Undergraduate Sociology Major
Sociology includes the study of social problems and issues facing the United States and internationally. Representative topics may include family, politics, economy, religion, education, communities, crime, population, environment, social change, aging and many others. Additionally, sociologists study social values that promote understanding, affirmation, and respect for people from diverse backgrounds; integrates knowledge on vulnerable populations; and covers the effects of inequality, discrimination, stigma, and prejudice on human functioning. Sociology explores the understanding of economic and social justice for all groups.
Students of sociology have the opportunity to translate course content into applied research projects and internships that develop skills preparing them for employment or advanced study in graduate and professional schools.
Substantial service-learning projects are integrated into the advanced undergraduate sociology curriculum, which opens opportunities for students to contribute to meaningful research in gerontology, community development, and public health.
The sociology program is associated with Community Development Initiatives (CDI), a component of the ASU Center for Community Wellness, Engagement and Development. Faculty and advanced sociology students work with community partners on a variety of significant community development and public health projects.
These undergraduate degree plans are available online and in the department:
- Class Schedule
- University Catalogs
- Exit Procedures for Seniors - Instructions for Seniors in their Last Semester
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
This plan requires students to take courses in a foreign language and requires 120 semester credit hours.
Bachelor of Science in Sociology
This plan does not require foreign language study, but does require students to take more courses in research methods and the sciences and requires 120 semester credit hours.
Please fill out the application for Sociology degree plan and return to Academic 204.
United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Mu of Texas is our local chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society.
The ASU faculty sponsor is Shirley Simpson.
Please contact the student president for membership details. Student eligibility requirements include:
Junior standing or higher
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
Sociology GPA of 3.0 or higher
At least 12 hours of sociology credit, whether students are majoring or minoring in sociology or have a substantive interest in the subject.
Internship in Sociology
Internship In Sociology
Internships are available during the fall and spring semesters to qualified students who have (a) completed at least 15 credit hours in SOCIOLOGY and (b) have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
Upon acceptance as an intern, a faculty coordinator from the Department of Psychology and Sociology will consult with an appropriate representative of a human service agency or entity in the San Angelo area to arrange an internship assignment for the following fall or spring semester. Duties will be performed for the agency or entity under the supervision of the faculty coordinator and an appropriate representative from the field setting.
The intern will be evaluated by the faculty coordinator and the field-setting supervisor. Three semester hours of credit will be received for successful completion of 150 clock hours of internship experience, and six semester hours of credit will be received for successful completion of 300 clock hours. A maximum of three of these semester credit hours may be counted toward a major in Sociology.
To receive credit toward the major, sociology majors should register for Sociology 4371 or 4671. Students cannot receive credit for both internships. Admission to the internship requires approval by the internship coordinator and the Head of the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Applications may be obtained in the main office of the department.
Sociology Courses, Titles and semester offered
Intro to Sociology
Fall, Spring, Summer
American Political Culture
Social Change and Development
Population and Ecology
Social Research and Data Analysis
Human Diversity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Aging
Death and Dying
Social Deviance and Social Control
* Note: sometimes offered
Undergraduate Courses in Sociology (SOC)
1301/SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology (3-0). Outline of the sociological perspective and a survey of topical studies in sociology. Representative topics may include family, politics, economy, religion, education, crime, population, environment, and others.
1306/SOCI 1306 Social Problems (3-0). Study of social problems and issues facing the United States. Major problems and issues are analyzed and alternative solutions are evaluated. The course is designed for non-majors as well as majors.
2326/SOCI 2326 Social Psychology (3-0). A survey of environmental forces as they affect individual and group behavior. Topics to be studied include subcultural influences, group dynamics, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior and health. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Psychology 2319.)
Prerequisite: Psychology 2301 or Sociology 1301.
3310 American Political Culture (3-0). A study of the cultural context of American politics, the development and transmission of political attitudes and values, and the role of public opinion in the political process. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Political Science 3311.)
3312 Social Change and Development (3-0). Topics of current interest concerning social changes related to the global processes of industrial development and modernization.
3315 The Family (3-0). The family as a social institution and its relationships to other institutions, with special emphasis on the American family in a time of rapid social change.
3319 Population and Ecology (3-0). Topics of current interest concerning human population dynamics and relationships between man and the environment.
3325 Social Research and Data Analysis (3-0). A review of the methods of social research with a brief introduction to elementary statistics, data analysis, and practice in computer applications.
3327 Human Diversity and Social Inequality (3-0). A study of social values that promotes the understanding, affirmation, and respect for people from diverse backgrounds; integrates knowledge on at-risk populations and covers the effects of inequality, discrimination, stigma, and prejudice on human functioning. Promotes the understanding of economic and social justice.
3341 Juvenile Delinquency (3-0). A study of the nature, extent, and varieties of delinquency in the United States relative to social institutions and peer groups. The course will survey historical and current theory as well as research pertaining to delinquent behavior, treatment, and prevention.
3343 Criminology (3-0). A survey of the nature and extent of crime in America. The course will examine classical and contemporary theory as well as research pertaining to criminal behavior, treatment, and prevention.
4161 Integrative Seminar in Sociology (1-0). Senior capstone course for sociology majors that facilitates a synthesis of the sociology curriculum. This course focuses on the application of sociology across a variety of settings. An exit examination is required.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.
4301 Sociological Theory (3-0). Analysis of the main traditions of sociological thought.
Prerequisite: Sociology 1301.
4323 Community Development (3-0). A service learning course focusing on community development. Students will have assigned readings and engage in applied social research while being assigned to work in the San Angelo community on one of the department’s priority service learning projects.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.
4331 Sociology of Aging (3-0). A study of the social dimensions and significance of the aging experience: the individual experience of aging, description of the aging population and the social status of the aged, and the consequences of aging and the aged on society.
4332 Death and Dying (3-0). An extension of social gerontology into the last stage of the life course, examining such topics as the social and personal meaning of death and dying, grief and bereavement, and the interrelationships between the dying person and family, friends, and professionals.
4341 Social Deviance and Social Control (3-0). Provides a conceptual and theoretical overview of deviance in society and analysis of specific types of deviance with emphasis on a sociological understanding of the meanings, processes, and control of deviant behavior.
4371, 4671 Internship in Sociology. The student will be assigned to work in a social service agency. (4371 may be repeated once.)
Prerequisites: Completion of 15 credit hours of sociology, departmental selection.
4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in sociology. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)
4391 Research. A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students majoring in sociology. (May be repeated once for credit.)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.