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Sociology

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www.temple.edu/sociology

Robert Kaufman, Chair
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robert.kaufman@temple.edu

Matt Wray, Undergraduate Chair
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Sharon Smith, Administrator

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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, housing, organizations, family, political life, popular culture, immigration, 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 and interviewing; they develop, administer and analyze surveys and statistics; and they write 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. 

Student Organizations and Opportunities

Sociology majors and minors are encouraged to participate in the Sociology Organization for Undergraduate Leadership (SOUL), which hosts academic, community service, 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

Sociology majors graduate with distinction in the major if they have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

4. Major Options: Sociology or Health Track in Sociology (42 s.h.)

Sociology Major Requirements: 

Health Track in the Sociology Major Requirements:

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

Requirements for the Major in Sociology

The major requires a minimum of eleven Sociology courses, including Introduction to Sociology, a sequence of 3 statistics and research methods courses, a sociological theory course, the writing capstone, and five 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 Attribute column.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology** 4  
Sociology 3396 Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods** 4  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar* 3 WI
Sociology electives Two courses at the 2000 level or above 6  
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, 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.
**Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.
^Students must complete 3201 and 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002.

Requirements for the Health Track in Sociology

The health track in Sociology requires a minimum of eleven Sociology courses, including Introduction to Sociology, a sequence of statistics and research methods courses, a sociological theory course, the writing capstone, and five electives at various levels, three of which are designated as health-related.  Additionally, two 2000+-level electives from outside Sociology and designated as health-related electives must be taken. 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 Attribute column.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology** 4  
Sociology 3396 Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods** 4  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar* 3 WI
Sociology electives Two courses at the 2000 level or above.
One must be selected from 2522, 2530, 2552, 2553, 2572, 3511, 3521,
3530, 3546, 3559, or 3582
6  
Sociology electives Three courses at the 3000 level or above.
Two must be selected from 3511, 3521, 3530, 3546, 3559, 3582 9  
Health-Related Cognate Courses: 6  
Electives 2000+ Two health-related courses. See advisor for approved list.    
Select one Advanced Methods course: 4  
Sociology 4001

4002 Qualitative Research ^
or
Data Analysis ^    
Total     42  
Health-related courses:
Three courses required, at least two must be numbered 3000 or higher:
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 3525 Urban 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    
*Indicates writing capstone for major
**Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.
^ Students must complete 3201 and 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.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Sociology   Two courses at the 2000 level or above 6  
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.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Sociology   Two courses at the 2000 level or above 6  
Sociology   Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9-10  
Health-related courses - Select three as part of the above requirements:
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    
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.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 2552 Health and Disease in American Society 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology* 4  
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods* 4  
Select one from the following list: 4  
Sociology 4001 Qualitative Research**    
Sociology 4002 Data Analysis**    
Health-related courses - Select one: 3-4  
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
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    
Certificate Total     18-19  
*Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.
**Students must complete 3201 and 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002. 



Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan for the Sociology Major

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3  
Subtotal      16  
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd Global/World Society course or
an Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Sociology 2000+ One 2000+ Sociology Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology 4  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16-17  
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3396
Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods 4  
Sociology 2000+ One 2000+ Sociology Course 3  
Social Science 2000+ One 2000+ Cognate Course 3  
Subtotal     16  
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3000+ One 3000+ Sociology Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Sociology 3000+ One 3000+ Sociology Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4001/4002** Qualitative Research/Data Analysis** 4  
Sociology 3000+ One 3000+ Sociology Course 3  
Social Science 2000+ One 2000+ Cognate Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      16  
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      14-15  
Degree Total   123  
*Please check prerequisites for all Sociology courses.
**Sociology 4001 is only offered in the spring and 4002 only in the fall; plan to take prior to Sociology 4096.
See advisor for course selection.



Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan for the Health Track in Sociology

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Sociology 1176 Introduction to Sociology 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      16  
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd Global/World Society course or
an Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Sociology 2000+ One 2000+ Sociology Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology 4  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16-17  
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3396
Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 2000-2999 One 2000-Level Health-Related Sociology Course
3  
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods 4  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     16  
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Elective 2000+ One 2000+ Health-Related Cognate Course From Approved List
3  
Sociology 3000-3999 One 3000-Level Health-Related Sociology Course
3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4001/4002** Qualitative Research/Data Analysis 4  
Sociology 3000-3999 One 3000-Level Health-Related Sociology Course
3  
Elective 2000+ One 2000+ Health-Related Cognate Course from Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      16  
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Sociology 3000-3999 One 3000-Level Sociology Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      14-15  
Degree Total   123  
*Please check prerequisites for all Sociology courses.
**Sociology 4001 is only offered in the spring and 4002 only in the fall; plan to complete prior to taking Sociology 4096.
See advisor for course selection.

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