Sociology

Suzanne Macaluso, Director    
ACU Box 27890
Abilene, Texas 79699-7890
Hardin Administration Building, Room 110

Phone: 325-674-2702
Fax: 325-674-6525
Email: suzie.macaluso@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/soci.html

Faculty
Suzanne Macaluso, Assistant Professor

Majors: 
Sociology (BS)               

Minors: 
Sociology
 

The Sociology Program offers the Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. A minor in sociology may be added to other majors. The college also offers a certificate program in gerontology (see the Gerontology Program section of this catalog).

Introduction

The Sociology Program builds upon the University's mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership by equipping students to address contemporary social issues in a variety of community settings.

The program is committed to attaining high standards in education while offering personal guidance to students regarding their life choices.

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.

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 (page 19).

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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.

 

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 385 Social Theory (writing-intensive course)

    SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)

    SOCI 416 Social Statistics

    SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I

    BIBP 486 Ethics

    Choose eight from ECON 438, PSYC 370, SOCW 329, SOCI 350

    SOCI 355, SOCI 362, SOCI 380, SOCI 388, SOCI 410, SOCI 477.

    SOCI 480

TOTAL   

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

(3)1

 

 

24

36

ELECTIVES  
Minimum      36
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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MINOR: SOCIOLOGY (SOCI)  

    SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology  

    SOCI 385 Social Theory

    SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)

    Choose from: SOCI 300-499

TOTAL

               3

3

3

9

18

 

 

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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