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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Department

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College of the Sciences
Samuelson, room 201
Mail Stop 7545
Fax: 509-963-1308
See website for how sociology may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Pamela McMullin-Messier, PhD

Eric Cheney, PhD, deviance and social control, economic sociology, organizations, statistics and urban sociology
Delores Cleary, PhD, criminology, the life-course, American society, minorities, ethnic studies, American Indian issues
Judith Hennessy, PhD, social welfare and poverty, gender, sociology of work, sociology of family
Nelson Pichardo, PhD, ethnic studies, social movements
Griff Tester, PhD, gender, social inequality, aging, health

Associate Professors
Michael Harrod, PhD, social psychology, criminology theory, intimate partner violence, statistics, research methods
Pamela McMullin-Messier, PhD, demography, aging, collective action, social justice, environmental studies, family, gender, and sexuality

Assistant Professors
Nikolas Summers, PhD, stats, methods, inequality
Baiqing (Cythnia) Zhang, PhD, criminology, statics

Tracey Hoover, PhD, gender and identity, feminist movements and theory, family and socialization, media, religion
Connie Robinson, PhD, historical sociology, political sociology, social movements, race, ethnicity and nation
Jessica Strawn, MA, criminology and communities, juvenile rehabilitation, social welfare

Kelly Zakel-Larson, secretary supervisor

Department Information
The Department of Sociology provides opportunities for students to understand the conceptual and methodological tools used by sociologists to understand society. Students will be encouraged to: 1) see society as concrete day-to-day behavior of human beings; 2) grasp the relationship between history, society, and the individual’s life; 3) realize that social patterns are tools for the accomplishment of human ends and not necessarily unalterable facts of life; and 4) develop the ability to critically analyze social phenomena.

Department Standards
Students who major in sociology and social services are required to register with the department, at which time an advisor will be selected. In order to develop a program of study, students are required to meet once a quarter with their advisor. Further information on specific courses, the faculty, and career opportunities are available in the department office.

Exit Requirements
Students are required to have a 2.3 cumulative grade point average for all majors.

Honors in Sociology and
Social Services

1. The sociology department’s honors program is designed for students who wish to explore a particular research problem in depth.

2. Admission to the program

     The student must:

      (a)  Have a 3.50 or higher cumulative GPA in sociology courses
      (b)  Be at least a junior
      (c)  Have a faculty member sponsorship; the faculty member would submit student’s name to the department for admission

3. Requirements

     The student is required to:

      (a)  Maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA in sociology coursework (including any approved outside electives) applied to the sociology degree
      (b)  Enroll in SOC 495 beginning fall quarter of the senior year (minimum of 10 credits over the course of that year)
      (c)  Complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty
      (d)  Participate in a public presentation of the research project (such as SOURCE, a professional conference, or other departmental-approved venues)

4.Those who fail to maintain a 3.5 GPA in the major, or who fail to participate in a public presentation will not receive honors.

Sociology Core Requirements
Required Courses
SOC 107 - Principles of Sociology     5
SOC 350 - Social Theory I     5
SOC 363 - Methods of Social Research     5
SOC 364 - Data Analysis in Sociology    5
SOC 489 - Senior Seminar    1
Sociology Core Total Credits: 21

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/sociology or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Minor


      Ethnic Studies (ETS)Sociology (SOC)

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