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Department of Sociology

Departmental Office
Chilton Hall, 390
P.O. Box 311157
Denton, TX 76203-1157
(940) 565-2296

Web site: www.unt.edu/soci

Sociology Degree Planning Office
Chilton Hall, 289E
(940) 565-2840

David A. Williamson, Chair

Faculty

Professors Esterchild, Eve, Seward, Yeatts. Associate Professors Lawson, Rodeheaver, Williamson, Yancey, Zafirovski. Assistant Professors Cready, Dash, Moore, Yoder.

Introduction

The sociology program offers courses introducing the student to the study of human social interaction and organization, ranging from the individual in small groups to entire societies. Areas of special attention include marriage and the family, organizations and work, urban sociology, developing societies, medical sociology, population, sociology of religion, aging, deviance, disaster, social inequality and race, class and gender.

The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in a number of fields, including research, education, social service, probation, law enforcement, aging and government. A minor in sociology provides useful background for those pursuing a degree in such areas as business, psychology, art, communications, education and music.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Sociology Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General School Requirements: A minimum of 124 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 30 hours in sociology, of which 21 must be advanced, including the sociology core curriculum (SOCI 1510, 4000, 4870 and 4880), plus 18 additional hours in sociology, of which 12 must be taken at UNT and at the advanced level (3000 or 4000). Note: Students must receive a C or better in sociology core curriculum courses.

Recommended courses include: SOCI 1520, 2010, 3000, 3300, 3330, 3700, 4160 and 4340.

3. Minor: None required.

4. Electives: 40-47 hours (18 advanced).

5. Other Requirements:

Maximum of 36 hours of correspondence, extension, credit by examination and/or military service credit is allowed toward degree.

Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology requires a minimum of 18 hours, including 6 advanced and SOCI 1510.

Degree Plan

Degree plans are worked out in consultation with the Office of Student Services. Call (940) 565-2840.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach sociology in secondary schools must meet the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed in the College of Education section of this catalog. This will include all sociology courses that are required and recommended above.

Graduate Degrees

Master’s and doctoral degree programs are available in sociology. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

BA with a Major in Sociology

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.
*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
**See an adviser in the Office of Student Services for approved list of course options.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3
HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
SOCI 1510, Individuals in Society(#) 3
Mathematics* 3
Wellness* 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3
HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3
Elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SOCI 1520, Contemporary Social Problems, recommended)*, (##) 3
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
SOCI 2010, Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity(##) 3
RHAB 3000, Microcounseling (may be used to satisfy Communication requirement*) 3
Humanities* 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
PSCI 1050, American Government* 3
SOCI 3000, Sociology of Marriage and Family(##) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
SOCI 4000, Sociological Theory(#) 3
SOCI 4870, Social Research and Practice(#) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
Total 16
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
SOCI 4340, Social Psychology and Behavior in the Social Environment(##) 3
SOCI 4880, Quantitative Methods(#) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
Total 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
SOCI 3300, Urban Sociology(##) 3
SOCI 3330, Social Stratification(##) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies (SOCI 4160, Developing Societies, recommended)* 3
Elective 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Elective (advanced) 3
Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed in the above plan.(#)These courses are required for the major in sociology. (##)These are recommended for the major.