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keepcalmUndergraduate Programs - Three Specializations

*Major Goals* | *Three Specializations* |*Admission Requirements* | *Retention* | *Course Requirements* |*Recommended Links*|
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Statement of Major Goals

In Sociology, we'd like you to develop skills that will help you find jobs.  But not any jobs -- jobs you'll love.    In the Sociology Department at SIUE, you'll become a well-informed, active citizens who appreciates creativity and diversity.

In your classes, you'll learn how to understand, use, and apply social theory and social research methods. You'll gain experience in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.  You'll gain skills understanding diversity and its impact on society.     But most importantly, we like our students to become change-agents -- people in the world who make change happen rather than shrink from change.   So not only will you learn about how to think about the world critically, you'll gain experience in how to change the world around you for the better.

Three Specializations

We have so many different students with many, many different interests.  For that reason, we have created three different kinds of degrees.  The general sociology degree is the more traditional approach.  With General Sociology, your final exit requirements prepare you to develop and complete research projects.  Students who focus in general sociology can gain more skill in working with quantitative data sets or qualitative theory development.  You will learn how to read and write research reports.   Skills that many employers seek.  The Employment Relations and Diversity and Social Justice specializations are more applied. In Employment Relations you will take classes related to the sociology of work and complete an internship as your exit requirement.  With Diversity and Social Justice, students learn about how to work in non-profit organizaitons or activist movements, with an internship also as your culminating senior experience.  The internship not only provides students with hands-on working experience, but you also develop and complete a research paper that applies sociological concepts to your internship experience. So no worries, you are not missing out on research.

Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in sociology include admission to the University and successful completion of high school course specific requirements.

Retention Standards

Students majoring in sociology are required to maintain a cumulative average of 2.0 (C) or higher in their sociology courses.

Students must also make at least Cs or better in all required courses.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements: Please see the CAS advisers for information about Gen Ed. Requirements
The specialization web-pages give information about sociology course sequencing and requirements related to their specialization.

Requirements for Major in Sociology: 36 Hours

General Sociology
Sociology Required: 111, 301, 302, 303, 493, 495: 18 Hours
Sociology Electives: 18 Hours

Employment Relations
Sociology Required: 111, 301, 302, 303, 338, 431, 433: 21 hours
Sociology Electives: 15 hours

Diversity and Social Justice
Sociology Required: 111, 301, 302, 303, 325, 411, 433:  21 hours
Sociology Electives:  15 hours

Recommended Links

  • American Sociological Association - Information on the leading national organization in sociology.
  • Midwest Sociological Society - This Web page includes links to the annual meetings agendas and calls for papers, the Midwest Sociologist newsletter, and more!
  • Illinois Sociological Association - Information on the annual meeting, newsletters (completely online!), board contacts, and more!
  • Society for Applied Sociology - This Web site not only offers infornation on this national organization, but even allows you to register, submit a paper, or propose a session for its annual meetings.
  • Social Science Information Gateway - A worldwide compendium of interesting Web sites related to sociology and the other social sciences.
  • SocioWeb - Lots more sociology Web resources - including a comprehensive directory of sociology departments on the Web.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education - A weekly publication that offers information concerning general issues in higher education.
  • Libraries - Information on libraries across the nation and around the world.
  • American Studies Web - A comprehensive listing of links to sites relating to a number of social-scientific subject areas pertaining to the United States. A really wide variety of interesting and unusual sites can be accessed from here, particularly from the various race and ethnicity entries and the sociology and demography entries.
  • NEW OCTOBER, 2005! Who Rules America? - A great new resource on the sociological study of power in the United States, by sociologist G. William Domhoff, author of the best-selling book by the same title, and leading researcher on U.S. power structure.
  • U.S. Bureau of the Census Home Page - Links to a variety of population data from the Bureau, updated frequently and including Bureau press releases. Additional data can be obtained from the Population Division Home Page.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States - Get data on a wide variety of subjects, instantly over the Web.
  • Cyberspace and Society - Join an electronic mail list on social issues and the effects of the computer revolution on society.
  • ICPSR - Find out how you can obtain data over the Internet from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research.
  • Open Letter from the U.S. Committee for the Sociotron - A massive sociotechnological breakthrough?!?

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