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Department of Sociology

The Sociology Department seeks to enhance one’s understanding of human societies, including such aspects as social institutions, cultures, social problems and social change. 

Students who desire to study the criminal justice system or the social service field may pursue a bachelor of arts degree with a major in either criminal justice or sociology. Students who major in criminal justice will be prepared for careers in the criminal justice field as well as for entry into graduate programs in criminal justice. Students who study sociology will be prepared for careers in the social service field as well as for graduate study in sociology. 

Criminal Justice

Students who choose criminal justice as a major for the bachelor of arts degree complete CJ 105, 111, 112, 321, 345, 346, 381, 382, 495 (three hours); PS 111; SW 236; and two courses from CJ 215, 322, PS 342, 346, 455, 456, 466, PY 211, 215, 351, 461, SO 321, 333, and 413. The following specific core requirements will be necessary in order to fulfill prerequisites to courses required in the major: PY 111 and SO 111.

The minor in criminal justice requires CJ 105, 111, 112, 345, 346; and seven additional hours from CJ 215, 321, 322, PS 111, 342, 346, 455, 456, 466, PY 211, 215, 351, 461, SO 321, 333, 413, and SW 236.

Sociology

Students who choose sociology as a major for the bachelor of arts degree complete SO 111, 381, 382, 481, 485, 490 or 495; and 21 additional hours in sociology, which may include HS/PS 342, PY 321 and SW 236. Sociology majors may not count SO 141 toward the core social science requirement.

The minor in sociology requires SO 111, 485; and 16 additional hours in sociology.

For information about requirements for Indiana teacher licensing in sociology, refer to the section on social studies teacher licensing. 

Urban Studies Minor

Students who choose urban studies as a minor complete 24 hours of study, including SO 111, 321, 351, 413, and 12 hours from CJ/SO 345, MI 233CO, 233UM, 321, 376, 377, PY 461, SO 333, 421, 495, and SW 236.

Cyber Security Minor and Cyber Security Management Minor

Students interested in adding a cyber security minor or a cyber security management minor may refer to the description in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Forensic Accounting Minor

Students interested in adding a forensic accounting minor may refer to the description in the Department of Business.

Forensic Science Minor

Students interested in adding a forensic science minor may refer to the description in the Department of Biology.

Courses in Criminal Justice

CJ 105 Introduction to Law
(3 credits - Fall)

Survey of the fields of criminal law and criminal procedure, civil law and civil procedure, torts, business and contract law, property and constitutional law. Attention is given to preparation for law school and aspects of the legal profession.
Identical with PS 105.

CJ 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

This course will provide an overview and analysis of the U.S. criminal justice system, including the roles of law enforcement, the court system and the corrections system.

CJ 112 Introduction to Corrections
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

Topics in this course will include the history and philosophy of corrections, various types of corrections and their strengths and limitations and current trends in corrections.

CJ 215 Fundamentals of Law Enforcement
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

Fundamentals of Law Enforcement introduces fundamental concepts in regards to the operations and organization of police departments along with basic knowledge in key areas of policing, such as recruitment, interviewing for a police job, traffic stops, crash investigations, force continuum, and proactive community policing strategies.
Prerequisite: Criminal justice major or minor

CJ 321 Criminal Investigations
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course will focus on the elements and techniques of criminal investigations, including crime scene examination, collection and preservation of evidence, questioning of suspects and other information and witness gathering procedures.
Prerequisite: CJ 111

CJ 322 Forensics
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course deals with the methods of collecting forensic evidence, techniques for the proper analysis and documentation of that evidence, and use of forensic evidence in criminal trials.
Prerequisite: CJ 111

CJ 345 Criminology
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This course examines theoretical explanations of crime, the distribution of crime within the U.S. population, legal definitions of crime and victimology.
Identical with SO 345.
Prerequisites: SO 111 and criminal justice major or minor or sociology major or minor

CJ 346 Juvenile Justice
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

This course will examine the history of juvenile justice in the U.S., current trends in juvenile justice, differences between the adult and juvenile justice systems as well as the rationales for those differences and developmental issues that are particularly relevant in understanding juvenile delinquency.
Prerequisite: CJ 111

CJ 381 Introduction to Research Methods
(3 credits - Fall)

Introduces behavioral science research as a scientific process. Students become familiar with the basics of empirical research design, descriptive and basic inferential data analysis techniques and interpretation, measurement considerations, empirical journal articles, APA style scholarly writing and ethical issues in research. Students will analyze and interpret data and write APA style reports. Students will also develop basic skills in analyzing data using statistical analysis software.
Identical with CO 380, PY 381 and SO 381.
Prerequisites: PY 111 or SO 111, and completion of or current enrollment in core math

CJ 382 Applied Research Methods
(3 credits - Spring)

A continuation of the 381 course, though additional focus is placed on the execution and dissemination of behavioral science research. Topics include empirical research design and statistical data analysis, analysis and critique of empirical research, implications of research results and writing in APA style. Students will plan, conduct, analyze and present a research project during the course, and they will further develop skills in analyzing data using statistical analysis software.
Identical with PY 382 and SO 382.
Prerequisite: CJ 381 and completion of core math

CJ 490 Independent Study in Criminal Justice
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

The study of a problem, a research paper or a project related to the criminal justice major.
Prerequisite: Consent

CJ 495 Internship
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, January, Spring, Summer)

Full-time involvement in a field situation of criminal justice maintaining close cooperation with the supervisory personnel in the selected field. An in-depth paper will be submitted.
Prerequisite: Consent

Courses in Sociology

SO 111 Principles of Sociology
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Basic concepts, theories, methods and principles of sociology. Topics will include social institutions, the dynamics of change and the diverse behavior of people in different parts of the world.

SO 141 Cultural Anthropology
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

This course will focus on the perspectives and terminology of the field of cultural anthropology, including the development of culture, similarities and differences among various cultures and processes of change.

SO 171 Development and Sustainability
(3 credits - Spring)

This course examines the various political, economic, cultural and environmental factors that are critical to sustaining healthy, vibrant communities. Healthy communities facilitate "persistence in place" and promote the long-term stability of human populations. Through various case studies, students will explore factors that result in community deterioration and ultimately, dispersal of human populations. This course is intended to develop practical skills and academic competencies for further academic and professional work in international affairs, immigrant and refugee studies and community development.
Identical with PS 171.

SO 195 Job Shadow in Sociology
(1 to 2 credits - Fall, Spring)

Students observe the daily routines and activities of employed professionals and see how skills and knowledge acquired in class are applied in the sociology field.
Prerequisite: Consent

SO 292 Marriage and the Family
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

A study of the family as a social institution. The life cycle of the family will be analyzed, including dating, marriage, child rearing and later life. Family problems and the impact of social change will also be considered.

SO 295 Practicum in Sociology
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Practicum in some aspect of sociology designed to give student practical, directed experience.
Prerequisite: Consent

SO 311 Social Gerontology
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This course will explore the social aspects of aging. Role changes associated with aging, the impact of those changes, social responses to the elderly and issues of death and dying will be considered.
Prerequisite: SO 111

SO 321 Minority Groups
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

The focus of this course is intergroup relations of a dominant-minority character. The majority-minority relations in many societies are examined with emphasis on American patterns. The goal is to identify the universal behavior patterns and basic concepts in the study of majority-minority relations.
Prerequisite: SO 111

SO 333 Social Welfare Institutions
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

A study of the ideology, function and structure of the public and private auspices by which societies seek to assure the well being of their members, historically and currently. American society is the primary focus, accompanied by ongoing global comparisons. Key topics include poverty, oppression, health care, education and families.
Prerequisite: SO 111

SO 341 Religion and Behavioral Science
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

This course considers the contributions of psychology and sociology to the understanding of religion, which is studied both as an individual experience and as a social institution. The influence of personality factors and social variables on religious behavior will be considered. Topics will include stages of faith development, conversion, mysticism, charismatic experience, cults and the influence of social class on religion.
Identical with PY 341.
Prerequisite: PY 111 or SO 111

SO 345 Criminology
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This course examines theoretical explanations of crime, the distribution of crime within the U.S. population, legal definitions of crime and victimology.
Identical with CJ 345.
Prerequisites: SO 111 and criminal justice major or minor or sociology major or minor

SO 351 Social Psychology
(3 credits - Fall)

A study of how the thoughts, feelings and behavior of individuals are influenced by others. Topics include attitude formation and change, prejudice, conformity, leadership, interpersonal attraction, prosocial behavior and cooperation/competition.
Identical with PY 351.
Prerequisites: PY 111 or SO 111 and sophomore standing at time of registration

SO 381 Introduction to Research Methods
(3 credits - Fall)

Introduces behavioral science research as a scientific process. Students become familiar with the basics of empirical research design, descriptive and basic inferential data analysis techniques and interpretation, measurement considerations, empirical journal articles, APA style scholarly writing and ethical issues in research. Students will analyze and interpret data and write APA style reports. Students will also develop basic skills in analyzing data using statistical analysis software.
Identical with CJ 381, CO 380 and PY 381.
Prerequisites: PY 111 or SO 111, and completion of or current enrollment in core math

SO 382 Applied Research Methods
(3 credits - Spring)

A continuation of the 381 course, though additional focus is placed on the execution and dissemination of behavioral science research. Topics include empirical research design and statistical data analysis, analysis and critique of empirical research, implications of research results and writing in APA style. Students will plan, conduct, analyze and present a research project during the course, and they will further develop skills in analyzing data using statistical analysis software.
Identical with CJ 382 and PY 382.
Prerequisite: SO 381 and completion of core math

SO 395 Practicum in Sociology
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Practicum in some aspect of sociology designed to give student practical, directed experience.
Prerequisite: Consent

SO 413 The City
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course examines the process of urbanization in the U.S. as well as in other societies. Urban life styles and the social changes and problems associated with urbanization will also be explored.
Identical with EB 413.
Prerequisite: SO 111

SO 421 Population Studies
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course will examine the trends and changes in world population, its composition and distribution, population movements, issues involving quality of life and approaches used by various nations in dealing with population problems.
Identical with EB 421.
Prerequisite: SO 111

SO 481 Seminar in Sociology
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

This course is aimed at summarizing and integrating the learning that has occurred in the sociology major. Trends and developments in the field will be discussed. Each student will complete a scholarly faith integration paper.
Prerequisites: Sociology major and sophomore standing at time of registration

SO 485 Sociological Theory
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

The focus of this course is on the development of sociological theory from the founding of sociology as a discipline until the present time. Current trends and issues in sociological theory will be considered in some detail.
Prerequisite: SO 111

SO 490 Independent Study
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

The study of a problem, a research paper or a project related to the sociology major.
Prerequisite: Consent

SO 495 Internship
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

Full-time involvement in a field situation of sociology or social work maintaining close cooperation with the supervisory personnel in the selected field. An in-depth paper will be submitted.
Prerequisite: Consent