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Sociology

Coordinator: Kinuthia Macharia

Students who major in sociology have the option of pursuing the BA degree (12 credit hours of a foreign language required) or the BS degree. This major provides students with 18 semester hours of a “core” that emphasizes training in theory and research methodology. Students then focus their studies in criminal justice or sociology. The criminal justice concentration provides students with 30 hours in this field, including a practicum or field experience course. The sociology concentration consists of 18 semester hours in sociological topics including SOCI 203: Deviant Behavior and SOCI 408: Collective Behavior.

Majors are required to earn at least a “C” grade in all sociology and criminal justice courses in their major program. After completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Composition and Literature I and II, students must take and successfully pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination. Transfer students who completed their English composition requirements must take the English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at the University. To receive a BA/BS in sociology, the student must successfully complete 120 semester hours.

Exceptions to, or substitutions for, the following major requirements are considered only through a formal process of departmental recommendations.

BACHELOR OF ARTS/SCIENCE IN SOCIOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (36 semester hours) Sem. Hrs.
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 203 Deviant Behavior 3
SOCI 307 Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 309 Elementary Statistics in Sociology 3
SOCI 408 Collective Behavior 3
SOCI 412 Methods of Sociological Research 3
SOCI 413 Data Analysis Sociology 3
ANTH 102 Introduction to Anthropology 3
____ ___ Sociology Electives 12
GENERAL EDUCATION AND INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Communication Skills (6 semester hours)
ENGL 101 Composition and Literature I 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II 3
Arts and Humanities (9 semester hours)
PHIL ___ Philosophy Elective 3
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives. Disciplines/courses: philosophy, speech, theatre, art, music (excluding workshops), modern languages, literature, interdisciplinary African American studies. Limit of two courses from any one discipline. 6
Sciences (7-8 semester hours)
BIOL 101 Biological Science 4
____ ___ Science Elective 3
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
MATH 116 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas or
MATH 118 Finite Mathematics or
MATH 125 College Algebra 3
Social Sciences (12 semester hours)
ECON 211 Macroeconomics 3
HIST 114 African American History to 1865 or
HIST 115 African American History since 1865 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
____ ___ Social Sciences Elective (may be chosen from history, economics, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, geography, social work, interdisciplinary social science) 3
Emerging Issues (3 semester hours)
COSC 110 Computer Literacy and Applications or
COSC 112/113 Computer Science I or II
COSC 290 Programming in Computer Science 3
Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)
FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar 3
HEED 102 Life and Health or
IDIS 210 Contemporary Health Issues for Women 3
Note: The department reserves the right to specify specific general education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.
Foreign Language Requirement*
SPAN 101-102 First-Year Spanish I and II 6
SPAN 201-202 Second-Year Spanish I and II or 6
FREN 101-102 First-Year French I and II* 6
FREN 201-202 Second-Year French I and II 6
*BA degree only


Sample Program

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Sem. Hrs.
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Literature I 3
FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar 3
MATH 118 Finite Mathematics or
MATH 125 College Algebra 3
COMM 101 Oral Communication* 3
    15
Second Semester
ANTH 102 Introduction to Anthropology 3
COSC ___ Computer Science Elective 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II 3
BIOL ___ Biology Elective 4
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective 3
    16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
HEED ___ Health and Wellness Elective 3
HIST 114 African American History to 1865 or
HIST 115 African American History Since 1865 3
SOCI ___ Sociology Elective 3
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ Natural Science Elective 3
    18
Second Semester
SOCI ___ Sociolgy Elective 3
HIST ___ History Elective 3
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ Social Sciences Elective 3
____ ___ General Elective 3
    15
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
SOCI ___ Sociology Elective 3
ECON ___ Macroeconomics 3
____ ___ General Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ General Elective 3
    12
Second Semester
SOCI 307 Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 309 Elementary Statistics in Sociology 3
SOCI ___ Sociology Elective 3
____ ___ General Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ General Elective 3
    15
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
SOCI 412 Methods of Sociological Research 3
SOCI ___ Sociology Elective 3
____ ___ General Electives 9
    15
Second Semester
SOCI 413 Data Analysis in Sociology 3
____ ___ General Electives 11
    14
*Recommended Course

BACHELOR OF ARTS/SCIENCE IN SOCIOLOGY, CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION

CORE REQUIREMENTS (48 semester hours) Sem. Hrs.
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI 302 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOCI 305 Criminology 3
SOCI 307 Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 309 Elementary Statistics in Sociology 3
SOCI 400 Practicum in Sociology/Criminal Justice 3
SOCI 412 Methods of Sociological Research 3
SOCI 413 Data Analysis in Sociology 3
CRJU 201 Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 3
CRJU 314 Stress and Stress Management in Criminal Justice 3
CRJU 315 Victimization and the Criminal Justice System 3
CRJU 316 Advanced Criminal Procedures and Evidence 3
CRJU 403 Criminalistics 3
CRJU 404 Criminal Law: Elements and Principles 3
ANTH 102 Introduction to Anthropology 3
SOWK 309 Social Work and Addictions 3
GENERAL EDUCATION AND INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Communication Skills (6 semester hours)
ENGL 101 Composition and Literature I 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II 3
Arts and Humanities (9 semester hours)
PHIL ___ Philosophy Elective 3
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Electives. Disciplines/courses: philosophy, speech, theatre, art, music (excluding workshops), modern languages, literature, interdisciplinary African American studies. Limit of two courses from any one discipline. 6
Sciences (7-8 semester hours)
BIOL 101 Biological Science 4
____ ___ Science Elective (other than biology: may be chosen from chemistry, physical science, or physics) 3
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
MATH 116 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas or  
MATH 118 Finite Mathematics or  
MATH 125 College Algebra 3
Social Sciences (12 semester hours)
ECON 211 Macroeconomics 3
HIST 114 African American History to 1865 or  
HIST 115 African American History since 1865 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
____ ___ Social Sciences Elective (may be chosen from history, economics, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, geography, social work, and interdisciplinary social science) 3
Emerging Issues (3 semester hours)
COSC 110 Computer Literacy and Applications or  
COSC 112/113 Computer Science I or II or  
COSC 290 Programming in C 3
Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours)
FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar 3
HEED 102 Life and Health or  
IDIS 210 Contemporary Health Issues for Women 3


Sample Program

FRESHMAN YEAR Sem. Hrs.
First Semester
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENGL 101 Composition and Literature I 3
FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar 3
COMM 101 Oral Communication 3
HEED ___ Health and Wellness Elective 3
    15
Second Semester
ANTH 102 Introduction to Anthropology 3
ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II 3
COSC 110 Computer Science Elective 3
BIOL ___ Biology Elective 4
____ ___ Arts and Humanities 3
    16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CRJU 201 Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
HIST 114 African American History to 1865 or  
HIST 115 African American History Since 1865 3
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ Science Elective 3
    15
Second Semester
SOCI 302 Juvenile Delinquency 3
MATH 118 Finite Mathematics 3
____ ___ General Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective 3
____ ___ Social Sciences Elective 3
    15
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
SOCI 305 Criminology 3
SOCI 315 Victimization and the Criminal Justice System 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
____ ___ General Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
____ ___ General Elective 3
    15
Second Semester
SOCI 307 Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 309 Elementary Statistics in Sociology 3
CRJU 314 Stress and Stress Management in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement 3
SOWK 309 Social Work and Addictions 3
____ ___ General Elective or
____ ___ Foreign Language 3
    15
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
SOCI 400 Practicum in Sociology/Criminal Justice 3
SOCI 412 Methods of Sociological Research 3
CRJU 316 Advanced Criminal Procedures and Evidence 3
CRJU 403 Criminalistics 3
____ ___ General Elective 3
    15
Second Semester
CRJU 404 Criminal Law 3
CRJU 413 Data Analysis Seminar 3
____ ___ General Electives 8
    14