Department of Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sociology, and an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Our academic programs empower students to explore their interests, express their ideas, and experience the pride of uncovering new knowledge.

The Department of Social Sciences also offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in History, Political Science, and Social Studies Education. The department also supports minors in history, political science, humanities, and geography and provides several courses which meet general education requirements. It provides more specialized upper-level courses for those wishing to pursue careers related to history, political science, and social studies education.  Such education prepares students for graduate study and careers in teaching, law, military service, and other professions.


 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (580)

The study of criminal justice encompasses the policies of the criminal justice system, behavioral characteristics of victims, offenders, and practitioners, and the legal framework within which each operates. The department, through the criminal justice curriculum, provides instruction to students interested in careers in law enforcement, corrections, and associated fields as well as to students interested in graduate school or law school.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 44

II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Core Courses (27 hours)

CJ 1013, CJ 2013, CJ 2073, CJ 2113, CJ 2233, CJ 3003, CJ 3103, CJ 4033, and CJ 4133

B. Support Courses (15 hours)

At least 9 of these hours must be upper division CJ courses. The remaining 6 hours may be upper division CJ courses, or any other upper division hours. Departmental approval is required for use of lower division hours.

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IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS

(An Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice or an equivalent Associate degree may be used to satisfy the requirements for a minor. Otherwise, courses used to satisfy major requirements may not be used to satisfy minor requirements.)

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY (180)

Sociology is the study of social institutions, social change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study a broad range of topics, in addition to the dimensions of race, class, and gender and their impact upon the lives of people. Students who major in sociology learn to apply research skills and theoretical knowledge to understanding the challenging issues of our times. Sociology graduates may find employment in the fields of social services, business, criminal justice, health services, government services, and teaching.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 44

II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

(Sociology majors are required to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses with a SOCI prefix.)

A. Required Courses (18 hours)

SOCI 1113, SOCI 2013, SOCI 2223, SOCI 3123, SOCI 4213, and SOCI 4903*

*A grade of "C" or higher is required for SOCI 4903.

B. Electives (21 hours)

All courses selected must have SOCI prefix. A minimum of 15 hours must be 3000-4000 (upper division) level with no more than 6 hours at the 1000-2000 (lower division) level.

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IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS 18
V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


 

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (550)

The study of criminal justice encompasses the policies and processes of the criminal justice system, behavioral characteristics of victims, offenders and practitioners, and the legal framework within which each operates. The curriculum for this AAS degree focuses particularly upon the operations and impact of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice system. Successful completion of this program of study prepares graduates for entry level careers in law enforcement or corrections and/or for more advanced education.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Courses (18 hours)

ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213, COMM 1113, PS 1113, HIST 1483 or HIST 1493, SOCI 1113 or PSY 1113 or FAMS 1123

B. Approved General Education Electives (6 hours)

MATH 1413 or above or Biological or Physical science course (3 hours) and Humanities (3 hours)

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II. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Courses (15 hours)

CJ 1013, CJ 2013, CJ 2076, CJ 2113, CJ 2233

B. Specialization (18 hours)

Select either Law Enforcement or Corrections with Support Courses.

Law Enforcement Specialization

Law Enforcement courses (12 hours)

CJ 2001-3, CJ 2023, LE 2003, LE 2013, LE 2043, LE 2053, LE 2063, LE 2073

Support courses (6 hours)

CORR 2003, CORR 2023, CORR 2043, CORR 2053, CORR 2103

Corrections Specialization

Corrections courses (12 hours)

CJ 2001-3, CJ 2023, CORR 2003, CORR 2023, CORR 2043, CORR 2053, CORR 2103

Support courses (6 hours)

LE 2003, LE 2043, LE 2053, LE 2063, LE 2073

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III. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 64 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
MAJOR IN HISTORY (130)

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The History program requires specific courses for meeting General Education requirements in U.S. History as follows:

U.S. History - HIST 1483

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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Courses (21 hours)

HIST 1113, HIST 1123, HIST 1493, HIST 2113, HIST 2223, HIST 2133,* and HIST 4793*

*A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

B. U.S. History Upper Division Electives (12 hours)

1. U.S. History to 1865 (3 hours)HIST 4243, HIST 4253, HIST 4273, HIST 4283

2. U.S. History Since 1865 (3 hours)HIST 4293, HIST 4313, HIST 4323, HIST 4283

3. U.S. History Surveys/Oklahoma History (3 hours) -HIST 3333, HIST 3353, HIST 3013, HIST 4123, HIST 3113, HIST 3043, HIST 3133

4. Internship or Additional U.S. History (3 hours)HIST 3391-3, HIST 3483, HIST 49613, or One additional course from 1, 2, or 3 above.

(NOTE: HIST 4283 may only be counted once.)

C. Non U.S. History Upper Division Electives (9 hours)

1. Pre-Modern Non-U.S. History (3 hours)HIST 4413, HIST 4403, HIST 3033, HIST 3123, HIST 3233, HIST 3363, HIST 4353, HIST 4963

2. Modern Non-U.S. History (3 hours)HIST 3023, HIST 3243, HIST 4333, HIST 4373, HIST 4443, HIST 4473, HIST 49613

3. Additional Non-U.S. History (3 hours)HIST 33913, HIST 49713 or One additional course from 1 or 2 above.

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IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS 18
V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (162)

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  44

II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 39

A. Required Courses (9 hours)

PS 2113 and PS 2793 and PS 4683

B. Electives (30 hours)

At least three hours must be taken in each of the following five areas; the remaining fifteen hours may be selected from any or all of the areas and may include:

PS 3721-3, Internship in Political Science

Political Theory (3 hours)PS 2001‑3*, PS 2613, PS 3613, PS 3633, PS 4491‑3*, PS 4591‑3*,

Institutions and Processes (3 hours) - PS 2001‑3*, PS 2023, PS 3003, PS 3483, PS 3513, PS 3813, PS 4253, PS 4491‑3*, PS 4591‑3*

Politics and Behavior (3 hours)PS 2001‑3*, PS 2713, PS 3013, PS 3023, PS 3043, PS 3113, PS 4491‑3*, PS 4591‑3*

International Relations (3 hours)PS 2001‑3*, PS 3213, PS 3223, PS 4053, PS 4491‑3*, PS 4591‑3*

Comparative Government  (3 hours)PS 2001‑3*, PS 3333, PS 4023, PS 4043, PS 4491‑3*, PS 4591‑3*

*PS 2001‑3, PS 4491‑3, and PS 4591‑3 may each be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION (135)

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The Social Studies Education program requires specific courses for meeting General Education requirements in humanities, behavioral science, and economics as follows:

Humanities – HIST 2113 and Humanities-Aesthetics (3 hours)

Behavioral Science – PSY 1113

Economics – ECON 2013

U.S. History - HIST 1483

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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. History (30 hours)HIST 1113, HIST 1123, HIST 1493, HIST 2133, HIST 2223, HIST 3043, HIST 4773, U.S. History Electives (6 hours at 3000+ level); Non-U.S. History Electives (3 hours at 3000+ level)

B. Political Science (3 hours) - Political Science Elective (3 hours at 2000+ level)

C. Economics (3 hours) - Economics Elective (select one): ECON 2023, GEOG 3023

D. Geography (6 hours) - GEOG 2243 and GEOG 3213

E. Social Studies (3 hours)One 2000+ level course in PS, GEOG, ECON, HUM, or SOCI

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IV. REQUIRED EDUCATION COURSES

EDUC 1800, EDUC 3003, EDUC 3612*, EDUC 3673, EDUC 3733, EDUC 3753(R), EDUC 4313(R), EDUC 4653(R), EDUC 4965*(R), EDUC 4975*(R), and SPED 3103

*Courses taken in the professional semester.

(R)Restricted to students admitted to Teacher Education.

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Social Studies Education candidates must achieve a grade of C or better in all major core courses and required education courses to receive credit toward a degree. If a grade of D, F, or U is achieved, the course must be repeated.

Social Studies Education candidates must demonstrate foreign language proficiency (listening and speaking) at the novice-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency test or by taking a foreign language course.

Teacher Licensure/Certification

Student who complete the requirements for this degree and pass the state tests for certification in U.S. History/Oklahoma History/U.S. Government/Economics, World History/Geography, and/or Psychology/ Sociology will be eligible to apply for a standard teaching license.