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2012 - 2013

BS in Sociology
(48 hours*)


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  1. The Sociology Department requires a minimum of 24 hours of sociology major courses to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  2. Complete one of the following introductory courses (preferably in sophomore year or earlier):
  3. Complete the following introductory statistics course:
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also; Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: MATH 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION:  Stemplots, boxplots, histograms, scatterplots; central tendency, variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing involving one and two means and proportions; contingency tables, simple linear regression.

      Course Outcomes
               
      : Honors Principles of Statistics.
      Course Outcomes



  4. Complete the following introductory methodology courses:
      SOC 300 : Methods of Research in Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 300 : Methods of Research in Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Soc 111 or 112 or 113 or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Tools of social research; survey, experimentation, content analysis, secondary analysis, qualitative research, evaluation research, data processing and analysis, and report writing.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 307 : Data Analysis, Presentation, and Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 307 : Data Analysis, Presentation, and Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & STAT 121; Major status.
      DESCRIPTION: Framing research questions, locating available data, using programs and statistical packages for univariate and bivariate analysis, presenting and summarizing findings.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Students must declare a sociology major before registering for Soc 307.

  5. Complete the following theory courses:
      SOC 310 : Foundations of Social Inquiry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 310 : Foundations of Social Inquiry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 111; or SOC 112; or SOC 113
      DESCRIPTION: Basic ideas and arguments forming sociological inquiry, including philosophical foundations, philosophy of social science, and development of classical theory.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 311 : Contemporary Sociological Theory. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 311 : Contemporary Sociological Theory. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 111 & SOC 310; or SOC 112 & SOC 310; or SOC 113 & SOC 310
      DESCRIPTION: Ideas, critiques, and arguments that form contemporary sociological inquiry.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Soc 300, 307, 310 and Stat 121 are foundational courses for the major. Students are encouraged to take these courses as early in their program of studies as possible. Students must complete these four courses with a C– or better grade in order to graduate with a degree in sociology.

  6. Complete the following writing course:
      ENGL 312 : Persuasive Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 312 : Persuasive Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior status.
      DESCRIPTION: Expository and persuasive writing focusing on practical reasons for evaluating audiences, generating and structuring an argument, and making stylistic decisions. Library research paper.
      NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

      Course Outcomes


  7. Complete at least one course from the following social diversity and inequality courses:
  8. Complete the following social psychology course:
  9. Complete at least one course in advanced methodology:
      SOC 404 : Qualitative Research Methods. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 404 : Qualitative Research Methods. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 310 & SOC 311
      DESCRIPTION: Purposes, methods, and limitations of qualitative research. Includes participant observation and hermeneutics skills.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 405 : Multiple Regression Analysis and Social Science Computing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 405 : Multiple Regression Analysis and Social Science Computing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & STAT 121
      DESCRIPTION: Data analysis and computer use in sociology; least squares and logistic regression techniques; SPSS and its use in conducting data analysis. Research report required.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Students may wish to take both Soc 404 and 405. In such cases the second advanced methodology course may count toward the four-course requirement listed below (see item 11).

  10. Complete two capstone courses from the following:
      SOC 420 : Understanding Modern Societies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 420 : Understanding Modern Societies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Comparative-historical theory and research on the political, economic, social, and cultural processes in the formation, social organization, and future prospects of modern societies.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 421 : Complex Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 421 : Complex Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Complex formal organization perspectives. Bureaucracy, management, structure, and change in private and public sectors. Formation, growth, and partitioning of organizational fields. Writing intensive.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 422 : Inequality and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 422 : Inequality and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Distribution of economic and social resources (financial, status, prestige, power, and authority) as they relate to life changes, lifestyle, and social justice.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 424 : Political Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 424 : Political Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Analysis of power and decision-making, political institutions, grass root politics, stratification, and political activity, social movements and revolutions, science/religion and politics. Writing intensive.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 425 : Markets and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 425 : Markets and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Economic sociology exploring social dynamics of market behavior from an interdisciplinary perspective; topics include social factors related to value, price, and price volatility.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 426 : Sociology of Work and Occupations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 426 : Sociology of Work and Occupations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Distinction between work and occupation, changes in the nature of work and labor force, impacts of work, mobility in work life, and occupational attainment.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 450 : The Family and Social Change. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 450 : The Family and Social Change. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Changing patterns of family-related behaviors, functions, and forms. Demographic, economic, and ideological forces shaping the family.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 460 : Issues in Family Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 460 : Issues in Family Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Advanced sociological analysis of current issues relating to the family (e.g., theory, methodology, parenting, marriage, divorce, family crises, race, gender, etc.).

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 470 : Sociology of Law. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Law as an institution; influence of law on behavior; relationship between law and institutions; role of law in social change.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 481 : Crime, Justice, and Corrections. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 481 : Crime, Justice, and Corrections. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Nature and extent of criminal behavior; current theory and research related to causes of crime and treatment of criminals.

      Course Outcomes


      SOC 490R : Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 490R : Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Course content varies from year to year.

      Course Outcomes


  11. Complete four additional courses from the following. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses that meet their academic and professional interests and needs. Courses taken to fulfill other major requirements may not be used to meet this requirement.
    1. Substantive courses:
    2. Advanced methodological courses:
    3. Capstone sociology courses:
        SOC 420 : Understanding Modern Societies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 420 : Understanding Modern Societies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Comparative-historical theory and research on the political, economic, social, and cultural processes in the formation, social organization, and future prospects of modern societies.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 421 : Complex Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 421 : Complex Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Complex formal organization perspectives. Bureaucracy, management, structure, and change in private and public sectors. Formation, growth, and partitioning of organizational fields. Writing intensive.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 422 : Inequality and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 422 : Inequality and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Distribution of economic and social resources (financial, status, prestige, power, and authority) as they relate to life changes, lifestyle, and social justice.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 424 : Political Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 424 : Political Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Analysis of power and decision-making, political institutions, grass root politics, stratification, and political activity, social movements and revolutions, science/religion and politics. Writing intensive.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 425 : Markets and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 425 : Markets and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Economic sociology exploring social dynamics of market behavior from an interdisciplinary perspective; topics include social factors related to value, price, and price volatility.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 426 : Sociology of Work and Occupations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 426 : Sociology of Work and Occupations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Distinction between work and occupation, changes in the nature of work and labor force, impacts of work, mobility in work life, and occupational attainment.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 450 : The Family and Social Change. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 450 : The Family and Social Change. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Changing patterns of family-related behaviors, functions, and forms. Demographic, economic, and ideological forces shaping the family.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 460 : Issues in Family Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 460 : Issues in Family Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Advanced sociological analysis of current issues relating to the family (e.g., theory, methodology, parenting, marriage, divorce, family crises, race, gender, etc.).

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 470 : Sociology of Law. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Law as an institution; influence of law on behavior; relationship between law and institutions; role of law in social change.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 481 : Crime, Justice, and Corrections. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 481 : Crime, Justice, and Corrections. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Nature and extent of criminal behavior; current theory and research related to causes of crime and treatment of criminals.

        Course Outcomes


        SOC 490R : Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 490R : Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & SOC 307 & SOC 311
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Course content varies from year to year.

        Course Outcomes


    4. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a semester-long (3 credit hours) professional experience: Academic Internship (Soc 399R), Washington Seminar (Pl Sc 399R), or International Internship (IAS 399R). Students may also want to pursue a research experience with a faculty member (Soc 497R). Students may apply a total of six credit hours towards sociology electives (3 hours of internship and 3 hours of directed research).

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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