Students may choose either a 45-credit major or a 60-credit major. In order to graduate, a student who completes the 45-credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline.
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)
(NOTE: Students admitted to the sociology major cannot also have a sociology minor; however, they may have a social services minor. Likewise, students admitted to the social services major cannot also have a social services minor, but they may have a sociology minor.)
Students are recommended to take SOC 363 before taking SOC 364.
Sociology Core Credits: 21
Select one course from each of the following categories - Credits: 15
Deviance, Law and Social Control
Inequality and Social Change
Social Structure and Institutions
Sociology Total Credits: 36
Approved Electives in Sociology - Credits: 9-11
A maximum of 5 credits of 100-level electives and up to 5 credits of 200-level electives may be counted toward the major. PSY 363, Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods are an approved elective.
Total Credits: 45
In order to graduate, a student who completes the 45 credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline.
Sociology Department Information
College of the Sciences
Farrell Hall, room 409
Mail Stop 7545
See website for how sociology may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Delores (Kandee) Cleary, PhD
Laura L. Appleton, PhD, sex and gender, death and dying, sociology of religion
Delores Cleary, PhD, criminology, the life-course, American society, minorities, ethnic studies, American Indian issues
Kirk A. Johnson, PhD, Dean, college of the sciences, criminology, delinquency, victimization, organizations, methods
Nelson Pichardo, PhD, ethnic studies, social movements
Eric Cheney, PhD, deviance and social control, economic sociology, organizations, statistics and urban sociology
Judith Hennessy, PhD, social welfare and poverty, gender, sociology of work, sociology of family
Michael Harrod, PhD, social psychology, criminology theory, intimate partner violence, statistics, research methods
Michael Mulcahy, PhD, political sociology, political economy, organizations, theory
Tracey Hoover, PhD, gender and identity, feminist movements and theory, family and socialization, and media
Pamela McMullin-Messier, PhD, demography, aging, collective action, social justice, environmental studies, family, gender, and sexuality
Sarah Samblanet, PhD, social inequality, statistics, gender
Griff Tester, PhD, gender, social inequality, aging, health
Kelly Zakel-Larson, secretary supervisor
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.
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.
Students are required to have a 2.3 cumulative grade point average for all majors.
Honors in Sociology and
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
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
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
College of the Sciences Information
Administration and Organization
Tim Englund, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Mike Harrod (Dean Hall, room 130)
Martha Kurtz, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Brad Weekly, development officer
Velma Henry, administrative assistant
Cindy Klein, fiscal specialist
Janis Orthmann, administrative assistant
Colleen Falconer, program coordinator
Dannica Price, event coordinator
Mail Stop 7519
The College of the Sciences (COTS) is comprised of 13 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs representing disciplines in the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, and mathematics. The departments and programs of the college offer undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, minors that supplement other degree programs, and a comprehensive range of service coursework. As an essential part of its mission, the college offers an extensive general education curriculum. The departments play a major role in Central’s Teacher Certification Programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific content and methods.
Departments within the college are committed to teaching excellence, active engagement by faculty in research, scholarship and professional service activities, student involvement in research, community service, and employing practical applications of academic specializations.
All departments offer baccalaureate degree programs and, in some cases, minors, educational specialist degrees and master’s degrees. In addition to consulting department/program headings in this catalog, students are encouraged to contact individual departments and program offices directly.
Anthropology and Museum Studies: Kathleen Barlow, PhD, Dean Hall, room 356, 509-963-3201
Biological Sciences: James Johnson, PhD, Science Building, room 338, 509-963-2731
Chemistry: Levente Fabry-Asztalos, PhD, Science Building, room 302, 509-963-2811
Computer Science: Aaron Montgomery, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 219, 509-963-1495
Geography: John Bowen, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
Geological Sciences: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
Law and Justice: James Huckabay, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 300, 509-963-3208
Mathematics: Stuart Boersma, PhD, Bouillon Hall, room 108, 509-963-2103
Physics: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Lind Hall, room 201A, 509-963-2727
Political Science: Todd Schaefer, PhD, Psychology Building, room 415, 509-963-2408
Psychology: Stephanie Stein, PhD, Psychology Building, room 421, 509-963-2381
Science Education: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Science Building, room 107, 509-963-2929
Sociology: Delores Cleary, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 409, 509-963-1305
These programs offer specialized coursework, interdisciplinary baccalaureate majors or minors, master’s degrees or research, and public service functions.
American Indian Studies: Toni Culjak, PhD, Language and Literature, room 408D, 509-963-1531
Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education: Martha Kurtz, PhD, Dean Hall, room 130, 509-963-2135
Environmental Studies: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
or Pam McMullin-Messier, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 441, 509-963-2222
Ethnic Studies: Nelson Pichardo, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 440, 509-963-1348
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences: Steve Schepman, PhD, Psychology Building, room 429, 509-963-2389
Museum of Culture and Environment: Mark Auslander, PhD, Dean Hall, room 334, 509-963-3209
Primate Behavior and Ecology Program: Lori Sheeran, PhD, Dean Hall, room 335, 509-963-1434
Resource Management Program: Karl Lillquist, PhD, Dean Hall, room 319, 509-963-1184
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Lucinda Carnell, PhD, Science, room 338G, 509-963-2821
Women’s and Gender Studies: Judith Hennessey, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 436, 509-963-1574
Affiliated Centers and Institutes
Center for Spatial Information and Research: Anthony Gabriel, PhD, Dean Hall, room 320, 509-963-1166
Center for the Environment: Anne Johnasen, PhD, Science, room 207D, 509-963-2164
Central Washington Archaeological Survey, Anthropology: Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, Dean Hall, room 340, 509-963-2075
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Community Counseling and Psychological Assessment Center: Heath Marrs, PhD, Psychology Building, room 346, 509-963-2349
or Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, Psychology Building, room 118, 509-963-2371
Geodesy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) Data Analysis Facility: Tim Melbourne, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 110A, 509-963-2799
Health Career Resources: Keith Monosky, PhD, Dorothy Purser Hall, room 108, 509-963-1145