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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2007-2009

Department of Sociology

108 Albert W. Brown Building
(585) 395-2619

Chair and Associate Professor: Jeffrey T. Lashbrook, PhD, University of Rochester; Professor: Joan Z. Spade, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Associate Professor: Julie M. Ford, PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Assistant Professors: Denise A. Copelton, PhD, SUNY Binghamton; Amy E. Guptill, PhD, Cornnell University; Eric Kaldor, PhD, Rutgers University; Lynne M. Moulton, PhD, Rutgers University; Elliot B. Weininger, PhD, Graduate Center, University of New York.

Sociology is the study of interpersonal, structural and cultural patterns that make up human societies. Drawing on rigorous methodological and theoretical traditions, sociologists examine the workings of major social institutions such as education, family, economy, medicine and the media; the formation of groups, organizations, communities and social movements; the interpersonal and social dynamics of race, class and gender; conformity with and deviance from societal norms and values; and the social construction of contemporary experiences and issues, including health and illness. By placing the individual in his or her societal context, sociologists “turn personal troubles and concerns into social issues and problems open to reason” (C. Wright Mills, 1959: 186). Sociologists also seek to understand the structure and nature of social systems, particularly in relationship to patterns of beliefs and practices, social organization, and systems of inequality.

Sociology majors develop research and conceptual skills critical for today’s careers, including criminal justice, public health, social work, community and organizational development, planning, public administration, gerontology, education, nursing and market research. In addition, a sociology major or minor is valuable preparation for post-graduate study in areas such as law, social work, business and medicine. Sociology majors are encouraged to enroll in internships to explore career alternatives.

Requirements for the Sociology Major

The sociology major requires students to earn 33 credits in sociology. All majors must complete the five core courses listed below and must have a “C” or higher grade in SOC 200, SOC 300 and SOC 310.

Core Courses (15 credits)

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 210, Social Problems, Social Psychology or Social Institutions (one of these 220 or 230 courses MUST BE taken at SUNY Brockport)

SOC 200 Social Statistics

SOC 300 Sociological Theory

SOC 310 Methods of Sociological Research

Students must also complete 18 credits of electives in sociology. Students who do not take SOC 200 Social Statistics in the department must take 21 credits of sociology electives.

Requirements for the Sociology Minor
The sociology minor requires students to complete SOC 100 and 15 credits from other sociology courses for a total of 18 credits.

Double Major in Criminal Justice and Sociology or Social Work and Sociology
Cooperative ventures between the Departments of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work enable students to easily complete two majors before graduation. Having a second major on the graduation transcript indicates additional breadth of knowledge in the investigation of social problems and issues. Indeed, additional knowledge about such matters as school systems, domestic violence, sex crimes, deviant behavior, interpersonal interaction, and alternative methods of conflict resolution is invaluable for the person employed in criminal justice or social work. Given the social forces that affect the work of police officers, probation officers and judges and social workers, completing the sociology major as well should enhance the employment opportunities of students in both of these fields. This combined major should also facilitate admission into the many graduate programs, including social work, criminology, sociology, public administration or law.

For advisement on a double major in criminal justice or social work and sociology, consult with any professor in these departments. Those wishing to pursue the option of a double major in sociology and social work or criminal justice should do so as early in their academic careers as possible. Courses in these disciplines fill up very quickly and majors receive preferential treatment in registering. In addition, students must apply to the Department of Social Work and fulfill prerequisites for that major in their first and second years.

Sociology Courses

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The information in this publication was current as of June 2007 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information.