Sociology Sample Schedule/Paradigm A 4-year plan to complete your Sociology major+ More The paradigm below is one example of how this major may be completed. Students may use their elective credits to explore other majors or to enroll in skill-building courses in mathematics, reading, writing and/or study skills. With planning, students may use these credits to complete a minor, enroll in a practicum or internship, or study abroad. Freshman Year - Fall LCT140 First Year Seminar 3 E120 English Composition 3 S110 Sociological Imagination (Area HS) 3 Gen.Ed.Content Area/Oral Communication Req. 3-4 General Education Content Area 3-4 Credits: 15-17 Freshman Year - Spring ST132 Reasoning with Statistics (Area QS) 3 Gen.Ed.Content Area/Oral Communication Req. 3-4 General Education Content Area 3-4 General Education Content Area 3-4 Elective 3 Credits: 15-18 Sophomore Year - Fall LCT225 Perspectives (may be taken spring semester) 3 S250 Logic of Analysis 4 Sociology Elective 3 General Education Content Area 3 General Education Content Area 3 Credits: 16 Sophomore Year - Spring S350 Field Methods 4 S304 Political & Social Thought I (Area HS) 4 Sociology Elective 3 General Education Content Area 3 General Education Content Area 3 Credits: 17 Junior Year - Fall LCT375 Global Issues (may be taken spring semester) 3 ID160 Artscore 2 Sociology Elective 3 Sociology Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 17 Junior Year - Spring Sociology Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 Senior Year - Fall Study Abroad – Mexico, OR 17 S496/497 Sociology Internship OR 6-15 S489 Thesis Development 1 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 16-17 Senior Year - Spring LCT475 Capstone (if not satisfied fall semester) 3 S498 Internship Integration (S496/497 needed fall semester) OR 1 S490 Research in Sociology (S489 needed fall semester) 2 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 16-17 It is the responsibility of the student to complete all major and university requirements. Please refer to the university catalog for additional information regarding this major. Course title and content is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Please consult with your major advisor for the most current information. Students enrolled in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the program director for the appropriate sequence of courses. Course descriptions + More (From the 2013-15 Catalog) The following courses are required for graduation. A. All of the following: S110 - Sociological Imagination (3 credits) The nature and foundations of society and the individual, the main forces that strengthen and weaken social groups and the conditions that transform social life are examined in this course. Offered every semester. S250 - Logic of Analysis (4 credits) This course examines the major sociological perspectives in conjunction with an instruction in the logic and procedures of gathering information about social phenomena. The course covers topics such as: the logic of the scientific method, research design, hypotheses formation, theory and methods of scaling, and research analysis. Also offered as PS242. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: S110 and either ST132 or ST232. S304 - Political and Social Thought I (4 credits) This course is devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of fundamental questions regarding the nature of man, politics and social relations. Values, ideas and practice as gleaned from the theories and writings of major thinkers from the 14th through early 20th centuries are explored. Special focus is directed toward ideas of Khadun, Machiavelli, Locke, and Durkheim. Other theorists, such as Marx, Weber and Gandhi are also considered. Also offered as PS304. Offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: either PS102 or S110. S350 - Field Methods (4 credits) This course offers a working experience in the purpose and tools of qualitative field methods. The course covers rapport, methods of observation, field notes, data coding and analysis, ethnography, focus groups and interviews, as well as an introduction to quasi-experimentation. Offered every semester. Also offered as PS342. B. One of the following: ST132 - Reasoning with Statistics (3 credits) This course is designed to develop student facility in the use of statistical methods and the understanding of statistical concepts. The course takes a practical approach based on statistical examples taken from everyday life. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, an intuitive introduction to probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, regression and correlation. Appropriate technology is used to perform the calculations for many applications, and correspondingly an emphasis is placed on interpreting the results of statistical procedures. Credit is not granted for this course and any of the following: BU215, B392 or ST232. Prerequisite: mathematics competency. ST232 - Introduction to Statistics (2 credits) This course is designed to provide the basic ideas and techniques of statistics. Topics include: descriptive and inferential statistics, an intuitive introduction to probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, regression and correlation. This course makes significant use of appropriate technology. Topics in this course are treated at a higher mathematical level than they are treated in ST132. Credit is not granted for this course and any of the following: BU215, B392 or ST132. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: departmental placement or minimum C grade in M148. C. Fifteen credits in sociology selected in consultation with a department advisor from the following. S305 - Political and Social Thought II (4 credits) This course is devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of fundamental questions regarding the nature of man, politics and social relations. Values, ideas and priorities as gleaned from the theories and writings of major thinkers from the late 19th and 20th centuries are explored. Special focus is directed toward ideas from the Federalists, Economic Interventionist and Social Elitists. Other topics are selected based on student and instructor interests. Also offered as PS305. Offered every fall semester. Prerequisite: S110. S310-319 - Topics in Sociology (1-4 credits) Selected topics in sociology may be offered depending on student and faculty interest. S320 - Children and the State (4 credits) This course focuses on the concept of youth in contemporary society in terms of their behaviors, roles, experiences, and treatment. It does so within the context of the evolution and structural development of two major social institutions: the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The course uses a sociological framework to emphasize the social, economic, and political realities of childhood in American society. Offered spring semester. S365 - Sociology of Aging (3 credits) The course is an attempt to provide an introduction to a field which is rapidly becoming one of the major areas of research in the social sciences and to bring about an awareness and knowledge about the process of aging. Old people and their needs, the impact of growing numbers of old people in our institutions, and the effect of these institutions on the aged is examined. Prerequisite: S110. S400-405 - Sociology Seminars (1-3 credits) Specialized courses in particular areas of interest. Prerequisite: consent of department. S406 - Environmental Sociology (3 credits) This seminar course examines the enduring conflict that exists between the biophysical realm and humanly produced environments. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the social construction of environmental problems, the treadmill of production and nature, rationalization and environmental problems, and environmental justice. Offered every other fall semester. Prerequisites: S110 and junior or senior status. S407 - Social and Political Movements (3 credits) This course examines the life cycle and impact of social and political movements, focusing on how the process of frame alignment, mobilizing networks and political opportunities shape movements. Also offered as PS334. Offered every other fall semester. Prerequisite: PS102 or S110. S425 - Ethnicity, Class and Gender (3 credits) This course provides numerous theoretical perspectives on ethnicity, class and gender along with a variety of activities which ensure each student an opportunity for developing an experience base with members of various ethnic, social class and gender communities. Also offered as CJ425. Prerequisite: S110. S443 - Sociology of the Family (3 credits) A comprehensive study of the family and associated institutions, theories and research in American family structure and function, cross-cultural comparisons, family interaction dynamics, disorganization, and change is included. Prerequisite: S110. S469 - Individual Research (1-3 credits) Individual research supervised by the department. D. Section D or E: S489 - Thesis Development (1 credit) In this course the student starts on the thesis requirement for the social science and sociology majors. The student is expected to select a topic and design the research project. The course is conducted primarily on an independent basis in consultation with an advisor. Prerequisite: S350. S490 - Research in Sociology (2 credits) In this course the student is expected to complete an original research project which is required for the social science and sociology majors. Prerequisite: S489. E. Section D or E; minimum six credit internship: S496/497 - Sociology Internship (1-17 credits) This off-campus internship provides qualified juniors or seniors an opportunity to participate in field experience under the guidance and supervision of competent professionals. Prerequisite: consent of department chair. S498 - Internship Integration (1 credit) This in-depth paper, written under supervision of sociology faculty, involves an integration of theoretical and experience research related to the studentﾒs social science or sociology internship. Prerequisites: minimum six-credit internship and consent of department chair. F. Elective Courses AN300 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits) A general introduction to the study of human culture. Topics: anthropology as an academic discipline, nature of human language, human culture, history of anthropological thought, and human social organizations. (Offered every spring semester). GE305 - Introduction to Geography (3 credits) A general introduction to the study of geography, with special emphasis on linking geographyﾒs basic concepts to the realms and major regions of the world. (Offered every semester.) S298 - Field Exploration (1-3 credits) A field exploration in sociology involves supervised field work in particular areas of the studentﾒs interest. The student is expected to commit at least ten hours per week to the field exploration experience (varies according to the number of credits assigned to the field exploration). S301 - Crime and Delinquency (3 credits) The study of deviant behavior as it relates to the definition of crime, crime statistics, theories of crime causation, and crime typologies are treated. The course covers topics such as criminological research, explanations of crime and delinquency, and the development of criminal justice policies. Offered every fall semester. Prerequisites: CJ111 and S110.