Sociology and Family Studies

Contact Information

David Gotcher, Chair

ACU Box 27890

Abilene, Texas 79699-7890

Hardin Administration Building, Room 120

 

Phone: 325-674-2306

Fax: 325-674-6524

Email: gotcherd@acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/soci.html

 

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Family Studies (BS)

Minor in Family Studies

Sociology Information

Sociology (BS)

Sociology (Criminal Justice Emphasis) (BS) 

Sociology Minors

Certificate in Gerontology

Faculty

Amanda Carroll, Instructor

Jennifer Dillman, Instructor

David J. Gotcher, Associate Professor

Charlie D. Pruett, Assistant Professor

Steven Wages, Assistant Professor

 

Majors: Family Studies, Sociology, Sociology-
             Criminal Justice

Minors: Sociology, Sociology-Criminal Justice, 
             Family Studies

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Sociology and Family Studies include those with the following designations: FAM, GERO, SOCI.



The Department of Sociology and Family Studies offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in family studies, sociology, and sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. A minor in sociology, criminal justice or family studies may be added to other majors. The department also offers courses in anthropology and a certificate program in gerontology (see the Gerontology Program section of this catalog).

Master of Science degrees in gerontology and in family studies are available. A certificate program in gerontology is also available. See the Graduate School section of this catalog.

  

Introduction

The Department of Sociology and Family Studies builds upon the university goals of strengthening Christian character and education for service while addressing contemporary social issues and providing a foundation for future personal and professional growth. Within this focus, students may choose family studies, criminal justice, or sociology as a major concentration while interacting with students in the other areas of concentration.

The department is committed to attaining high standards in education while offering personal guidance to students regarding their life choices. Every faculty member holds or is actively pursuing a terminal degree in an academic or professional field. Sociology and Family Studies faculty members have academic degrees and professional experience in such areas as community services, marriage and family life, religion, gerontology, research, administration, crime and delinquency, interpersonal group skills, group leadership, business and professional ethics, consultant services to business organizations, and professional and personal growth, family violence, and health care services.

 

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Family Studies

The focus of family studies is an integrative approach to the relationships among families and communities and the environments in which they function. Courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for strong Christian homes, employment in family service careers, and graduate study.

Family service professionals work with and for people in education, business, government, human services and research. They work in such diverse settings as child care facilities, aging facilities, schools, colleges and universities, stores and studios; governmental agencies; research laboratories; and homes.

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to this program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

FAMILY STUDIES (BS)

BS: FAMILY STUDIES DEGREE PLAN (FAM)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science

     BIOL 120 Biology: Human Perspective ..................................................................

     Choose AENV 130 or CHEM or NUTR or PHYS .........................................................

3

3

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     Composition: ENGL 112 or ENGL 326 or Literature ..................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ......................................................................

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

     3 hours from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, PHIL, POLS ..............................................

3

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Family Studies

     FAM 251 Introduction to Family Studies .................................................................

     FAM 265 Introduction to Child Development ...........................................................

     FAM 356 Human Intimacy ....................................................................................

     FAM 432 Family Finances .....................................................................................

     FAM 452 Parenting and Family Skills .....................................................................

     FAM 453 The Family and Community .....................................................................

     FAM 495 Field Experience .....................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Other Required Courses

     COMS 376 Family Communication ........................................................................

     GERO 352 Adult Development and Aging ...............................................................

     SOCI 362 Marriage and Family .............................................................................

     SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues ........................................................................

     SOCW 327 Human Behavior and Social Environment I ............................................

     SOCW 328 Human Behavior and Social Environment II ..........................................

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................39

Note: Some major courses offered in alternate years.

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR

Choose 18 hours from:

     BIBM 390 Family Relations ...................................................................................

     BIBM 413 Seminar in Adolescent Moral/Sexual Issues ............................................

     BIBM 434 Developing Faith in Children ..................................................................

     FAM 454 Aging and the Family ..............................................................................

     FAM 455 Ministry to Fathers ..................................................................................

     GERO 448 Biology of Aging ..................................................................................

     PSYC 374 Emotionally Disturbed Child ..................................................................

     PSYC 392 Child Psychology ..................................................................................

     SOCI 222 Social Problems ...................................................................................

     SOCI 350 Sociology of Aging ...............................................................................

     SOCI 444 Social Group Leadership .......................................................................

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................15
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Minor in Family Studies

MINOR: FAMILY STUDIES (FAM)

     FAM 251 Introduction to Marriage and Family Studies .............................................

     COMS 376 Family Communication ........................................................................

     FAM 452 Parenting and Family Skills .....................................................................

3

3

3

Electives (9 hours)

     FAM 256 Child Development .................................................................................

     FAM 433 Family Economics and Resource Management ...........................................

     FAM 453 Family and Community ...........................................................................

     FAM 454 Aging and the Family ..............................................................................

     FAM 455 Ministry to Fathers ..................................................................................

3

3

3

4

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18


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Sociology

The primary goal of the sociology program is to provide a quality educational experience within a Christian, liberal arts perspective. Students will be prepared to assume entry level careers of service and leadership in communities or continue graduate studies in related fields of study.

Sociology is devoted to understanding our social world – how and why it is changing and how to make it better. Its primary subject matter is the group, not the individual. Sociology attempts to give people an insight into practical problems at work, in the family, the church, the community and the world. Since all human activity is social, our subject matter ranges from family relationships to mob violence, from religion to organized crime, from divisions over gender, race and social class to consensus on basic values, from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields of study have such a broad scope and relevance for so many applications.

Because sociology offers special training in a broad range of social issues and competency in gathering, organizing and evaluating data, a degree in sociology helps open numerous job opportunities in our information-oriented society. At the baccalaureate level, sociology majors acquire positions in such diverse occupational settings as social service agencies, management, criminal justice, community research, gerontology, public relations, medical facilities, church ministries, case workers, lobbyists, community planning, public school teaching, legal offices and numerous others.

Many undergraduates in sociology continue in school to pursue their master’s and doctorates in specialized fields of sociology. Others use their sociology training in diverse graduate fields such as community studies and development, family therapy, social work, urban planning, church ministry and missions. Sociology also provides excellent preparation for law school by exposing students to critical thinking and research skills, interpersonal and organizational dynamics, and social policy issues.

Criminal Justice
Abilene Christian University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. This degree is designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States and the development and practical application of such concepts as deviant and criminal behavior, law, social control, civil liberties and constitutionalism.

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Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to one of these programs, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

SOCIOLOGY (BS)

BS: SOCIOLOGY DEGREE PLAN (SOCI)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     ECON 260 Macroeconomics ..................................................................................

     HIST (100-299) ...................................................................................................

     Choose one: ANTH 101, GEOG 235, POLS 226 or PSYC 120 ....................................

3

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Sociology

     SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ......................................................................

     SOCI 222 Social Problems ...................................................................................

     SOCI 385 Social Theory ......................................................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research ...................................................................................

     SOCI 416 Social Statistics ....................................................................................

     SOCI 420 Social Change .....................................................................................

     SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity .................................................................................

     SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I ...........................................................................

     Three courses: SOCI ...........................................................................................

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

9

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................34
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Other Required Courses

     Literature or ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing .......................................

     SOCW 441 Social Welfare Policy and Services .......................................................

3

3

Track (6 hours must be advanced)*

     Business:ACCT 210; BLAW 363; ECON 261; MGMT 330, 335; MKTG 340, 341

     Pre-Law:ACCT 210; BLAW 363; COMS 222 or 375; POLS 490, 491; SOCI 410

     Cross-cultural studies:ANTH 101; BMIS 371, 245; COMS 345, 483; FLSP 351;

                                      GEOG 354; INTS 499; POLS 483

     Church service:ANTH 101; BIBM 401; BMIS 371; COMS 345; SOCI 477

     Studies in aging: 9 hours from GERO 486, 495; SOCI 350;
                              6 hours from GERO 441448, 454

     General selection:ANTH 101; COMS 331, 345; GEOG 354; MGMT 330; POLS 341;
                                PSYC 388 ................................................................................

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................21

*A minor may be substituted for any track; this may reduce general electives.

ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................17
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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SOCIOLOGY (BS) (Criminal Justice Emphasis)

BS: SOCIOLOGY WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE EMPHASIS DEGREE PLAN (SOCJ) LAW, DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech

     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................

3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     ANTH, ECON (also AGRB 261), GEOG, HIST 100-299, or POLS ................................

     SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ......................................................................

     PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology ....................................................................

3

3

3

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Sociology

     SOCI 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice .............................................................

     SOCI 222 Social Problems ...................................................................................

     SOCI 355 Social Deviance ...................................................................................

     SOCI 388 Crime and Delinquency ........................................................................

     SOCI 410 The Sociology of Social Control and Law ................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research ...................................................................................

     SOCI 416 Social Statistics ....................................................................................

     SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity .................................................................................

     SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues ........................................................................

     SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I ...........................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

3

Social Work/Psychology
     SOCW 326 Human Behavior and Social Environment II or

          PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology ......................................................................

 

3

Political Science

     POLS 384 American Judicial Process .....................................................................

     POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers or

          POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights .........................................................

3

 

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................40
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Other Required Courses

     ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing ..........................................................

     HIST 455 (recommended) ....................................................................................

     Choose four courses from the following: ...............................................................

          BLAW 363; COMS 345, 408, 430;

          POLS 483, 490, 492; PSYC 370, 374;

          SOCI 380, 385, 420; SOCW 250, 444

3

3

12

 

 

 

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................14
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Statement of professional competence from internship sponsor

     Exit interview

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

 

 

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Minor in Sociology

MINOR: SOCIOLOGY (SOCI)

     SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ......................................................................

     SOCI 222 Social Problems ...................................................................................

     SOCI 385 Social Theory ......................................................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research ...................................................................................

     SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity .................................................................................

     Choose from: SOCI 300-499 ................................................................................

3

3

3

4

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................19


 

  

Minor in Sociology (Criminal Justice Emphasis)

MINOR: SOCIOLOGY WITH AN EMPHASIS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (SOCJ)

     SOCI 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice .............................................................

     SOCI 355 Social Deviance ...................................................................................

     SOCI 388 Crime and Delinquency ........................................................................

     SOCI 410 Sociology of Social Control and Law .......................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research ...................................................................................

     SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity .................................................................................

3

3

3

3

4

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................19


 

  

CERTIFICATE IN GERONTOLOGY (BS)

The undergraduate Certificate of Studies in Gerontology requires 15 semester hours. See the Gerontology section in Interdisciplinary Programs for specific requirements.

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