Undergraduate Degree Options
The general sociology major prepares students for positions which require a bachelor's degree in one of the social science disciplines, including employment in a variety of government and private-sector agencies, or for a graduate program in sociology. It also provides valuable preparation for related fields such as law, social work, education, counseling, politics, and public administration.
Criminology is a field of study that examines the making of law, the nature and extent of crime and criminality, and efforts to control crime. The Criminology (CRIM) option builds upon the required course work in Sociology, and allows students to pursue an extended study of crime and the criminal justice system. The Criminology option prepares students for careers in criminal justice research or administration, as well as further graduate work at the doctorate level at another university. Please refer to the Course Catalog and the Sociology Degree Checklists for more information about the Criminology option.
The Inequality and Social Justice (ISJ) option focuses on the mechanisms that produce and ameliorate disparities across ascribed groups, and calls on students and faculty to examine the causes and consequences of inequalities based on class, gender, race/ethnicity, disabilities, age, and sexual orientation. Attention is given to local, national, and global sites of inequality, including work and labor markets, financial institutions, education, health, religion, and families. Please refer to the Course Catalog and the Sociology Degree Checklists for more information about the ISJ option.
Rural regions are facing rapid social, economic, demographic, and environmental change. The Rural and Environmental Change (REaCH) option will develop analytical and practical skills for understanding these changes both regionally, in the American West, and globally, as well as their policy implications in such areas as rural health, welfare and work, community development and assessment, indigenous peoples issues, and natural resource management. An option in Rural and Environmental Change will prepare students for employment in either a government, private, or non-profit agency concerned with the above topics, or for pursuing a doctorate in this area at another university. Please refer to the Course Catalog and Sociology Degree Checklists for more information about the REaCH option.