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Sociology

Dr. Gretchen Wehrle
Chair
(650) 508-3659
gwehrle@ndnu.edu

The Psychology and Sociology Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a minor in Sociology, and a certificate in Inner City Studies. Sociology majors may choose one of two paths to their degree.

  • General Sociology
  • Community and Criminal Justice concentration

Sociology begins with the premise that human beings are social animals whose individual behaviors are shaped by the interaction that takes place in the groups to which they belong. This perspective allows us to view the world beyond our immediate experiences and to recognize the relationship between our private lives and world events. Sociologists contend that social environments shape human behavior and that alternately human beings are capable of changing social environments. As such, the Sociology major encourages direct involvement in communities of all kinds and ensures that ample opportunities to use sociology in community-based programs exist in our curriculum.

Students who major in Sociology at NDNU are prepared with the background to work with diverse populations in a variety of environments, including nonprofits, business, government, criminal justice, education, law, international relations, and arenas that foster the human-animal bond. A degree in Sociology also can lead directly to graduate study in numerous disciplines and professions.

Learning Outcomes

Through their studies in the NDNU Sociology department, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the network of relationships that produce values, beliefs, and actions
  • Identify and create connections between the individual (private issues), global events (public issues), and social justice
  • Utilize a systemic approach to analyze contemporary social problems and issues
  • Critique the functions of social services, social systems, and social institutions
  • Demonstrate the ability to question the obvious, to remove the blinders of the familiar, and to examine personal experiences and observations critically
  • Identify social needs and responses in the local communities. Students will identify the historical, economic, political, and cultural contexts in which these needs and responses arose.

Sociology/MPA Articulated Program

The Sociology/Community and Criminal Justice concentration articulates with NDNU’s graduate program in Public Administration (MPA). The qualified student applies in advance
of the last semester of undergraduate work to begin study for a master’s degree while completing the bachelor’s degree. The student is allowed to enroll in up to 6 units in selected graduate courses that fulfill undergraduate major requirements while also counting toward the master’s degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

Prerequisites    Units
PSY1001 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC1009 Cultural Anthropology 3
Total Prerequisites 6-9 

 

Major Requirements Units
PSY2133 Social Psychology 3
One of the following courses: 3
SOC2101 Classical Sociological Theory
SOC2105 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC2117 Analyzing Social Settings (Capstone) 4

Community Engagement Option 1 or 2                                                      6-8
Option 1 – two courses:
SOC2201              Social Change through Social Service I (CE)
SOC2205              Social Change through Social Service II (CE)
Option 2 – two courses from the following:
SOC2502               Exploring the Inner World of the Inner City (CDiv) (CE) (4)
SOC2504               The Promise of the Inner City (CDiv) (CE) (4)
SOC2519               Streetwise Sociology (CDiv) (CE) (4)
SOC2527               Urban Sociology (CDiv) (4)
Other approved community engagement courses in sociology.

Total Major Core Course Requirements Units  16-18
Total Concentration Units (depending on concentration chosen) 15-18
Total Major Requirements    31-36
Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives 88-93
Total Unit Requirement    124

*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

Areas of Concentration

Students will select one cluster of courses as their concentration:

  • General Sociology (GEN)
  • Community and Criminal Justice (CCJ)

General Sociology (GEN)
In addition to the Prerequisites and Major Requirements, students must take the following:

Requirements  Units      
SOC2317 Deviant Behavior 3
SOC2401/W Race and Ethnicity in Cross-cultural Perspective 3-4
SOC2741 Social Class and Social Inequality (Stratification) 3
A minimum of six upper-division electives from the following: 6-8
Any SOC course(s)
PSY2217 Conflict Resolution
PSY2309 Community Psychology (CE) (4)
PSY2409 Building Community through Diversity (CDiv) (1)
Total Concentration Units   15-18

Community and Criminal Justice (CCJ)
In addition to the Prerequisites and Major Core Requirements, students must take the following:

Requirements Units
SOC2309 Criminology 3
SOC2317 Deviant Behavior 3
SOC2349 Youth, Crime, and Society 3
SOC2345 The Color of Crime: Race and Criminal Justice 3
A minimum of 3 upper-division elective units from the following: 3-4
BIO2124 Forensic Science (4)
PSC2320 The Constitution
SOC2333 Social Issues in the Community
SOC2357 Careers in Community and Criminal Justice (0.5)
SOC2425 Cultures, Communities, and Criminality (CDiv)
SOC2725 Social Problems (CDiv) (4)
Total Units     15-16

Note: With the approval of the advisor, SOC2886 Special Topics in CCJ or SOC2999 Independent Study (specific to the concentration) may be selected as CCJ electives.

Minor in Sociology

Minor Requirements  Units
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC2317 Deviant Behavior 3
SOC2401/W Race and Ethnicity in Cross-cultural Perspective 3-4
SOC2741 Social Class and Social Inequality (Stratification) 3
A minimum of 3 upper-division elective units from the following: 3-4
Any SOC course(s)
PSY2133 Social Psychology
PSY2217 Conflict Resolution
PSY2309 Community Psychology (CE) (4)
PSY2409 Building Community through Diversity (CDiv) (1)
Total Minor Units 15-17

Minor in Community and Criminal Justice

Minor Requirements  Units
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC2309 Criminology 3
SOC2317 Deviant Behavior 3
SOC2345 The Color of Crime: Race and Criminal Justice 3
SOC2349 Youth, Crime, and Society 3
A minimum of 3 upper-division elective units from the following: 3-4
BIO2124 Forensic Science (4)
PSC2320 The Constitution
SOC2333 Social Issues in the Community
SOC2357 Careers in Community and Criminal Justice (0.5)
SOC2425 Cultures, Communities, and Criminality (CDiv)
SOC2725 Social Problems (CDiv) (4)
Total Minor Units            18-19

Note: With the approval of the advisor, Community Engagement or Internship sociology courses, SOC2886, Special Topics in CCJ, or SOC2999 Independent Study (specific to the concentration) may be selected as CCJ electives.                                                                                  

Certificate in Inner City Studies

The Sociology major offers a Certificate in Inner City Studies. The required classes include Tenderloin residents as regularly enrolled students and utilize inner city resources and the expertise of community leaders.

Students wishing to earn this recognition are required to take a 16-unit course of study to include:
SOC2502 Exploring the Inner World of the Inner City 4
SOC2504 Promise of the Inner City 4
Plus 8 elective units from the following or other inner city
community-based courses, approved by the Inner City
8

Program Advisor:
PSY2309    Community Psychology (CE) (4)
SOC2117   Analyzing Social Settings (CE)(4)
SOC2519   Streetwise Sociology (CDiv) (CE) (4)
SOC2527   Urban Sociology (CDiv) (4)
SOC2725   Social Problems (CDiv) (4)

Total Certificate Units                                                                                   16