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Any student admitted to KSU as a degree-seeking undergraduate may declare this major directly in Owl Express.
- Culture and Social Change: Students will acquire a global perspective and the conceptual tools necessary to work in a variety of professional settings and academic positions.
- Criminology: Students will learn about the causes of crime, how to measure the extent of crime, and how to critically examine the approaches used to prevent, sanction, and change criminal behavior.
- Medical Sociology: Students will develop a critical understanding of the health care delivery system and its various stakeholders, including patients, organizations, and providers. Other areas with the medical sociology concentration include aging, mental health, human sexuality, biotechnology and ethical issues, and substance abuse.
- General Sociology: Students will be able to choose among all Sociology courses to customize a course of study that is specific to their interests and career goals.
Related Minors or Certificates Available
SOCI 3350: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender
The primary objective of this course is to understand how race, class, and gender intersect to fundamentally shape social interaction, conditions, and institutions in American society. This course examines the ways in which race, class, and gender are socially constructed and how they interconnect to create and maintain systems of privilege and inequality.
SOCI 3374: Sociology of Work and Occupations
This course examines the world of work, the changing nature of work, and the implications of these changes for individuals and families. Key themes include theories of work and labor process, intersections of race, ethnicity, and gender, job satisfaction and motivation, labor unions, technological and global challenges, and the structure of professions and occupations.
SOCI 4200: Drugs, Alcohol, and Society
This course examines drug use and abuse, including alcohol. Specifically, it examines how different drugs affect the body, theories of drug use, the sociological context of drug use, the impact of drug use and abuse on society, drug treatment, drug use policies, drugs and the law, and the extent of drug use in our society and globally.
SOCI 4445: Sociology of Mental Illness
This course examines the social aspects of mental illness. Topics include the history of mental illness, definitions, diagnoses, treatment institutions, and social factors that influence severity and course. The course will consider the characterization of “mental disorders” as “diseases,” the applicability of a resocialization model, and ethical issues.