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Sociology

Sociology Department

 

Sociology is the study of social life, its characteristics, changes, causes and consequences. It combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of historical and contemporary features of social organization. Sociological analyses include the examination of social stratification and inequality, work and industrial relations, family forms and relationships, deviant behavior, social movements and revolutions, globalization, political relations and institutions, and the relationship between the individual and society.

 

The program provides a strong educational foundation for graduate study and various professional careers. This includes training in writing, research, and analysis, all connected to the development of theory and social science. It is also a goal of the department to train and motivate students to be activists in the service of progressive causes.

 

Sociology at Western Oregon University offers an excellent selection of substantive areas as well as a series of theory and research methodology classes that prepare students for a senior, research project. The major in Sociology is an excellent foundation for graduate studies. The sociology faculty are committed to the development of students' critical and analytical abilities. For more information, please contact Dr. Dean Braa, 503-838-8270, HSS 215, braad@wou.edu

 

BA/BS in Sociology

BA/BS in Sociology

 

For more information, please contact  Dr. Dean Braa, 838-8270, braad@wou.edu HSS 215.

 

Sociology Major (72 credits)

  • SOC 223 Introduction to Sociology: Theory (3)
  • SOC 224 Introduction to Sociology: Research (3)
  • SOC 225 Social Problems (3)
  • SOC 300 Proseminar (3)
  • SOC 325 Participant Observation and Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • SOC 327 Social Research Methods (3)
  • SOC 328 Introduction to Social Data Analysis (3)
  • SOC 471 Classical Sociological Theory (3)
  • SOC 472 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
  • SOC 492 Senior Seminar I (3)
  • SOC 493 Senior Seminar II (3)
  • SOC 494 Senior Seminar III (3)



Electives in Sociology (36)

The Sociology Department encourages the development of interdisciplinary specialties within the sociology major. With permission, sociology majors may use courses from other disciplines to fulfill electives. See Sociology advisor.


 

Sociology Minor (27 credits)



For more information, please contact  Dr. Dean Braa, 838-8270, braad@wou.edu HSS 215 .

Option A: Theory and Research Emphasis:

  • SOC 223 Introduction to Sociology: Theory (3)
  • SOC 327 Social Research Methods (3)
  • SOC 471 Classical Sociological Theory (3)


Electives in Sociology (18)

Must be selected in consultation with a Sociology advisor. At least 15 hours must be upper-division in the minor.

 

Option B: Community Services Emphasis (27 Credits)

  • SOC 225 Social Problems (3)
  • SOC 338 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 354 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 434 African American Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements
  • SOC 435 Chican@/Latin@ Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements
  • SOC 436 Native American/Asian Studies: Social Issues, Social Movements
  • SOC 437 Sociology of Race/Ethnic Relations

Electives in Sociology (15)

To be selected in consultation with a Sociology advisor. At least 15 hours must be upper-division in the minor.


Contact

Division of Social Sciences 503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu
Location: HSS 231

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