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Sociology

Julia Ericksen, Chair
709 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-7763
julia.ericksen@temple.edu

Anne Shlay, Undergraduate Chair
755 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-7931
anne.shlay@temple.edu

713 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-1494
www.temple.edu/sociology

Undergraduate majors can complete the general Major in Sociology or specialize in the Health Track in Sociology.  The sociology department offers three programs for non-majors: a minor in sociology, a minor in the sociology of health, and a certificate in health research. 

Sociology is the study of human behavior in the context of the groups, organizations, institutions, and societies in which it occurs.  The sociology department offers courses covering a wide range of topics, including: contemporary social issues, race and racism, sexuality and gender, health and health care, education, urban life, organizations, family, political life, law, international development and globalization.  The sociological perspective pays close attention to diversity in culture, values, and human experience.

Majoring in sociology prepares students for many careers and graduate programs by providing both a broad sociological perspective and specific research, statistical and analytic skills.  Students gain experience in fieldwork; interviewing; developing, administering and analyzing surveys; statistical analysis; and writing research reports.  Sociology provides an excellent background for students planning to begin their careers upon graduation as well as those planning to pursue graduate education.  Recent graduates have gone to work and graduate school in the areas of law, medicine, business, non-profits, community planning, social work, market research, and education.

Students who are interested in a career in the health field can pursue a special sociology major focused on health-related course work.  The Health Track in Sociology prepares students for graduate studies in leading medical, dental, nursing, public health, and physical and occupational therapy programs as well as graduate programs in sociology and related fields.  While acquiring the analytic and research skills of the general sociology major, those in the health track have opportunities to participate in specially-designed health internships while studying important issues surrounding health and health care.

Student Organizations

Sociology majors are invited to participate in the Sociology Undergraduate Majors and Minors Association (SUMMA), which hosts academic and social events throughout the year.  The department sponsors the Annual Student Research Conference in which students can present their work.

Awards

Awards available to sociology majors include the Othella Vaughn Award, Robert K. Merton Award, and the Sociology Prize.

Distinction in the Major

To receive Distinction in the Major, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all sociology courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25.

Requirements for the Major

The major requires a minimum of eleven sociology courses, including a sequence of research methods courses, a sociological theory course, the writing capstone and six electives at various levels.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Sociology elective One course numbered under 3000 (except for 1167)** 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology*** 4 QB
Sociology 3261 Research Design & Methods*** 4  
Sociology 3241 Development of Sociological Thought 3  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar: Sociology in the Real World 3 WI*
Sociology elective One course at any level 3  
Sociology elective One course at the 2000 level or above 3  
Sociology electives Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9  
Social Science electives Two cognate courses at the 2000+ level selected from the following:
African American Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography & Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Women's Studies
6  
         
Select one Advanced Methods course: 4  
Sociology 4001

4002
Qualitative Research^
     or
Data Analysis^
   
         
Total     42  
     
*Indicates writing capstone for major    
**Prerequisite for courses numbered 3000+    
***Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261    
^Students must complete 3201 & 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002

Requirements for the Health Track in Sociology

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Sociology elective One course numbered under 3000 (except for 1167)** 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology*** 4 QB
Sociology 3261 Research Design & Methods*** 4  
Sociology 3241 Development of Sociological Thought 3  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar: Sociology in the Real World^ 3 WI*
Sociology   One course at any level^^ 3  
Sociology   One course at the 2000 level or above 3  
Sociology   Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9  
Health-related courses - Select two of the following health-related
electives to fulfill the above requirement:
   
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 2552 Health & Disease in American Society    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Human Sexuality    
Sociology 3597 Introduction to Population Studies: Demography    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality & Gender    
Sociology 3596 Sociology of Organizations   WI
Sociology 3559 Health & Reproduction    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3585 Internship Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
         
Elective Elective Two health-related courses. See advisor for approved list. 6  
         
Select one Advanced Methods course: 4  
Sociology 4001

4002
Qualitative Research #
     or
Data Analysis #
   
         
Total     42  
         
*Indicate writing capstone for major    
**Prerequisite for courses numbered 3000+    
***Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.    
^Sociology 4096 is a health-related course for students in the Health Track.    
^^Students may use core courses to fulfill this requirement.
# Students must complete 3201 & 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002.  
 

Requirements for the Minor in Sociology

The minor in sociology requires a minimum of six courses, including courses on diversity and health.  This program is not open to students majoring in sociology or the Health Track in Sociology.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Sociology elective One course under the 3000 level except for Sociology 1167 3  
Sociology   One course at any level 3  
Sociology   One course at the 2000 level or above 3  
Sociology   Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9  
Minor Total     18  

Requirements for the Minor in the Sociology of Health

The minor in the sociology of health requires a minimum of six courses, including courses on diversity and health. This program is not open to Sociology majors or Health Track in Sociology majors.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Sociology elective One course under the 3000 level except Sociology 1167 3  
         
Diversity focus - Select one:   3  
Sociology 1376/1396 The Sociology of Race and Racism   RN/XN
Sociology 1476/1496 American Ethnicity   RU/XC
Sociology 1676/1696 Men & Women in American Society   AC
Sociology 2128 Men & Masculinity     
Sociology 2179/3279 Racial & Ethnic Stratification    RS
Sociology 3258 Women & Work    
Sociology 3242 Constructing Race & Ethnicity    
         
Health-related courses - Select three: 9-10  
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 2552 Health & Disease in American Society    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Human Sexuality    
Sociology 3597 Introduction to Population Studies: Demography   WI
Sociology 3546 Sexuality & Gender    
Sociology 3596 Sociology of Organizations   WI
Sociology 3559 Health & Reproduction    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3585 Internship in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
         
Sociology   One course at 2000 level or above 3  
Minor Total     18-19  

Requirements for the Certificate in Health Research

The certificate in health research requires five courses, including a health-related sequence and research methods. This program is not open to Sociology majors or Health Track in Sociology majors.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Sociology 2552 Health & Disease in American Society 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology* 4 QB
Sociology 3261 Research Design & Methods* 4  
         
Select one from the following list: 4  
Sociology 4001 Qualitative Research*    
Sociology 4002 Data Analysis*    
Sociology 3585 Internship in Medical Sociology*    
         
Health-related courses - Select one: 3-4  
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Human Sexuality    
Sociology 3597 Introduction to Population Studies: Demography   WI
Sociology 3546 Sexuality & Gender    
Sociology 3596 Sociology of Organizations   WI
Sociology 3559 Health & Reproduction    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3585 Internship in Medical Sociology    
         
Certificate Total     18-19  
*Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.    
**Students must complete 3201 & 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002. 
Certificate students may substitute 3585 for the advanced methods courses, but must still have completed  
 3201 & 3261 before taking 3585.   In order to fulfill the methods requirement, the internship must have a  
health research focus.      


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