Sociology at Valparaiso University is a dynamic major that allows students to explore the social world in which they live. Students receive a broad education that combines the best of the liberal arts tradition with the practicalities of job-related skills. Our students take courses in both social theory and research design, and they learn to analyze social problems using critical thinking skills. The sociology and criminology department offers a general sociology major and the option to concentrate in criminology.

B.A. students in sociology at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.

The following lists the courses required for majors matriculating in Fall 2019 and after. For those students who entered before Fall 2019, please click here for the requirements.

 

The sociology major is intended for students interested in understanding society and social behavior.

The sociology concentration can lead to careers in administration in a variety of community, government, and social service agencies, market research, or other vocations that require an understanding of the dynamics of human relationships in a multicultural society.

The concentration also prepares students for graduate study in sociology and/or law. Students who seek careers involving agency administration should consider the fundamentals of business minor.

Required Courses

Common Core – 21 credits
SOC 102 Introductory Professional Development in Sociology 1.5 credits
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOC 275 Systems of Social Stratification 3 credits
SOC 302 Advanced Professional Development in Sociology 1.5 credits
SOC 310 Development of Sociological Theory 3 credits
SOC 319 Research Methods I: Quantitative Survey Analysis 3 credits
SOC 320 Research Methods II: Data Analysis 3 credits
SOC 493 Senior Seminar 3 credits
Sociology Concentration – 12 credits
Two additional 200-level sociology courses 6 credits
Two additional 300 or 400-level sociology courses 6 credits
TOTAL 33 credits

At Valpo, students are encouraged think critically about crime, law, and justice.

Students with a criminology concentration will complete coursework in subjects such as juvenile delinquency, criminological theory, policing and society, and the sociology of law. Students must complete at least one internship during their junior or senior year.

Required Courses

Common Core — 21 credits
SOC 102 Introductory Professional Development in Sociology 1.5 credits
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOC 275 Systems of Social Stratification 3 credits
SOC 302 Advanced Professional Development in Sociology 1.5 credits
SOC 310 Development of Sociological Theory 3 credits
SOC 319 Research Methods I: Quantitative Survey Analysis 3 credits
SOC 320 Research Methods II: Data Analysis 3 credits
SOC 493 Senior Seminar 3 credits
Criminology Concentration — 15 credits
SOC 130 The Criminal Justice System 3 credits
SOC 311 Criminological Theory 3 credits
SOC 386
Internship in Sociology/Criminal Justice
3 credits
One course from the following options:
  • SOC 270 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 280 Media and Crime
  • SOC 350 Police in Society
  • SOC 360 Penology
  • SOC 370 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 391 Issues in Criminology
3 credits
One additional sociology course at 200-level or higher
3 credits
TOTAL 36 credits

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