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Degree Options

We offer a General Sociology major, and a broad selection of courses from which students can choose when structuring their coursework.  The General Sociology major provides a broad foundation in sociological theory and research, together with exposure to a variety of courses in the main substantive areas of the discipline.

In addition to the General Sociology major, students may choose from three options for a more focused selection of coursework. Students interested in crime and criminal justice can choose an option in Criminology, while students concerned with the causes and consequences of social inequality can select an option in Inequality and Social Justice. Students interested in rural and environmental issues can pursue an option in Rural and Environmental Change.  These options allow students to concentrate their studies in a particular area of interest, while acquiring a solid foundation in the discipline of Sociology.

Criminology is a field of study that examines the making of law, the nature and extent of crime and criminality, and efforts to control crime. This option builds upon the required course work in Sociology, and allows students to pursue an extended study of crime and the criminal justice system. The Criminology option prepares students for careers in criminal justice research or administration, as well as further graduate work at the doctorate level at another university. Please refer to Undergraduate Requirements for more information about the Criminology option.

Learning about Inequality

Hands-on learning to apply theories of inequality
in Sobiezczyk's Introductory Sociology class

The Inequality and Social Justice option focuses on the mechanisms that produce and ameliorate disparities across ascribed groups, calling on students and faculty to examine the causes and consequences of inequalities based on class, gender, race/ethnicity, disabilities, age, and sexual orientation. Attention is given to local, national, and global sites of inequality, including work and labor markets, financial institutions, education, health, religion, and families. Please refer to Undergraduate Requirements for more information about the ISJ option.

Rural regions are facing rapid social, economic, demographic, and environmental change. The Rural and Environmental Change option will develop analytical and practical skills for understanding these changes both regionally, in the American West, and globally, and their policy implications in such areas as rural health, welfare and work, community development and assessment, indigenous peoples issues, and natural resource management. An option in Rural and Environmental Change will prepare students for employment in either a government, private, or non-profit agency concerned with the above topics, or for pursuing a doctorate in this area at another university. Please refer to Undergraduate Requirements for more information about the Rural and Environmental Change option.

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