(38 credits)

Required Courses (20 Credits)
SOC100Intro To Sociology 3
SOC220Social Inequality in the United States 3
SOC303Sociological Theory 3
SOC306Research Methods 4
SOC307Social Statistics 4
SOC490Senior Seminar in Sociology 13
Electives (18 Credits)
Students are required to complete, by advisement, six (6) Sociology (SOC) electives. A student also may apply to the major a total of six (6) independent study credits.18
Total Credits38

Sociology Major with a Concentration in Human Services

(60 credits)

The Concentration in Human Services (CHS) is a comprehensive educational program that prepares students to work in human services. Graduates work with children, youth and adults who are disadvantaged or have special needs. They work in, for example, children’s homes, criminal justice agencies, runaway and domestic violence shelters, nursing homes, day treatment centers, and community-based residences. Graduates can also work in social justice and preventative settings and have gone on to graduate programs in fields such as social work, school and mental health counseling, law, special education, criminal justice, and international human rights. Some of the main features of the Concentration in Human Services are three supervised field education internships, staying together as a group throughout the educational process, and an emphasis on arts and recreation.

Applications for admission to the CHS are available in the Department of Sociology and on the Sociology website under the Concentration in Human Services. Applicants must be current or accepted SUNY New Paltz students and have completed 30 credits of college-level courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. CHS applications must be submitted by March 15 (for fall enrollment) or October 15 (for spring enrollment).

The Concentration in Human Services consists of courses offered consecutively during the student's junior and senior years. Students must take SOC350 Introduction to Human Services  prior to or as a co-requisite with SOC443 Human Services Theory and Practice I  and SOC480 Fieldwork in Human Services I. SOC350 Introduction to Human Services is offered fall, spring, and summer while SOC443 Human Services Theory and Practice I and SOC480 Fieldwork in Human Services I are offered in the spring semester only.

Required Sociology Courses (16 Credits)
SOC100Intro To Sociology 3
SOC220Social Inequality in the United States 3
SOC303Sociological Theory 3
SOC306Research Methods 4
SOC350Introduction to Human Services 3
Sociology Electives (12 Credits)
Each student must complete, by advisement, four (4) Sociology (SOC) electives.12
Concentration in Human Services Core (9 Credits)
SOC443Human Services Theory and Practice I 3
SOC444Human Services Theory and Practice II 3
SOC445Human Services Theory and Practice III (This is the Writing Intensive CHS capstone course in which students write a senior thesis.)3
Field Education Courses (12 Credits)
SOC480Fieldwork in Human Services I4
SOC481Fieldwork in Human Services II4
SOC482Fieldwork in Human Services III4
Arts and Recreation Courses (5 Credits)
Each student must complete, by advisement, two (2) approved courses in Arts & Recreation. 15
Cognate Courses (6 Credits)
Each student must complete, by advisement, two (2) courses in departments that offer courses related to human services. 26
Total Credits60

Sociology Major with a Concentration in Criminology

(50 credits)

The concentration in criminology is designed for students with a special interest in crime-related issues or who plan to pursue a career within the criminal justice system.

Required Sociology Courses (29 Credits)
SOC100Intro To Sociology 3
SOC220Social Inequality in the United States 3
SOC250Crime and Society 3
SOC303Sociological Theory 3
SOC306Research Methods 4
SOC307Social Statistics 4
SOC332Criminological Theory3
SOC494Fieldwork in Sociology 3
SOC490Senior Seminar in Sociology 13
Criminology Electives (6 Credits)
By advisement, select two (2) of the following:6
Social Problems in a Global Context
Juvenile Delinquency
Sociology of Violence
Deviant Behavior
Law and Social Issues
Drugs in American Society
Public Health and Social Policy
Seminar in Criminal Behavior
Fieldwork in Sociology
Sociology Electives (non-criminology) (9 Credits)
Each student must complete, by advisement, nine (9) credits of Sociology (SOC) electives not included among the Criminology electives.9
Cognate Courses (6 Credits)
Students are required to take six (6) credits in disciplines other than sociology that relate to crime or the criminal justice system. 26
Total Credits50