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2009 - 2011 Catalog 
2009 - 2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.S.

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The sociology program, with both a traditional and a criminal justice concentration, offers students a behavioral education which is based in the liberal arts and which is designed to encourage and develop scientific inquiry and an understanding of human behavior, culture, and society. Competencies within the program assist students in recognizing their total University experiences as cumulative, coherent, and unified. The program helps students develop as individuals and as responsible citizens in a democratic society. Students are encouraged and prepared to pursue graduate work in sociology. Aided by a location with superior resources, the program is an integral part of the overall University curriculum and of several specific degree offerings within and outside the School of Business and Social Sciences. The program does not focus on specific career-related training but provides a solid basis for students to develop skills applicable to a wide range of employment opportunities.

The four-year curriculum leads to the bachelor of science degree in sociology. Candidates for this degree are required to complete a minimum of 128 semester hours.

Curriculum for a Major in Sociology, Traditional Concentration

Total hours required, 36 Hours:


It is assumed that SOCI 203 - General Sociology  will be taken as a general studies requirement preparatory to pursuance of the sociology major or minor curriculum.

SOCI 205 - Social Problems  is a prerequisite for the following courses: SOCI 312 , SOCI 402 , SOCI 403 , SOCI 405 , SOCI 410 .

Curriculum for a Major in Sociology, Criminal Justice Concentration


All students transferring from or completing a two-year program at Shepherd may use all the sociology and criminal justice courses taken in the two-year program to substitute for required courses and electives in the sociology major with the criminal justice concentration. All courses transferring from other educational systems will have to be examined on a course-by-course basis.

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