Dr. Vickie Luttrell
Chair of Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: (417) 873-7254

Sociology Major

The department of behavioral sciences focuses on the disciplines of sociology, criminology and psychology. A primary goal of this department is to help students function as effective, informed global citizens. To this end, the principles of human behavior are presented within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts educational program. Sociology, criminology and psychology address different dimensions of human behavior that can be integrated to form a comprehensive view of the human condition.

Sociology involves the systematic study of behavior in human social systems, varying from small groups to large societies. In addition to course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should complete the requirements to gain a Recognition in Scientific Analysis.

Students should complete all 100- and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status). All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses:

SOCI 101: Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 109: Scientific Writing
SOCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 201: Sociology of the Family
SOCI 202: Global Studies Problems
SOCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
SOCI 336: Development of Sociological Theory
SOCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
SOCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II
SOCI 400: Social Stratification
SOCI 493: Senior Seminar
SOCI 380, 480: Undergraduate Internship Experience

Choose two courses from the following electives:
SOCI 303 Animals and Society
SOCI 306: Social Movements

SOCI 308: Qualitative Research Methods
SOCI 316: Minority Groups

SOCI 321: Deviance & Social Control
SOCI 325: Political Sociology
SOCI 330: Society and Culture in the Andes
SOCI 332: Juvenile Delinquency
SOCI 339: Ethical Dilemmas in the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 343 Fundamentals of Research
SOCI 347: Medical Sociology

SOCI 357: Psychology of Adulthood
SOCI 360: Human Ecology
SOCI 362: Sociology of Religion
SOCI 370: Human Sexuality
SOCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
SOCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
SOCI 475: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 475-L: Advanced Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 390, 490: Selected Topics (1-3 credit hours)
SOCI 391, 392,491, 492: Research

Courses used as electives for one behavioral science major or minor (criminology, psychology or sociology) may not also satisfy elective requirements for another behavioral science major or minor.

Students majoring in the behavioral sciences (criminology, psychology, and/or sociology) are required to complete at least six hours of course work in the natural sciences.

Choose one of the following options: 
Option I
Select six hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu

Option II
Select three hours of coursework from the Science and Discovery Menu


Choose one course from the following:
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
ENVR 326: Environmental and Community Health
PSYC 346: Heatlh Psychology
PSYC 347: Medical Sociology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology