College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2020-2021 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

Study of Culture and Society department web site


Program Overview

Sociology is the systematic and empirically-based study of human social interaction ranging from the most simple exchanges between people to complex, multi-layered and multi-scaled global processes and structures.  It also examines the central place of language, a shared and dynamic set of symbols and meanings, in human lives.  Students learn both about the worlds in which they and others live and how to understand and explain how these worlds work and sometimes do not.  And they consider, based on these understandings, what sorts of interventions, through policy or practice, might serve to change aspects of those worlds for the better for those living in them.  The department offers students literacy and training in multiple theories and methods of social inquiry, giving special attention to qualitative and historical analysis.

Students in the program enjoy frequent collaboration with the Des Moines community through research assignments, service learning, and internships.  Recent graduates have gone to graduate school in social work, business, law, paralegal studies, sociology, criminology, and anthropology.  They also have found jobs in government agencies, businesses, and social service organizations according to their interests and past experiences.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The sociology major offers sound preparation for careers in law and public administration, medicine and public health, activism, social work, advertising and marketing, politics and public policy, business, banking, and consulting, to name just a few.  The various courses in the sociology program examine social groups and processes in a wide diversity of contexts, with an emphasis on critical thinking and social justice. 

The program has flexibility built into the core course requirements and allows anthropology and rhetoric courses to contribute to the curriculum for majors.  Students are encouraged to work with their advisers to assure selection of courses compatible with their educational and career objectives.

Course Credits
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
SCSS 042 - Sociological Inquiry 3
Select two theory-intensive courses from:
SCS 110 - Culture, Knowledge, Power 3
SCSA 081 - Borders and Boundaries 3
SCSA 170 - Global Political Violence 3
SCSA 175 -Medical Anthropology 3
SCSA 180 - Ritual and Myth 3
SCSS 080 - Social Problems 3
SCSS 085 - Sociology of Everyday Life 3
SCSS 135 - Science and Society 3
SCSS 138 - Constructing Normal 3
SCSS 170 - Deviance 3
SCSS 175 - Social Stratification 4
SCSS 176 - Documenting Lives 3
Select one research design course from:
SCSA 078 - The Practice of Oral History 3
SCSA 150 - Language and Intersectionality 3
SCSA 153 - Documentary Video Challenge 3
SCSA 156 - Ethnographic Methods 3
SCSS 150 - Women and Work 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 159 - Methods of Social Research 3
STAT 050 - Statistics for Social Sciences 3
Select one community-engaged learning course. May not be double-counted as research-design or theory-intensive. Choose from:
SCSA 078 - The Practice of Oral History 3
SCSA 046 - Anthropology of Religion 3
SCSA 153 - Documentary Video Challenge 3
SCSA 175 - Medical Anthropology 3
SCSA 180 - Ritual and Myth 3
SCSS 076 - Sociology of Childhood 3
SCSS 146 - Restorative Justice 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race 3
SCSS 179 - Sociology of Education 3
SCSS 199 - Senior Capstone Seminar 3
Select 15 additional credits in sociology 15
TOTAL 36

Up to 6 hours of anthropology or rhetoric (SCSR) courses may count towards this major.  Anthropology courses taken to fulfill the theory intensive or research design requirements above for sociology are not counted as part of those 6 hours.  That is, students still have the 6 hours allowance for anthropology beyond those hours.

For Sociolgy and Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change (RMSC) double majors: No more than nine hours may be counted towards both Sociology and RMSC, and students must do a distinct capstone for each major.

A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit allowed in the Sociology major.  Transfer courses may not be used to fulfill the theory-intensive, research design, community engaged, or capstone requirements. 

Students who wish to count Drake courses as electives from related areas outside of SCS programs (no more than 3 credits) must petition the department and their advisor.  To receive approval for the major, a non-SCS course must use or examine a method, theory, or substantive problem of historical importance and/or complementary to sociology.

To graduate with a Sociology major, students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each core course. Sociology majors may not earn a major in Anthropology-Sociology.


Sociology Minor

Required Courses Credits
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
SCSS 042 - Sociological Inquiry 3
Select 12 additional credits in sociology 12
TOTAL 18

A maximum of 6 hours in anthropology (SCSA) or rhetoric (SCSR) courses may be used for the sociology minor. No more than 9 hours of transfer credit are allowed.

Students who wish to count courses as electives from related areas outside of SCS programs (no more than 3 credits) must petition their advisor and the department.  To receive approval for the major, a non-SCS course must use or examine a method, theory, or substantive problem of historical importance and/or complementary to sociology.

 

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