2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Sociology Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The sociology education major is a good pairing with the history education major. Students earning a sociology education major can be certified at the early adolescence-adolescence level through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Sociology is the study of human groups and how the group influences social behavior. The field is both a science and a philosophy, seeking to answer questions about human behavior through the use of scientific methods. Sociology gives us new and important knowledge about the social world. The focus of the sociology major is to prepare students with the methodological background and analytical skills necessary for working in today’s world, while allowing students to gain a basic understanding of a variety of areas within sociology such as social stratification, criminology, social psychology and comparative sociology.

Every sociology major completes a senior project in one of our two senior capstone courses SOC 405 Quantitative Social Research Seminar or SOC 416 Qualitative Explorations. Working closely with faculty, each student designs and completes a semester-long investigation of a sociology-related topic. The senior capstone course provides students with firsthand experience and analytical skills that are valuable in the work world and in graduate study.

Admission requirements for STEP Program

(Teacher certification program: early-adolescence-adolescence)

40 credits

Major core
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 200Foundations of Sociological Analysis 13
SOC 250Methods of Social Research I 13
SOC 350Methods of Social Research II3
SOC 390Early Sociological Theory3
or SOC 395 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 408Teaching and Learning History & Social Studies in the Secondary School4
Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Social Research Seminar
Sociology Honors Project
Qualitative Explorations
Social organization and processes
Select at least one from the following:3
Marriage and Family
Society and Schools
The Sociology of Sport and Leisure
Social Stratification
Rural and Urban Communities
Religion and Society
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
Sociology of Sexualities
Sociology of Gender
Lesbian Studies
Health Care and Illness
Social psychology
Select at least one from the following:3
Sociology of Mental Illness
Social Psychology
Sociology of Small Groups
Communication in Teams
Group Dynamics
Collective Behavior
Comparative sociology and anthropology
Select at least one from the following:3
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Global Inequality
OR any course in anthropology
Social problems and social change
Select at least one from the following:3
Social Problems
Law and Society
Sociology of City Life
Demography
Delinquency
Criminology
Criminal Justice
Sociopharmacology
Sociology of Violence
Death, Grief, and Bereavement
Sociology of Deviance
Electives
Remaining electives may be selected from any of the course offerings in sociology. Up to six credits in anthropology may be applied toward the sociology major. Anthropology credits applied to the sociology major cannot be applied to the anthropology minor or archaeological studies major.6
Total Credits40
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To enroll in SOC 200 and SOC 250, a student must have declared sociology as a major. Once a student has declared sociology as a major, it likely will take a minimum of four semesters to complete the core required course sequence.

Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 and EFN 200 to fulfill statutory licensing requirements (credits do not count toward the sociology education major).

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
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Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World Hist)3Gen Ed Elective3
BIO 100 or MIC 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4Gen Ed Math4
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
SOC 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3PSY 2123
 16 15
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4EDS 3092
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3SOC 2003
Gen Ed Arts2-3PSY 3703
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
University Elective3SOC 2503
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3 
 17 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 3503SOC/ANT Gen Ed Elective13
Natural Lab Science (Physical)4EDS 3514
Social Psychology Course3SPE 4013
Social Problems and Change Course3SOC 3903
Social Organization and Processes Course3Comparative Sociology and Anthropology Course3
Apply to the STEP Program2  
 16 16
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDS 3192EDS 4921
EFN 2001EDS 494312
SOC/ANT Elective3 
SOC 4084 
SOC 4053 
 13 13
Total Credits: 120
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Can use Gen Ed courses for both Gen Ed and the major: SOC 225, SOC 202, and SOC 120.

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Students need a 2.75 GPA and passing basic skills test scores. See the STEP Admissions website for details.

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See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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