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Sociology

Rosario Espinal, Chair
709 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-7763
espinal@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 coursework.  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 Robert K. Merton Award, the Sociology Prize, the Benjamin and Irma Robboy Award, and the Othella Vaughn Award.

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.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

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 3241^^ Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods*** 4  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar 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^
4  
         
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
^^pending approval

Requirements for the Health Track in Sociology

The health track in Sociology 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.  For health track majors, one 2000+ level elective and two 3000+ level electives must be designated as health-related Sociology electives.  Additionally, two 2000+ level electives from outside Sociology must be designated as health-related. All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

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 3241^^ Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods*** 4  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar* 3 WI
Sociology   One course at any level 3  
Sociology electives One course at the 2000-level or above 3  
Sociology electives Three courses at the 3000-level or above 9  
Health-related courses - Select three 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 and Disease in American Society    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Sex and Society    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality and Gender    
Sociology 3559 Health and Reproduction    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3596 Sociology of Organizations   WI
Sociology 3597 Introduction to Population Studies: Demography   WI
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.    
^ Students must complete 3201 & 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002.  
^^pending approval

Requirements for the Minor in Sociology

The minor in sociology requires a minimum of six courses.

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, three of which are health related.  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  
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  
         
Health-related courses - Select three: 9-10  
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 2552 Health and Disease in American Society    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Sex and Society    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality and Gender    
Sociology 3559 Health and Reproduction    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3596 Sociology of Organizations   WI
Sociology 3597 Introduction to Population Studies: Demography   WI
         
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* 4 QB
Sociology 3261 Research Design & Methods* 4  
         
Select one from the following list: 4  
Sociology 4001 Qualitative Research*    
Sociology 4002 Data Analysis*    
         
Health-related courses - Select one: 3  
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 Sex & Society    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality & Gender    
Sociology 3559 Health & Reproduction    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3596 Sociology of Organizations   WI
Sociology 3597 Introduction to Population Studies: Demography   WI
         
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. 


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