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    Tennessee Technological University
   
 
  Sep 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Sociology and Political Science


Professor Raymondo, Chairperson; Professors Gunter, Haynes, Maxwell, Norris; Associate Professor Stanger; Assistant Professors Anderson, Carlton, Navarro, Seiler; Instructor Brown

The Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology; a concentration in Criminal Justice within the B.S. Sociology degree; a concentration in Social Work within the B.S. Sociology degree; undergraduate minors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Sociology; and a graduate minor in Sociology; undergraduate minors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Sociology; and a graduate minor in Sociology.  (Note: In some cases completing a minor will require transfer credit or on-line hours.  Many of the courses in the department are restricted to declared majors.)

Political Science

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science is offered with courses in each of the six main areas of specialization within the discipline: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, American Government, State and Local Government, and Public Administration. A student who majors in Political Science at Tech is provided a broad liberal arts education with adequate specialization in the major and ample opportunity to take elective courses in related areas. Graduates are well-prepared for a number of options: graduate studies, law school, employment in government or private business.

Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology courses are offered when staff are available.

Sociology

The Sociology curriculum has three main purposes: (1) to aid students in understanding the roles of social forces and ideas in shaping modern society; (2) to provide a well-rounded education preparing the student for a wide range of occupations, particularly those which work directly with people or with categories or groups of people; and (3) to provide a sound academic background for graduate study in sociology or for such professions as law or the ministry.

Criminal Justice

Advisor: Dr. Mannle

The Criminal Justice Program offers a baccalaureate (B.S.) concentration, and a minor (15 hours) in criminal justice. The B.S. concentration involves a major in Sociology with a large proportion of course work in criminal justice.

Those who complete the B.S. degree will have a sound foundation that prepares them to compete for positions in law enforcement, corrections and social service agencies, or for admission to law school.

Social Work

The Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a social work concentration for those students interested in a career in social work.

Social work is a “helping profession” that assists people who face difficult problems. Some social workers do their work in family service agencies dealing with marriage, health and child welfare problems. Others work in a medical setting providing assistance to patients and their relatives during a health crisis or a death. Still others work in the area of corrections assisting juvenile and adult law violators in rehabilitation. Social workers can also be found in public welfare agencies assisting the poor and disabled and in industry assisting employees with chemical abuse problems.

Philosophy

Philosophy courses are designed to help students acquire appreciation for the values and modes of reflection appropriate for the philosophical mind. They seek to stimulate interest in the ultimate human questions and to help students understand the proposed answers to those questions given by thinkers across the centuries. A baccalaureate minor is available and is especially appropriate for those interested in the humanities, the social sciences, and the professions. 

Sociology Major 

The Sociology Major at Tennessee Tech University leads to the Bachelor of Science Degree and includes three tracks: a Bachelor of Science in Sociology; a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice; and, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a concentration in social work.

Core of Required Courses Common to the Major (all three tracks):  (27 hours)  

Students will take 9 hours of elective courses in the social sciences/philosophy consisting of any course that meets the Social/Behavioral Sciences General Education Requirement, and/or are from the disciplines of: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology.

Note: For the criminal justice concentration 3 hours of the electives in Social Sciences/Philosophy must be at the upper division level. The social work concentration meets the Social Sciences/Philosophy requirement by 9 hours embedded in the major (PSY 1030 , PSY elective, and PHIL 2250 ).

Additional graduation requirements must be satisfied including but not limited to: a total of 120 semester hours; a total of 36 hours earned at the upper division (3000 or 4000 level courses); and, satisfactory completion of the general education requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet all requirements for graduation, and should consult with their academic advisor on a regular basis.

To complete the general sociology track:

In addition to the required core of 27 hours, students will complete an additional 21 hours of elective courses chosen from courses with a sociology, criminal justice, or social work prefix.  A minimum of 15 hours must be at the upper division level.

Total hours in the major: 48.

Total hours of sociology/SW/CJ courses: 36-45.

Total hours required for graduation: 120.

To complete the criminal justice track:

 

The Criminal Justice Program offers a baccalaureate (B.S.) concentration, in criminal justice. The B.S. concentration involves a major in Sociology with a large proportion of course work in criminal justice.

Those who complete the B.S. degree will have a sound foundation that prepares them to compete for positions in law enforcement, corrections and social service agencies, or for admission to law school.

To complete the criminal justice track:

In addition to the required core of 27 hours, students will also be required to take:

Students will compete an additional 12 hours of elective courses at the upper division level chosen from courses with a sociology, criminal justice, or social work prefix.

Total hours in the major: 63

Total hours of sociology/SW/CJ courses: 45-54.

Total hours required for graduation: 120.

To complete the social work track:

 

 In addition to the required 27 hours, students will also be required to take:

 

 Students will complete an additional 15 hours of elective courses chosen from courses with a sociology, criminal justice, or social work prefix. A minimum of 9 hours must be at the upper division level

Total hours in the major: 57.

Total hours of sociology/SW/CJ courses: 42-51.

Total hours required for graduation: 120.

Political Science Major

The Political Science major at Tennessee Tech University is part of a 120 hour degree program with at least 36 of the required 120 hours at the upper division level (courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level).  The Political Science Major at Tennessee Tech University leads to the Bachelor of Science Degree and includes three tracks:  a Bachelor of Science in Political Science; a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies; and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Government.


The departmental requirements for the major consist of a total of 54 hours including:

Computer skills–

  • History–upper division course Credit 6.
  • Social Science, Criminal Justice, or Philosophy Electives Credit 6.
  • English-upper division course Credit 3. 

Total departmental requirements for the major: 54 hrs

 

Programs

Bachelor of Science