Scholarships & Awards

Recent winners

TTU-SociologyStudentAwards2011 Recipients:

Excellence in Criminal Justice Studies Award Krystal Smith
Mookherjee Soc.Senior Award Rosanna Christen
Senior Award for Academic Excellence  Kristin Holder
Student Research Award (announcement ) Rebecca Culver (left), “Living in Silence: A Qualitative Sociological Examination on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” & Susan Wilson (right), “How Do Religious Views Impact Abortion Views?


Award for Service in Social Work

Based on volunteer hours.
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Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Studies

Selection Process:
The award will be presented annually in the Spring Semester to the junior departmental major with a concentration in Criminal Justice having the highest QPA in completed criminal justice coursework.

Criminal Justice coursework is defined as those courses (excluding CJ 4700/5700 and CJ 4900/5900) having a CJ prefix including those substantive dual-listed courses, e.g., CJ/SOC 2610,2660, 4010,4040 and 4660, that have been completed with a CJ prefix.

A plaque presented annually in the Spring Semester

Junior Standing -- 60 to 89.9 course hours completed with a minimum QPA of 3.25
Requisite Hours/QPAs Within Disciplines

Criminal Justice - 15 hours or more completed with at least 3 hours in upper division CJ Coursework (3000 /4000 level), excluding CJ 4700/5700 and CJ 4900/ 590, with a minimum QPA of 3.25

Sociology - 9 hours completed or more in courses having a SOC prefix with at least 3 hours in upper division SOC coursework (3000/4000 level), excluding SOC 4900/5900 and SOC 4950/5950, with a minimum QPA of 3.25.

Senior Award for Academic Excellence

Selection Process:
Student records will be scrutinized and the winner of the award selected during Spring semester of each year. The award and an appropriate plaque will be awarded during the Spring semester at the College of Arts and Science's annual awards ceremony. Should there be no student satisfying the minimum eligibility requirements, the award shall be deferred until the following academic year. In the event of students having similar QPAs, the winner of the award will be determined by a vote of the departmental faculty. Evidence of commitment and service to the discipline will be considered. In case of a tie or multiple winners, the award will be evenly divided among the selected recipients.

Establishment of the Award:
The award was established upon the unanimous recommendation of the Department faculty and is funded primarily through their voluntary contributions.

Award presented to that senior major within the department demonstrating academic excellence.

Requirements for Eligibility:
The winner of the award will be that senior major within the department demonstrating academic excellence, provided that he or she satisfies the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  1. Enrollment as a major in the Department of Sociology & Political Science during Spring Semester.
  2. Completion of at least 90 semester hours of University credit with a QPA of at least 3.25. Of the 90 hours, at least 30 must have been earned at Tennessee Tech, and the student must have completed at least two semesters in residence at the University.
  3. Completion of at least 27 semester hours of course work in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Philosophy or Sociology with a QPA of at least 3.5. Of the 27 hours at least 21 must have been earned within this department.
  4. Previous winners of the award shall not be eligible for consideration.

Student Research Award:

Submissions will be accepted between the start of the Spring term and the end of the third week of Fall term. Submissions can be given to any faculty member or brought to the Sociology and Political Science Office. Winners will be announced prior to the end of the fall term.

Submissions can address any area in sociology, criminology, social work, anthropology, political science, or philosophy. They can be based on quantitative, qualitative, or library research. Papers must be between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length, excluding tables and references. Format and organization of papers should follow the guidelines used by the American Sociological Association. Articles should be submitted on paper and as a Word document on computer diskette.

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

The Greenamyre Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Edward Louis Greenamyre, anthropologist at Tennessee Tech University for more than 20 years, endowed the scholarship to honor and memorialize his mother, Margaret Greenamyre.


The Mookherjee Sociology Senior Award Endowment

This award was created by the Mookherjee family, Dr. Harsha Mookherjee, a Sociology professor at Tennessee Tech University, his wife, Ira, and their daughter, Paramita, a TTU alumna.

The award will consist of the lesser of $250.00 or available funds to be presented in the Spring Semester of each year. If a suitable or qualified student is not available, the award will not be given in that year.



Programs of Study

General Sociology Track
Social Work Concentration
Criminal Justice Concentration
Philosophy/Anthropology Minors

What is Sociology?

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Opportunities for Students

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Scholarships & Awards

Student Accomplishments

Alpha Kappa Delta

International Sociology Honor Society



Sociology & Criminal Justice Club

A student organization designed to further the academic and career development of any student.

Internship Program

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Sociology Links

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