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Sociology

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Program Overview

Sociology is the study of human action from the point of view of social interactions - covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes.  Students in our courses apply rigorous theories and methods of social inquiry to real world problems.  Our department specializes in outstanding training in multiple methods of social inquiry, including ethnography, documentary film, qualitative interviewing, historic/archival research, and survey research.

Students in our program enjoy frequent collaboration with the Des Moines community through research assignments, service learning, and internships.  Recent graduates have gone to graduate school in social work, business, law, paralegal studies, sociology, criminology, and anthropology. 


B.A. Degree Requirements

The sociology major is excellent training for careers in law and public administration, medicine and public health, activism, social work, advertising and marketing, politics and public policy, business, banking, and consulting, to name just a few.  The various courses in the sociology program examine social groups and processes in a wide diversity of contexts, with an emphasis on critical thinking and social justice. 

The program has flexibility built into the core course requirements and includes anthropology in the curriculum.  Students should work with their advisers to assure selection of courses compatible with their educational and career objectives.

Course Credit Hours
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology (SCSS 001 should be taken as early in the major as possible.) 3
SCSS 076 - Sociological Inquiry (Sociological Inquiry will exist as SCSS 042 beginning with the fall 2016 semester.  Sociological Inquiry is offered once a year as a bridge course between Survey and other courses.  Students are strongly encouraged to take Sociological Inquiry the first time it is offered after completing SCSS 001.) 3
Two theory-intensive courses - choose from: 6
SCS 110 - Knowledge, Culture, Power 3
SCSA 101 - Feminist Anthropolgy 3
SCSS 070 - Psyche/Self/Society 3
SCSS 080 - Social Problems 3
SCSS 085 - Sociology of Everyday Life 3
SCSS 130 - Contemporary Chinese Society 3
SCSS 133 - Social Structure/Social Change 3
SCSS 135 - Technoscience Culture & Practice 3
SCSS 170 - Deviance 3
SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship 3
SCSS 174 - Feminist Theories/Subjectivity 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 3
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
SCSS 178 - Gender, Technology, Embodiment 3
One additional research design course - choose from: 6
SCSA 075 - Oral Histories (course first offered in fall 2016 semester) 3
SCSA 156 - Ethnographic Methods 3
SCSS 077 - The Art of the Interview 3
SCSS 153 - Documentary Video Challenge 3
SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 157 - Sociology of the Sixties 3
SCSS 158 - Social Science Stats 3
SCSS 159 - Methods of Soc. Res. 3
STAT 050 - Statistics for Social Sciences 3
One community-engaged learning course.  May not be double-counted as research-design or theory-intensive. 3
SCSA 075 - Oral Histories (course first offered in fall 2016 semester) 3
SCSS 020 - Intro to Race & Ethnicity 3
SCSS 075 - Intro to Women's and Gender Studies 3
SCSS 076 - Sociology of Childhood 3
SCSS 077 - Art of the Interview 3
SCSS 146 - Restorative Justice 3
SCSS 150 - Sociology of Education (course to become SCSS 179 beginning with the fall 2016 semester) 3
SCSS 153 - Documentary Video Challenge 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race: Life History Research 3
SCSS 173 - Global Citizenship 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 3
SCSS 196 - Sustainability and Social Justice on the Gulf Coast 3
SCSS 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico 3
SCSS 199 - Senior Capstone (Taken in final year of major.  Offered each semester.  Students are strongly advised to take all theory and research design courses before enrolling in capstone course.) 3
An additional five elective courses in sociology 15
TOTAL 36

Research design and theory intensive courses must be sociology or anthropology. Anthropology courses taken to fulfill the theory or research design requirement for the sociology major may be taken in addition to the 6 hour allowance for anthropology courses. Up to 6 hours of anthropology courses or rhetoric (SCSR) courses may count towards this major.

No more than nine hours of credit may be counted towards both sociology and RMSC.

Students completing the RMSC major must do a capstone course for each major.

A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the sociology major. Transfer courses may not be used to fulfill the theory-intensive, methods-intensive or Capstone requirements.  

Students who wish to count Drake courses as electives from related areas outside of SCS (no more than 3 credits) must petition and have the substitution approved by their adviser. Petitions are available from anthropology and sociology faculty. To receive approval for the major, a non-SCS course must concentrate on or encourage the use of a methodological approach, theoretical framework or substantive problem that is of historical importance and/or complementary to sociology.

To graduate with a sociology major, students must earn grades of "C" or higher in each core course. Students completing the sociology major may not earn a major in the anthropology and sociology major.


 

Sociology Minor

Course Credit Hours
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
SCSS 042 - Research Design / Sociological Inquiry 3
Additional four courses of choice 12
TOTAL 18

Specific courses are planned by the student in consultation with an academic adviser to complement the major and/or future career and educational goals. A maximum of 6 hours in anthropology courses may be part of the 18 hours required for the minor. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the sociology minor.

Students who wish to count courses as electives from related areas outside of SCS (no more than 3 credits) must petition and have the substitution approved by their adviser. Petitions are available from anthropology and sociology faculty. To receive approval for the major, a non-SCS course must concentrate on or encourage the use of a methodological approach, theoretical framework or substantive problem that is of historical importance and/or complementary to sociology.

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