Sociology and Family Studies

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

Faculty
Jennifer Dillman, Assistant Professor
Suzanne Macaluso, Assistant Professor
Charlie D. Pruett, Associate Professor
Alan Wages, Assistant Professor
Steven Wages, Associate Professor

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

Minors: Family Studies
               Sociology
               Sociology-Criminal Justice

The Department of Sociology and Family Studies offers the Bachelor of Science degree 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 a certificate program in gerontology (see the Gerontology Program 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. 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, law, crime and delinquency, family life education, ministry, organizational development, 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 service providers, youth services and program directors, child development center directors, and family life educators. The Family Studies major requirements examine 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)

 

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

Courses required for provisional 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 Family Crisis and Resilency 

    FAM 470 Family Life Education Methodology  

    FAM 495 Family Studies Practicum (writing-intensive course)  

    COMS 376 Family Communication  

    GERO 352 Adult Development and Aging  

    SOCI 362 Families in Society  

    SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues 

Other courses required for major:

    FAM 454 Aging and the Family 

    FAM 455 Ministry to Fathers 

TOTAL  

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

42

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

30

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Minimum grade for each course in major  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation   

Minimum advanced hours   

Minimum total hours 

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

 

Minor in Family Studies   
 

MINOR: FAMILY STUDIES (FAM)  

FAM 251 Introduction to Family Studies  

COMS 376 Family Communication 

FAM 452 Parenting and Family Skills  

Electives (Choose 9 hours)  

    FAM 265 Child Development

    FAM 453 Family Crises and Resiliency

    FAM 454 Aging and the Family

    FAM 455 Ministry to Fathers

TOTAL 

3

3

3

9

 

 

 

 

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 intergroup relationships 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 global 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, public/social policy, 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.

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)

 

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

  Sociology

    SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 

    SOCI 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice 

    SOCI 222 Social Problems   

    SOCI 350 Sociology of Aging 

    SOCI 362 Families in Society 

    SOCI 385 Social Theory (writing-intensive course)   

    SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)   

    SOCI 416 Social Statistics   

    SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity   

    SOCI 460 Ethics and Social Issues 

    SOCI 480 Inequality and Social Justice 

    SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I  

    Advanced hours SOCI /GERO /FAM  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

6

39

ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

33

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade for each course in major  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours   

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

 

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SOCIOLOGY (BS) (Criminal Justice Emphasis)   
 

 BS: SOCIOLOGY WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE EMPHASIS DEGREE PLAN (SOCJ) 

LAW, DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL

 
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

  Sociology

    SOCI 111 Introduction to 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 480 Inequality and Social Justice 

    SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I  

Social Work/Psychology

    PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology  

Political Science

    POLS 384 American Judicial Process  

    POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers or

         POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

 

3

 

3

42

 ELECTIVES  

Minimum  

30

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

72

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  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

 

 

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

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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  

TOTAL 

3

3

3

3

3

3

18

  

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  

TOTAL  

3

3

3

3

3

3

18

 

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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.

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.

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