Sociology relates to the nature and causes of
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.
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
Clubs and Organizations
Science Club provides for the unity of those interested in all of the
The Butler Sociology Award
is available for sociology students.
Internships are elective options and are worked out between the student and
the placement site. Contact the department chair if interested.
Potential career options include social services,
not-for-profit agencies, schools (support services), social workers, and
- 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
- SOC 2003 Social Problems
- Study of current social problems of American and world
societies. Focus is on the description, causation and solution of
- 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
- 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
- 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
Six hours of sociology electives.
Select 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
- 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
- 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
- SOC 3083 Psychological and Sociological Implications of Cognitive
- 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
- 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.