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
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
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
Theory and Methods Component 1
SOCI 381SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY3
SOCI 391RESEARCH METHODS3
Application, Engagement and Advanced Study
Select one of the following courses:3-4
ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD METHODS
THEORIES OF CRIME
SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS 2
DEMOGRAPHY
SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY 2
INTERNSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY I
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
HONORS READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY 3
Upper-Level Sociology Electives
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 from Sociology (SOCI):15
Social Inequalities
ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
LATINAS IN THE AMERICAS
NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS
ISSUES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
RACE, CRIME, AND JUSTICE
WOMEN, CRIME, AND JUSTICE
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
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
DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE
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

SOCI 381 recommended to be taken before SOCI 391

2

SOCI 300 and SOCI 485 are 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

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Select one of the following: 3Select one of the following:3
ANTH 207 (Core 12)
ECON 205 (Core 3)
ANTH 210 (Core 12)
MATH 231 (Core 3)
ANTH 212 (Core 8)
SOCI 101 or 102 (Core 6)3Core 3 (if not taken above) or Elective3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 8 (or Core 12)3-4Core 43
Elective3Elective3
 15-16 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Lower-Level SOCI Elective3-4Lower-Level SOCI Elective3
Core 53Upper-Level SOCI Elective3
Core 73-4Core 93
Elective3Core 103
Elective3Elective3
 15-17 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
SOCI 3813SOCI 3913
Upper-Level SOCI Elective3Upper-Level SOCI Elective3
Core 113Core 143
Core 133Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
App/Eng/Adv Study Course3Upper-Level SOCI Elective3
Upper-Level SOCI Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 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.