Sociology degree overview

Minor in Sociology

Sociology is the systematic study of collective human behavior. You will explore social processes within and among varied groups and societies. Analyze the beliefs and actions of individuals in the context of social norms, values, conventions, structures, institutions, and patterns of behavior. Learn how to gather and interpret data, as well as assess, evaluate and explain social behavior, programs and processes.

You will develop a greater awareness of culture, race and ethnicity and how social conflict and misunderstanding is born. In addition, you will explore methods for promoting group interaction and cooperation. Professors will inspire you to think critically about social issues and develop ways to solve complex problems in a global community. An emphasis in anthropology is also available.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Medical administration
  • Research
  • Government
  • Graduate study

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Sociology Major Courses

Introduction to Sociology | SOC 10453
Introduces theory and method in social sciences as they relate to key concepts in the field of sociology including socialization, culture, status, stratification, conflict, and change.

Topics in Social Sciences | SOC 26052
Designed around special theories, practices or interests of an individual or group of students.

Cultural Anthropology | SOC 26053
Introductory course that surveys history, theory and method in the field through examination of basic concepts in anthropology including culture, adaptation, cooperation, social order, and change.

Indigenous People in a Contemporary World | SOC 30153
Illustrates the evolution of cultural practices of indigenous people as processes of adaptation with the contemporary world as they relate to the Oklahoma Ottawa.

Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism | SOC 30653
Focuses on intergroup and intragroup experiences of various ethnic populations within the United States.
Includes impact of integration, discrimination, prejudice, and social dynamics of conflict and assimilation
to various groups.

Human Sexuality | SOC 30753
Inter-disciplinary approach draws upon the scientific expertise of anthropologists, biologists, medical researchers, sociologists, social workers, and psychologists and the contributions of these fields to the study of human sexuality. Interest in this topic is based on the fact that sexual behavior reflects our biological capabilities, our psychological characteristics and social and cultural influences. Covers core topics in the field of human sexuality including anatomy, physiology, arousal and response, gender roles, attraction, love, intimate relationships, sexual communication, sexual techniques, sexual orientation, conception, birth control, prenatal development, childbirth, sexual behavior across the life-span, sexual dysfunction and therapy, sexually transmitted diseases, atypical variations in sexual behavior, sexual coercion and commercial sex. Focuses on critical thinking as a tool for learning and taking action through diverse literature in the field of study. In addition, addresses gender roles, sexual attitudes, sexual behaviors, sexual health, and sexually responsible decision-making.

Research Design and Analysis | PSY 32253
Reviews basic research methods focusing on conceptual basis for experimentation. Includes basic design
components such as control, sampling, data collection, and analysis.

Field Research | SOC 40854
Application of Social Science methods to a research question identified by the student in consultation with professor.

Required Supporting Courses

Students must select one concentration from the following

  • Anthropology
  • Social Justice
  • Social Change

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.