Sociology Concentration

The Sociology Concentration requires a minimum of 39 units, of which 24 must be upper-level. A minimum of 21 of the required total units in the Sociology Concentration must be earned at Towson University. Up to 18 units can be completed elsewhere and applied toward the concentration with the approval of a department adviser.

Basic Required Courses (9-10 Units)
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
or SOCI 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Select one of the following: 3
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
PALEOANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Select one of the following:3-4
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
BASIC STATISTICS
SOCIAL STATISTICS
Lower-Level Sociology Electives (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT
BLACKS IN AMERICA:MYTHS AND REALITY
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
STATUS, FRIENDSHIP, INTIMACY 1
Theory and Methods Component (6 Units)
(Recommended order: 381 before 391)
SOCI 381SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY3
SOCI 391RESEARCH METHODS3
Application, Engagement and Advanced Study (3-4 Units)
Select one of the following courses:3-4
ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD METHODS
SOCIOLOGICAL ANLYSIS 2
DEMOGRAPHY
THEORIES OF CRIME
SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY 2
INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY I
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
HONORS READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY 3
Upper-Level Sociology Electives (15 Units)
Five courses from the following three thematic categories; at least one course must be completed from each group, and at least four courses must be SOCI code courses:15
Social Inequalities
ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
LATINAS IN THE AMERICAS
NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS
ISSUES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
RACE AND CRIME
WOMEN AND CRIME
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
CLASS, STATUS AND POWER
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY 4
SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION
INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY II 5
HONORS THESIS IN SOCIOLOGY 3
Social Processes/Interaction
MORAL PANICS 1
INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE
INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
DEVIANCE AND ORGANIZATIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS
DEVIANT BEHAVIOR
SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY
TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY 4
INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY II 5
HONORS THESIS IN SOCIOLOGY 3
Social Institutions/Contexts
THE FAMILY
RELIGION AND SOCIETY
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
DEVIANCE AND ORGANIZATIONS
POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
WORK AND OCCUPATIONS
ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY
TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY (Sociology Outside the Classroom) 4
TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY 4
SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY II 5
HONORS THESIS IN SOCIOLOGY 3
Total Units39-41
1

Not open to students who have already completed course carrying the same title but previously offered under a different number.

2

Recommended for students considering graduate school in sociology.

3

Students who wish to graduate with Departmental Honors must complete both SOCI 498 and SOCI 499 and follow honors procedures.  Contact the department for this information.  Adviser conset required for approval of SOCI 499.  Topic of thesis must be related to designated area in order for course to count.  Course cannot be counted in more than one  place.

4

No more than two 370-level "Topics" courses can be completed for credit in the SOCI concentration.  Adviser consent required for approval in designated area.  Topic of course must be related to designated area in order for course to count.  Course cannot be counted in more than one place.

5

Adviser consent required for approval of SOCI 492 in designated area.  Topic of internships must be related to designated area in order for course to count.  Course cannot be counted in more than one place.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following: 3Select one of the following:3
MATH 109 or MATH 111 or Lower-level SOCI Elective3-4MATH 109 or MATH 111 or Statistics requirement3-4
Three Non-major courses9Three Non-major courses 9
 15-16 15-16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Statistics requirement or Lower-level SOCI Elective3-4Lower-level SOCI Elective3
Four Non-major courses12Upper-level SOCI Elective3
 Three Non-major courses 9
 15-16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SOCI 381 or Upper-level SOCI Elective3SOCI 381 or Upper-level SOCI Elective3
Upper-level SOCI Elective3SOCI 391 or Upper-level SOCI Elective3
Three Non-major courses 9Three Non-major courses 9
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SOCI 391 or Upper-level SOCI Elective3App/Eng/Adv study course or Upper-level SOCI Elective3
App/Eng/Adv study course or Upper-level SOCI Elective3Upper-level SOCI Elective3
Three Non-major courses9Three Non-major courses9
 15 15
Total Units 120-123

1. Demonstrate effective written and presentation skills appropriate within the major.
2. Formulate social research questions, identify and apply various relevant methods, and demonstrate the ability to interpret research findings.
3. Analyze how people’s lives are shaped by a social world that includes diversity, inequality, social processes and structures.
4. Apply theoretical and methodological tools of the disciplines to conceptualize and evaluate contemporary social issues and phenomena.