Social Sciences Majors

Liberal Arts, Sociology Minor

The Liberal Arts major with a minor in sociology is designed to foster an understanding of group behaviors and the social context from which much of human behavior emerges. You’ll have the opportunity to enroll in a wide selection of courses within the discipline of sociology, including internship opportunities in community agencies, self-directed independent studies, and foreign study programs.

Working with your faculty advisor, you'll design a program of study based on your interests and academic needs. With dozens of courses to choose from, you'll find that the Liberal Arts major affords you exceptional flexibility in scheduling and meeting the major’s academic requirements.

The Liberal Arts major is attainable in its entirety in Grand View’s daytime programs and its College for Professional and Adult Learning. Courses for the major are regularly scheduled on Saturday mornings at Grand View and the Camp Dodge satellite campus. These multiple scheduling options make the Liberal Arts major especially convenient for adult learners who are trying to complete their degree while also balancing the demands of family and career.

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Courses and Requirements

Departmental Courses in the Core:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Cross-Cultural Perception and Communication
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Problems
  • Cultural Anthropology

Requirements for the Major: 42 semester credits including a common core of 12 credits and 30 additional credit hours on one of two concentrations.

Common Core Courses Required of All Liberal Arts Majors:

  • Survey of Western Civilization to 1660
  • Survey of Western Civilization from 1660 to Present OR
  • Introduction to the Humanities I
  • Introduction to the Humanities II  AND
  • Independent Study AS NEEDED OR
  • Internship AS NEEDED
  • The Grand View Capstone: Knowledge in Social Context

Sociology Concentration:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Problems
  • Criminology

15 semester hours chosen from the following:

  • Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Aging in Contemporary America
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Small Group Dynamics
  • Special Topics AS NEEDED
  • OR other upper division SOCS courses approved by the department chair

Sociology Electives:

  • Cross-Cultural Perception and Communication
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Marriage and Family
  • Indians of North America
  • Strange and Deviant Groups
  • Crime and the Media
  • Gangs
  • Women and Crime
  • Serial Killers
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • The Sociology of the Weird and Bizarre
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Family Law
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Divorce in America
  • Human Sexuality
  • Topics in Nonviolence
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Sociological Theory
  • Senior Seminar

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE