Policy Analysis Sub-Plan


Sociology addresses the social and structural factors in international relations and domestic policy and politics. This sociology sub-plan emphasizes social problems and policy analysis and considers the role of social differentiation in creating conflict, social movements, and social protest.

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pre-law program.

Work directly with:

  • law
  • politics
  • policy analysis
  • social welfare
  • problems of at-risk populations (domestic and global)

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Supportive field courses

Choose at least four supportive field courses outside of the Department of Sociology; 12 credits minimum. Other courses not listed in the University Catalog may be considered as appropriate; please see our sociology advisor to discuss how to have other courses reviewed.

Suggested Sociology Electives

Check out these sociology electives that pair well with this sub-plan. Please note that not all courses are offered in both spring and fall semesters.

SOC 3003 - Social Problems

SOC 3101 - Introduction to American Criminal Justice

SOC 3102 - Introduction to Criminal Behavior and Social Control

SOC 3201 - Inequality: Intro to Stratification

SOC 3211W - American Race Relations

SOC 3221 - Sociology of Gender

SOC 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender

SOC 3301W - Politics and Society

SOC 3322W - Social Movements, Protests, and Change

SOC 3411W - Organizations and Society

SOC 3451W - Cities and Social Change

SOC 3511 - World Population Problems, SOC 3613W – Food, Culture, and Society

SOC 4101W - Sociology of Law

SOC 4105 - Sociology of Punishment and Corrections

SOC 4246 - Sociology of Health and Illness

SOC 4309 - Religion in American Public Life- Culture, Politics & Communities

SOC 4321 - Globalize This! Understanding Globalization through Sociology

SOC 4411 - Terrorist Networks and Counter-terror Organizations

SOC 4461 - Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Conflict

BS in General Sociology

Students must complete 5 Sociology electives for a total of 15 credits.

BS in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance

Students must successfully complete SOC 3101 or 3102, two or three Law, Criminology, & Deviance 4XXX-level electives, and one elective that is not a Law, Criminology, & Deviance course.

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