Programs of Study

The Sociology Major at Tennessee Tech University leads to the Bachelor of Science Degree and includes three tracks:· a Bachelor of Science in Sociology; a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice; and, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a concentration in social work. 

Core of Required Courses Common to the Major (all three tracks): (27 hours) 

SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3hrs)

SOC 3900 Intro. to Social Research (3hrs)

SOC 3910 Social Science Statistical Analysis (3hrs)

SOC 3100 Sociological Theory (3hrs)

SOC 4920 or 4930 Qualitative or Quantitative Analysis (3hrs) 

Foreign Language (3hrs) (Culture and Civilization courses do not qualify) 

Electives in Social Sciences/Philosophy (9hrs)

Students will take 9 hours of elective courses in the social sciences/philosophy consisting of any course that meets the Social/Behavioral Sciences General Education Requirements, and/or are from the disciplines of: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology.

Note: For the criminal justice concentration 3 hours of electives in Social Sciences/Philosophy must be upper division level. The social work consentation meets the Social Sciences/Philosophy requirements by 9 hours embedded in the major (PSY 2010, PSY elective, and PHIL 2250).

Additional graduation requirements must be satisfied including but not limited to: a total of 120 semester hours; a total of 36 hours earned at the upper division (3000 or 4000 level courses); and satisfactory completion of the general education requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet all requirements for graduation, and should consult with their academic advisor on a regular basis.

Option One: General Sociology Track

The general sociology option allows you the flexibility and freedom to pursue your personal interests. The broader perspective learned in this option will prepare you to adapt to a rapidly changing world and a variety of work environments. General sociology provides excellent preparation for graduate or law school or a career in areas such as government, health, or social services, administrative management, public relations, international relations, business consultation, city management, evaluation research, child welfare, and gerontology.

In addition to the required core of 27 hours, students will complete an additional 21 hours of elective courses chosen from courses with a sociology, criminal justice, or social work prefix.· A minimum of 15 hours must be at the upper division level.

Total hours in the major:· 48.· Total hours of sociology/SW/CJ courses:36-45.
Total hours required for graduation:· 120.

Click here to see a suggested year by year curriculum plan for the General Sociology Track

Option Two: Criminal Justice Concentration

The Criminal Justice Program offers a baccalaureate (B.S.) concentration. The B.S. concentration involves a major in Sociology with a large proportion of course work in criminal justice. Those who complete the B.S. degree will have a sound foundation that prepares them to compete for positions in law enforcement, corrections and social service agencies, or for admission to law school.

Although some agencies may prefer applicants who have majored in criminal justice, experience indicates that a strong background in a related social science with a focus on criminal justice is also desirable in today's career market. The Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with a criminal justice concentration. By choosing this option, the student automatically fulfills the requirement for a minor. While students concentrating in criminal justice take a number of core and supportive courses in sociology, much of the departmental coursework is in criminal justice. As is the case with most baccalaureate programs, it normally requires four years in which to complete the B.S. in sociology (criminal justice) degree.

The concentration in criminal justice has three primary goals. First, it is intended to further the goal of professional education within a liberal arts framework. Second, it is designed to promote an understanding of the relationships between social control, the social structure and the criminal justice system. Third, the concentration is designed to allow sufficient flexibility for career alternatives, yet provide a core of substantive criminal justice coursework.

The criminal justice concentration is intended to avoid over-specialization. Neither the criminal justice courses nor other core requirements are vocationally oriented. As employment opportunities change on the national, state and local levels, narrowly structured degrees often prove to be a handicap. Those who successfully complete the concentration will have a sound foundation that prepares them to compete for positions in law enforcement, corrections, social service agencies or for admission to law school.

Director: Dr. H.W. Mannle
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To complete the criminal justice track:

In addition to the required core of 27 hours, students will also be required to take:

CJ 2660 Criminology (3)

CJ 2700 Law Enforcement (3)

CJ 2850 Criminal Law (3)

CJ 3650 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

CJ 3610 Adv. Criminal Procedure (3)

CJ 4660 Corrections (3)

PHIL 1030 Introduction (3)  

POLS 1000 American Government (3)

General Education Science requirement must be met by BIOL or CHEM sequence.

 General Education Science requirement must be met by BIOL or CHEM sequence.

Students will compete an additional 12 hours of elective courses at the upper division level chosen from courses with a sociology, criminal justice, or social work prefix.

Total hours in the major: 63. Total hours of sociology/SW/CJ courses: 45-54.

Total hours required for graduation: 120.

 

Click here to see a suggested year by year curriculum plan for the Criminal Justice Concentration

General Pre-Law Program

General Pre-Law (GEPL) is for students interested in entering Law School after graduation. The Student Success Center offers a General Pre-Law progarm that provides guidance in selecting a major best suited for the student and his or her particular area of interest. Since there is no recommended major for entrance into law schools, students should focus on developing proficiency in writing and speaking, reading, researching, analyzing, and thinking logically. A college degree and a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) are generally required for admission to an approved law school. Dr. Henry Mannle, a pre-law advisor, can provide information regarding law school admission requirements and standards and can assist students in planning a program for careers in law.

Tennessee Technological University also offers two activities specifically designed for students interested in the study or practice of law. First, the Pre-Law Society keeps members in touch with law schools, legal issues, and the culture of the legal profession. The second, Mock Trial, is open to members of the Pre-Law Society and students who have participated in mock-trial competitions in high school.

 

Option Three: Social Work Concentration

The Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a social work concentration for those students interested in careers in social work.

Social work is a "helping profession" that assists people who face difficult problems. Some social workers do their work in family service agencies dealing with marriage, health and child welfare problems. Others work in a medical setting providing assistance to patients and their relatives during a health crisis or a death. Still others work in the area of corrections, assisting juvenile and adult law violators in rehabilitation. Social workers can also be found in public welfare agencies assisting the poor and disabled and in industry assisting employees with chemical abuse problems.

To complete the social work track:

In addition to the required core of 27 hours, students will also be required to take:

SW 1800 Introduction (3)

SW 4100 Probation and Parole (3)

SW 4900 Internship (3)

SW 4120 Case Management (3)

PHIL 2250 Ethics (3)

POLS 1000 American Government (3)

PSY 2010 Introduction (3)    

PSY Additional course (3) or EDPY 2200 (3)

General Education Science requirement must be met by BIOL sequence.

Students will complete an additional 15 hours of elective courses chosen from courses with a sociology, criminal justice, or social work prefix. A minimum of 9 hours must be at the upper division level.

Total hours in the major: 57. Total hours of sociology/SW/CJ courses: 42-51.

Total hours required for graduation: 120.

Advisor, Social Work Option:
Shelley Brown
301 Daniel Hall
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