Sociology and Family Studies

   

Contact Information
Steve Wages, Chair
ACU Box 27890
Abilene, Texas 79699-7890
Hardin Administration Building, Room 120

 

Phone: 325-674-2306
Fax: 325-674-6524
Email: wagess@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/soci.html

 

Majors:Family Studies (BS)
             Sociology (BS)
             Sociology-Criminal Justice (BS)

 

Minors:Family Studies
             Sociology
             Sociology-Criminal Justice

 

Certificate:Gerontology

Faculty
Sherry Baisden, Instructor
Jennifer Dillman, Instructor
Charlie D. Pruett, Associate Professor
Steven Wages, Associate Professor
            

 

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).

A Master of Science degree in gerontology is 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’s mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership by equipping students to address contemporary family and social issues in a variety of community settings. Within this focus, students may choose family studies, criminal justice, or sociology as a major 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 a related 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 therapy, gerontology, research, administration, crime and delinquency, family life education, ministry, group leadership, business consulting, 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 Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies is designed to equip students to serve the needs of children and families in a variety of community settings. For those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives, the program equips students to provide social services and educational programs designed to improve the functioning of children and their families, to help strengthen family relationships, and to solve personal and family problems. Taught from a Christian perspective, the program prepares students for a variety of careers serving children and families such as: social service providers, family service workers, child life specialists, child and adult protective services, youth services and programs, child development center directors, and family life educators. The Family Studies Degree Core examines ten content or subject areas prescribed by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Students use recommended electives to build a specific area of study or concentration based on their professional interests such as child life, marriage and family, counseling, child and family ministry, gerontology, etc. Upon graduation students will have completed the course content necessary to take the NCFR Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) examination if desired. Majors in Family Studies should be people-oriented, sensitive to the concerns of children and families, effective in communication and listening skills, and strong in potential for leadership and management. 

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 .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

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

     Choose from (must include two different fields: chemistry, geologyphysics, AENV 130

          ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 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
     Composition: ENGL 112 or ENGL 326 or Sophomore 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, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Courses required for CFLE certification

     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 470 Family Life Education Methodology.....................................................................

     FAM 495 Field Experience (writing-intensive course) ...............................................

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

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

     SOCI 362 Families in Society.............................................................................

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

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Other Courses Required for Major

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

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

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................42

Note: Some major courses offered in alternate years.

ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................30
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 (Choose 9 hours)

     FAM 265 Child Development .................................................................................
     FAM 453 Family and Community ...........................................................................

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

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

3
3

3

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 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 .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

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

    Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 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, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        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 (writing-intensive course) .................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course) ..............................................

     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

     Sophomore 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

     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 .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature ..........................................................................................

3

3

Speech

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

3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 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, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        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 (writing-intensive course) ..............................................

     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

     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 Social and Ethnic History in U.S. (recommended) .....................................

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

          BLAW 363; COMS 345, 408, 430;

          POLS490, 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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