When you enroll at Susquehanna, you’ll be paired with an advisor and application tool to guide you in your course planning and scheduling. The following is an excerpt from the complete course catalog. Enrolled students follow the requirements of the course catalog for the academic year in which they declare each major and/or minor, consult with their advisor(s) and the Academic Planning Tool.
- Develops a critical understanding of the relationships between individuals, culture and social structures.
- Improves abilities to speak, write and present information clearly to a variety of audiences.
- Develops an understanding of the links between theory and methods in the production of knowledge.
- Analyzes and critiques the dynamic nature of contemporary social and cultural worlds.
Requirements for Degrees
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a major in sociology, a major in anthropology, a minor in sociology and a minor in anthropology. It also offers, in collaboration with the Department of Education, a course of study that leads to social studies teacher certification.
Students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology may, with the approval of the adviser and/or department head, complete more than one major and/or minor in the department.
Requirements for a Major in Sociology
A sociology major must complete 44 semester hours of required courses in sociology and anthropology and receive grades of C- or better. All majors must achieve at minimum a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses offered in the major. There are five compulsory courses. At least 12 of the remaining 24 hours must be taken at the 300 level or higher. In consultation with a department adviser, a sociology major may fulfill some of the major requirements by taking anthropology courses. The department recommends that SOCI- 235/ANTH-235 Qualitative Research Methods, SOCI-245/ANTH-245 Quantitative Research Methods and SOCI-311 Sociological Theory be completed by the end of the junior year. The capstone requirement for a major in sociology is met by taking SOCI-500/ANTH-500 Seminar or, with the permission of the department chair, by taking SOCI- 501/ANTH-501 Independent Research, which requires the production of a research paper.
20 Compulsory Courses for Sociology Major
4 SOCI-101 Principles of Sociology
4 SOCI-235 Qualitative Research Methods
4 SOCI-245 Quantitative Research Methods
4 SOCI-311 Sociological Theory
4 SOCI-500 Seminar
Of the 24 remaining semester hours, at least 12 must be taken at the 300 level or higher.
Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytic Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.
Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC- 479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).
Sociology students who seek secondary education certification in social studies must take the following additional courses outside the Department of Sociology and Anthropology: EDUC-425 Methods of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment in Teaching Social Studies, ECON-105 Elements of Economics, POLI-111 American Government and Politics, POLI-121 Comparative Government and Politics, PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology, HIST-322 Pennsylvania History or HIST-324 Pennsylvania’s Pasts and Their Publics, and 1 course in U. S. history (HIST-111, HIST-112 or HIST-115).
Secondary education sociology students must also take the following courses within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology: ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology, SOCI-101 Principles of Sociology, SOCI-235 Qualitative Research Methods, SOCI-245 Quantitative Research Methods, SOCI-311 Sociological Theory, SOCI-333 Development, Globalization, and Society or ANTH-310 National, Transnational and Diasporic Communities, SOCI-341 Family and Kinship, SOCI-413 Race, Ethnicity, and Minorities, SOCI-500 Seminar or SOCI-501 Independent Research, and 8 semester hours in sociology electives (student teaching may be substituted for the electives requirement).
The departmental honors program recognizes outstanding academic performance in the major with departmental honors. To graduate with departmental honors in sociology or anthropology, candidates must:
- Have a GPA of 3.50 or above in the major and 3.25 or above overall,
- Secure the recommendation of the department faculty to pursue honors,
- Write a senior thesis or equivalent paper based on departmental seminars, and
- Sit for an oral honors examination.