 350Systems of Social Inequality3
SOCL 352Technology, Work and Society3
SOCL 355Sociology of Gender3
SOCL 359Sexuality and Society3
SOCL 360The Community in Rural and Urban Settings3
SOCL 362Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender3
SOCL 363Population, Society, and Development3
SOCL 375Diversity in American Society3
SOCL 376Sociology of Globalization3
SOCL 389Stigma and Society3
SOCL 402Evaluation Research Tech3
SOCL 404Qualitative Research Methods3
SOCL 408Survey Applications3
SOCL 410Socialization: Changes Through Life3
SOCL 435Family Violence3
SOCL 440Sociology of Health and Illness3
SOCL 442Sociology Research Project3
SOCL 450Occupations and Professions3
SOCL 452Social Change3
SOCL 455Theory and Practice of Community Development3
SOCL 466Gender, Family, and Society3
SOCL 470Environmental Sociology3
SOCL 480Sociology of Agri-Food Systems3
SOCL 489Sociology Study Abroad1-6
SOCL 494Internship in Sociology1-6
SOCL 495Directed Study1-3
SOCL 496Directed Study1-3

Not more than 3 hours earned in SOCL 495 / SOCL 496 “Directed Study” in Sociology may be counted toward the first 31 hours required for the major.

Students may complete more than one concentration and in so doing have both appear on his or her transcript. However, a single elective cannot count toward completion of more than one concentration (e.g., a student may not count SOCL 362 toward the completion of both “Inequality and Social Change” concentration AND the “Family, Gender, and Sexuality” concentration).

General Sociology Major

This major allows students to choose courses from among all sociology electives to design a program of study that best fits their particular needs and interests.

Core Courses
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
SOCL 210Interaction: Self in Society3
or SOCL 240 Global Social Problems
SOCL 300Using Statistics in Sociology3
SOCL 302Social Research Methods3
SOCL 304Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society3
SOCL 499Senior Seminar1
Electives
Select 15 hours from among all approved electives listed above15
Total Hours31

Community, Environment, and Development

This concentration emphasizes the causes, dynamics, and consequences of socioeconomic change for people, how they live in communities, and how they relate to the natural world.

Core Courses
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
SOCL 270Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development3
SOCL 300Using Statistics in Sociology3
SOCL 302Social Research Methods3
SOCL 304Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society3
SOCL 499Senior Seminar1
Concentration Courses
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Environmental Science
Public Problem Solving
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Systems of Social Inequality
The Community in Rural and Urban Settings
Population, Society, and Development
Causes and Consequences of Human-Wildlife Conflict
Social Change
Theory and Practice of Community Development
Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Agri-Food Systems
Foodways
Foodways
Food, Culture, and Environment
Six hours of non-restricted sociology elective credit from among all approved electives6
Total Hours31

Family, Gender, and Sexuality

This concentration emphasizes the ways in which gender, sexuality, and kinship relations shape individual and group experiences.

Core Courses
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
SOCL 220Marriage and Family3
SOCL 300Using Statistics in Sociology3
SOCL 302Social Research Methods3
SOCL 304Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society3
SOCL 499Senior Seminar1
Concentration Courses
Select three of the following:9
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Aging in Society
Sociology of Gender
Sexuality and Society
Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender
Socialization: Changes Through Life
Family Violence
Gender, Family, and Society
Six hours of non-restricted sociology elective credit from among all approved electives6
Total Hours31

Inequality and Social Change

This concentration emphasizes inequalities, such as those of race, class, and sex, the manner in which such inequalities become structurally rooted in society, and the ways in which individuals and groups seek to reverse inequalities.

Core Courses
SOCL 100Introductory Sociology3
CSJ 200Introduction to Social Justice3
SOCL 300Using Statistics in Sociology3
SOCL 302Social Research Methods3
SOCL 304Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society3
SOCL 499Senior Seminar1
Concentration Courses
Select three of the following:9
Race, Class, and Crime
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Global Social Problems
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Systems of Social Inequality
Sociology of Gender
Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender
Diversity in American Society
Sociology of Globalization
Sociology of Health and Illness
Social Change
Gender, Family, and Society
Six hours of non-restricted sociology elective credit from among all approved electives6
Total Hours31

Finish in Four Plans

General, No Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003ENG 2003
SOCL 1003Any SOCL 200-level Elective3
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3HIST 101 or HIST 1023
MATH 109 (or higher)3COMM 1453
Language Course (if needed) or 2nd Major/Minor Course3FLK 2763
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 300 or COMM 2003SOCL 3003
SOCL 3023Sociology Elective3
SOCL 3043Colonnade: Connections23
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections132nd Major/Minor Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any Sociology Elective3Any Sociology Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course3Any Sociology Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections332nd Major/Minor Course3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any 300-400 level SOCL Elective3SOCL 4943
2nd Major/Minor Course3SOCL 4991
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours 121

Community, Environment & Development

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003ENG 2003
SOCL 1003SOCL 2703
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3HIST 101 or HIST 1023
MATH 109 (or higher)3COMM 1453
Language Course (if needed) or 2nd Major/Minor Course3FLK 2763
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 300 or COMM 2003SOCL 3003
SOCL 3023Any SCED Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course3Colonnade: Connections23
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections132nd Major/Minor Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any Sociology Elective3Any SCED Elective3
SOCL 3043Any Sociology Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections332nd Major/Minor Course3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any SCED Elective3SOCL 4943
2nd Major/Minor Course3SOCL 4991
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours 121

Inequality and Social Change

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003ENG 2003
SOCL 1003CSJ 2003
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3HIST 101 or HIST 1023
MATH 109 (or higher)3COMM 1453
Language Course (if needed) or 2nd Major/Minor Course3FLK 2763
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 300 or COMM 2003SOCL 3003
SOCL 3023Any SISC Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course3Colonnade: Connections23
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections132nd Major/Minor Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any SISC Elective3Any SISC Elective3
SOCL 3043Any Sociology Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections332nd Major/Minor Course3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any Sociology Elective3SOCL 4943
2nd Major/Minor Course3SOCL 4991
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours 121

Family, Gender & Sexuality

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003ENG 2003
SOCL 1003HIST 101 or HIST 1023
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3Any SOCL 200-Level Course3
MATH 109 (or higher)3COMM 1453
Language Course (if needed) or 2nd Major/Minor Course3FLK 2763
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 300 or COMM 2003SOCL 3003
SOCL 3023SOCL 2203
SOCL 3043Colonnade: Connections23
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections132nd Major/Minor Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any SFGS Elective3Any SFGS Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course3Any Sociology Elective3
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3
Colonnade: Connections332nd Major/Minor Course3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Any SFGS Elective3SOCL 4943
2nd Major/Minor Course3SOCL 4991
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 General Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours 121