College of Liberal Arts

The William Fielding Ogburn Department of Sociology offers a B.A. in Sociology and minor specializations in Anthropology/Archaeology and Criminal Justice. Students also have the option of developing an individualized major in Anthropology/Archaeology and Criminal Justice.


  • To provide students with a critical awareness and understanding of the social world.
  • To familiarize students with their social responsibilities as members of society. 
  • To provide a basic foundation for advanced study and possible careers in sociology, anthropology/archaeology, and criminal justice.

Sociology Major

A major in sociology consists of nine courses (29 hours), including SOC 101 (prerequisite to all 300 and 400 level Sociology courses), 301, 302, 304, 404a, and 404b, as well as one additional elective. At least 15 hours toward the major must come from courses numbered above 300.

In addition, one course must be taken from each of the following:

  • Problems (SOC 210, 295, 310, 313, 315, 345)
  • Structures (SOC 320, 321, 323, 325, 330, 335, 340, 367)
  • Special areas (SOC 390, 395, 490, ANT 201, CRJ 260)


Sociology Minor

A minor in sociology consists of a minimum of 16 hours, including SOC 101, 301, and 304.

Anthropology Minor

A minor in anthropology consists of a minimum of 15 hours, including ANT 201 and 12 additional hours in Anthropology, six of which must number 300 or above.

Criminal Justice Minor

The minor in criminal justice consists of 16 credit hours, including SOC 101, CRJ 260, CRJ 490, and two 300-level Criminal Justice courses. With permission of the chair, SOC 313 may be taken in place of one of the two 300-level CRJ electives in the minor.

Departmental Honors

Majors may qualify for departmental honors in sociology by qualifying for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.

Department Features

The Department of Sociology produces the Ogburn Journal of Sociology; a compendium of student research and essays on diverse topics of sociological interest.

There are two distinctive features of our complex. First, the department maintains a PC-based student computer lab with multimedia capabilities. Secondly, the Department's lobby is home to a museum collection of Native American art, African art, and various archeological artifacts.