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Degree Requirements

Clubs & Organizations

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Debbie Gamble
Coordinator of Sociology
(417) 328-1734

Visit the Department of Behavioral Sciences website for more information.

Sociology relates to the nature and causes of social problems.

It aids students in understanding social institutions, group life, and the influence of environmental factors upon the individual and society. Theoretical bases of sociology are integrated throughout the major.

The SBU Advantage

  • The program is a very applied field of study.
  • Integration of Christian faith principles in the area of sociology.

Course Information

A Sociology degree is available as either a Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science. The B.A. degree requires two semesters of a foreign language and 36 hours in sociology classes. The B.S. requires 36 hours in sociology plus 8-9 hours of upper-level sociology, or 8-9 hours of upper level natural science; OR (2) Complete the requirements for a minor within the department OR (3) Complete the requirements for a second major as listed in the catalog. Note: The approved second major from this department would be either Psychology or Criminal Justice.

Clubs and Organizations

The Behavioral Science Club provides for the unity of those interested in all of the behavioral sciences.


The Butler Sociology Award is available for sociology students.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are elective options and are worked out between the student and the placement site. Contact the department chair if interested.

Career Opportunities

Potential career options include social services, not-for-profit agencies, schools (support services), social workers, and graduate school.

Degree Requirements

SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology
Survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology. Topics of the nature and development of culture; social aspects of personality; population trends, social classes, institutions and social change.
SOC 2003 Social Problems
Study of current social problems of American and world societies. Focus is on the description, causation and solution of these problems.
SOC 2233 Introduction to Research
This course will provide students with an overview of the various research methods in the behavioral sciences. Specific attention will be given to the different methods of assessment, evaluation, and research inquiry found in the fields of psychology, sociology, and social work.
SOC 3243 Elementary Statistics
Measurement, averages, variability, percentile rank, normal curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the behavior sciences.
SOC 4063 Sociological Theory
A seminar approach to the study of the history and development of social thought, including contributions of the basic ideas of the major theorists.
SOC 2001 Sophomore Seminar
This is a topical course emphasizing the content of the major and the APA (American Psychological Association) style of writing.
SOC 3001 Junior Seminar
This is a topical course emphasizing the career opportunities for behavioral science majors and graduate school preparation.
SOC 4001 Senior Seminar
This a topical course for behavioral sciences majors, which emphasizes professional development and ethics of the profession and also serves as a capstone course for the purposes of integration and assessment.
Choose two courses from the following:
SOC 3023 Sociology of Gender
This course is an overview of sociological concepts and perspectives on gender.
SOC 3063 Community Sociology
This course examines the development of the community and community-based problem solving. Included is a study of the changing rural, urban, and global structures, organizations, services, and demographics.
SOC 4003 Understanding Women
A course designed to increase awareness of sex roles and their influence on women's sexuality, relationships and mental health. Emphasis is placed on surveying and examining the modern woman's place in society-her roles and experiences as a single woman, wife, mother and career person.
SOC 4043 Minorities in American Society
Provides an overview of majority/minority relations within the United States, including an in-depth examination of current social problems facing America's racial and ethnic minorities.
SOC 4083 Gerontology
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the theories of aging, the way the aging individual relates to the social systems, adjustment patterns of the aging and societal issues confronting older Americans.
Choose one course from the following:
SOC 3003 The Family
A study of family life, dating, marriage and the family life-course. Attention is given to present day problems and trends.
SOC 3073 Social Psychology
Social behavior of individuals and the major processes of social interaction, social influence, group structure, the individual and the system and socialization.
SOC 4033 Criminology
A study of sociological theories of crime and delinquency, of crime control including punishment and treatment, and of practices and organizations of police, courts, probation and parole departments and prisons.
SOC 4073 Sociology of Religion
A study of the social and cultural influences on religion in the American and global society.
SOC 4233 Research Design and Methods
Intensive analysis of experimental designs and methods of research including measurement issues, ethical considerations, sampling techniques, data-gathering techniques, data analysis and interpretation, presentations and reporting of results.
Choose one course from the following:
SOC 2982 Community Project
An experiential course which allows the development of a quasi-volunteer/professional relationship of the student with a local agency, for the purposes of assisting that agency with a specific project related to the mission of that agency. The coordinator of human services or the department chair will assist with arrangements.
SOC 3033 Family Violence
This course examines the issues of violence in the family and the various implications in both treatment and society’s response. Applications of the law in the State of Missouri will also be addressed.
SOC 3083 Psychological and Sociological Implications of Cognitive Impairment
Definition, diagnosis, classification, perceptual and conceptual evaluation. Multi-disciplinary approach to cognitive impairments.
SOC 4053 Dealing with Death and Dying
An examination of how society and its institutions, the individual and survivors view and are affected by the process of dying and death. Guidelines are provided to enable the students to aid others and themselves in dealing with death and dying.
SOC 4333 Child Abuse
A study of child abuse and neglect with consideration given to causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. A special section is included dealing with the treatment of adult survivors of child abuse.
SOC 4373 Being Human and Addicted
A study of the effects of drugs on the human being, issues of physiology, psychology, sociology and religion will be addressed as they relate to chemical dependency. An overview of treatment methods and therapy will be included.
Plus six hours of sociology electives.