Department of Sociology and Family Studies

Areas of Academic Concentration and Certificate Programs in Sociology

Academic Concentrations Within Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers the following areas of academic concentration for students with specific interests in gerontology and criminology. The areas of concentration are designed so they can be completed as part of the normal progression through the electives associated with the Sociology major or minor. Completion of the concentration requirements will be noted on academic transcripts.

Although we offer these concentrations, they are not a graduation requirement. Please visit with your academic advisor if you would like additional information about academic concentrations.

Requirements for the Gerontology Concentration

Please contact Dr. Jerri Bullard at 765-4531 for information concerning our Certificate in Gerontology Program.

COURSES (the following 12 hours come from the required 15 hrs. of electives within the Sociology major or minor) CREDIT
Medical Sociology (SO 307) 3
Aging and Society (SO 308) 3
Death and Dying (SO 309) 3
Gerontology (SO 403) 3

Requirements for the Criminology Concentration

COURSES (the following 12 hours come from the required 15 hrs. of electives within the Sociology major or minor) CREDIT
Juvenile Delinquency (SO 306) 3
Criminology (SO 323) 3
Theories of Deviance (SO 400) and 3
Law and Society (SO 430) 3


Certificate in Family Life Education

Please contact Dr. Amber Paulk at 765-4855 for information concerning our Certificate in Family Life Education.

*The Program Brochure is available as an Adobe PDF document.  

The Department of Sociology offers a certificate program entitled Certified Family Life Education (CFLE). This certificate is offered to both degree seeking students as well as community persons seeking professional/personal advancement. Non-degree seeking students will be admitted to the University via established admission guidelines.  The certificate is designed to prepare students to work in a wide variety of professional fields that promote healthy family functioning, such as community-based social services, early childhood education, faith-based organizations, family intervention, government and public policy, family and consumer resource services, and health care and family wellness.  The certificate is comprised of 27 hours of coursework and 3 hours of field practice.  You can also obtain more details about the certificate at the NCFR website

Requirements for a Certificate in Family Life Education (*Click here to download the official checklist of courses for CFLE)



SO/WS 223 – Marriage & Family


HES 443– Family Development


ED 299 - Human Growth and Development


HPE 406 – Human Sexuality OR

SO 300 – Sociology of Gender and Sexual Behavior


SO/WS 443 - Social Psychology of Intimate Relationships OR PY 450 - Psychology of Close Relationships 


HES 375 - Management and Economic Problems of the Consumer OR

HES 463 - Home and Family Management


SO 301 – Parenting & Socialization


SO 430 – Law & Society OR

SW 305 – Social Welfare: Policies and Services


FS/HES 401Family Life Education


SO 495– Internship in Sociological Practice