Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

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About the Program


This department supervises the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Sociology

In addition, the department participates in the Women's Studies, Community and Urban Studies, Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies, Family Life Studies, Religion Studies, and Asian Studies minor programs. The minimum number of hours required for majors in all baccalaureate programs in the department is a total of 120 hours.


 

Undergraduate Program


Sociology Program

Sociology is the study of groups in society and individuals in those groups. Areas of specialization and faculty expertise include criminology and delinquency, intimate relationships and families, race and ethnicity, inequality, gender, aging, social psychology, medical sociology, religion, social research methods, and social theory. A major or minor in sociology is beneficial to students planning careers in a variety of areas, including business, law, law enforcement, government, international development, medicine, and social services. The department also offers a criminology concentration for sociology majors who wish to specialize in this area. Courses in sociology fulfill core curriculum requirements in the social and behavioral sciences and multicultural core requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences and the university.

A student majoring in sociology must complete 30 hours in sociology, 24 of which must be upper-division courses (3000 or 4000). At least 6 hours of the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements must be upper-division. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. Core course requirements are as follows:

  • SOC 1301, 3391, and 3392.
  • Either SOC 3393 or 3394. Student expecting admission to graduate work in sociology should take both of these courses.

Criminology Concentration. Criminology is the sociological study of law-making, law-breaking, and social control. Sociology majors who wish to specialize in the study of criminology and receive the notation "Criminology Concentration" on their transcripts are required to complete the core course requirements for the sociology major plus the additional requirements as follows:

  • Two core courses, both of which must be taken: SOC 3327 and 4325.
  • Four alternate upper-division courses to be chosen from SOC 2333, 2335, 3326, 3333, 3335, 3368, 3383, 4327; ANTH 2308, 3303, 4320, 4343; PSY 4384.
  • Two upper-division SOC electives.

The sociology major with a concentration in criminology requires a total of 36 hours of sociology and/or approved courses in the above related areas.

Minor. Students minoring in sociology must complete 18 hours of sociology, including SOC 1301.

Students must receive a grade of C or better in each sociology course if they wish it to count toward a major or minor in sociology or in the criminology concentration.

The minimum prerequisite or co-requisite that is recommended for all advanced courses is SOC 1301 or consent of instructor, unless otherwise indicated in the course description.

Anthropology Program

The anthropology program reflects the broad scope of the discipline, including the three areas of archaeology, ethnology, and physical anthropology. International and/or regional field schools in all three areas are highlights of the curriculum, and well-equipped laboratory facilities support faculty and student research in all three subfields.

A student majoring in anthropology must complete 34 semester hours in anthropology, including 10 hours of introductory-level coursework, 3 hours of theory, 9 hours of foundational courses, and 12 hours of electives. The introductory courses include ANTH 2100, 2300, 2301, and 2302. All majors are required to take ANTH 3316 as the theory course. Students are also required to take a foundational course in each subfield: ANTH 3310 or 3311 (physical anthropology); ANTH 3339 (ethnology); and ANTH 3343, 3344, 3347, 3348, or 3350 (archaeology). The remaining 12 hours are upper-division elective courses within the program. Students must complete two writing intensive courses within the discipline. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. With prior departmental approval, 3 advanced hours in a related discipline may be counted toward the major. Anthropology majors must make a grade of C or better in each ANTH course. Up to 6 hours of individual studies and 6 hours of field courses may be credited to the major.

Forensic Anthropology Concentration. The department offers a concentration in forensic anthropology for students seeking the notation "Forensic Anthropology Concentration" on their transcripts. The concentration requires five 3-hour courses (15 hours) with a grade of C or better from the two following groups:

  • ANTH 3303, 3314, 4343 (required core courses)
  • One course chosen from ANTH 3350, 4320, 4341
  • One course chosen from ANTH 2308, 3350, 4320, 4341; GIST 3300; GEOG 3301 (if you have not already taken the course)

The anthropology major with a concentration in forensic anthropology requires a total of at least 34 hours of anthropology courses. Students must receive a grade of C or better in each course that counts toward the forensic anthropology concentration. The minimum prerequisites recommended for all advanced courses are ANTH 2100 and 2300 or consent of instructor.

Minor. A minor in anthropology consists of 18 hours, with at least 6 hours in upper-level courses. No more than 6 hours of transfer credit will be accepted for the minor. Students seeking a minor in anthropology must make a grade of C or better in each ANTH course.

Anthropology courses provide distribution credit in three areas of the core curriculum (language, philosophy, and culture; social and behavioral sciences; and life and physical sciences) as well as the university's multicultural requirement. In addition, anthropology courses fulfill a variety of humanities and social science requirements in other colleges of the university. Students in these colleges should check with advisors in their major departments to learn which anthropology courses fulfill their college and core curriculum requirements.

 

Social Work Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the corresponding national exam with the Association of Social Work Boards, one requirement for licensing in Texas and many other states. The curriculum is based on the generalist social work model, which is intended to prepare graduates for entry-level work in a wide variety of social work settings with diverse populations. For those interested in pursuing their social work education at the master's level, the bachelor's in social work provides the advantage of making the student eligible for advanced standing in most graduate schools of social work.

Social Work Major. Social work majors are expected to complete the core curriculum requirements of the university, the General Degree Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, 30 hours of structured social work classes (SW 1300, 2301,3311, 3312, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3339, 4311, 4340), the 6-hour social work field placement (SW 4611), an 18-hour minor, and the following adjunct requirements:

  • Human Biology (before or with SW 3312) – Choose BIOL 1402 or ANTH 2300/2100 or a combination of both BIOL 1403 and 1404 or a combination of both ZOOL 2403 and 2404.
  • Statistics or research methods (before SW 3339) – Choose SOC 3391, MATH 2300,or PSY 3400.

Freshmen can refer to the sample curriculum table for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work for an example of course sequencing, while more advanced students interested in the degree should keep in mind that at least four long semesters are required to complete the social work curriculum.

Candidacy in the Social Work Program. A student must apply and be approved for candidacy to be able to take social work practice courses (SW 3332, 3333, 4340, and 4611). Applications for candidacy will be reviewed by the social work faculty to ensure that the student is in good standing (refer to the section below) and has completed SW 1300, 2301, 3311and 3312 with a grade of C or better in each and at least a 2.5 GPA in SW classes.

Good Standing. Students may continue as social work majors as long as they remain in good standing. To remain in good standing, the student must:

  • Demonstrate compatibility with the social work profession. Compatibility is reflected in respect for social work ethical standards and values.
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the social work profession. Potential for success is reflected in the ability to retain social work knowledge and perform social work skills at a level appropriate for progress in the program.
  • Demonstrate a high level of engagement in social work classes. A highly engaged student misses class rarely, pays attention to the class lecture and activities, participates in discussion and group work, completes all readings, and spends an appropriate level of effort and length of time on assignments.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in social work (SW) courses.

These behaviors demonstrate to the faculty (the profession's gatekeepers) the level of a student's interest and dedication to social work, as well as professionalism. Failure to remain in good standing may prevent a student from progressing further in the program, as well as applying for scholarships or filling student positions within the program.

Social Work Field Placement. The field experience allows students to demonstrate their abilities to assess client systems and to apply generalist skills with populations at risk across micro, mezzo, and macro systems. It is a 400-hour, closely supervised individual experience in a social agency selected and certified by the social work program.

An Application for Field Experience must be completed prior to the field placement. Some field sites may have additional requirements, such as background checks or medical testing. Students should refer to the Social Work Student Handbook for additional details about the placement process. Professional liability insurance is required during the field placement and payment is the responsibility of the student.

Transfer Students and Transfer Credit. Under the Texas Common Course Numbering System, the College of Arts and Sciences and the social work program typically accept the equivalent of SW 2301, 3311, and 3312 for transfer, especially if from a CSWE-accredited program. However, transfer credit for SW 3331, 4311, 4340, and 4611 will not be accepted. Requests for transfer credit for all other social work courses will be considered on an individual basis. It is the intention of the social work program to avoid repetition of foundational courses taken through CSWE-approved programs. The program will typically accept up to 9 hours of transfer credit for social work courses.

No Credit for Life Experience. The social work program does not give credit for work or other life experiences.

Social Work Minor. The purpose of the social work minor is to provide an understanding of social work knowledge, values, and perspective. Minors are not eligible for social work licensing upon graduation nor are they given advanced standing status in social work graduate programs. The minor in social work consists of SW 1300, 2301, 3311, 3312, 3331,and either 3339 or 4311(note that SW 3339 has a prerequisite).

For further information, contact Laura Lowe, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of the Social Work Program, at laura.lowe@ttu.edu or refer to the Social Work Student Handbook (www.depts.ttu.edu/socialwork)

CURRICULUM TABLES

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Concentration in Forensic Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work


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Graduate Program


The department offers graduate degrees in all three programs: Master of Arts in Sociology, Master of Arts in Anthropology and Master of Social Work (M.S.W.). In sociology and anthropology, the master of arts (M.A.) degree programs are designed to provide broad training for students who wish to enter a Ph.D. program, prepare for undergraduate or community college teaching, or pursue a nonteaching career for which master's-level training is appropriate and useful. Both programs emphasize training in basic theory and methods. The M.S.W. is a professional degree program that prepares students for advanced social work practice.

Admission. General admission requirements are those established by the Graduate School. The best preparation is an undergraduate major in the same field or equivalent. However, students from other fields are also encouraged to apply. More specific information regarding admission procedures or other aspects of the graduate programs may be obtained from the sociology, anthropology, or social work graduate advisor or the department website.

Sociology Program

Decisions on the program of study, specific courses, and thesis topics are made through consultation with the graduate advisor and other faculty members as appropriate on the basis of the student's background, interests, and objectives.

Coursework. The sociology program provides coursework specialization in such areas as family, criminology and deviance, social psychology, minority relations, demography, urban problems, medical sociology, and gerontology. Six of the 36 required hours may be taken as a minor outside the department. Selection of a minor requires approval of the graduate committee. In lieu of a foreign language, each student is required to demonstrate proficiency in computer analysis of data. A grade of B or better is required for graduate credit.

Thesis, Non-Thesis Options. Students in the sociology program may select the thesis option or non-thesis option. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students who plan to continue their graduate studies by applying to a doctoral program. Students choosing the thesis plan in sociology are required to take 30 hours of coursework (including two required courses in theory and two in methods) plus 6 hours of thesis credit. They are also required to complete a thesis that is acceptable to the student's departmental thesis committee and demonstrate proficiency in a computer language. Students may petition the Graduate Committee to substitute another organized course from within the department for one of the required theory and/or methods courses. Students choosing the non-thesis plan are required to take 36 hours of coursework (including one course in theory, two courses in methods, and 3 hours of SOC 5331). They are also required to complete a paper on a topic related to their professional interests that is acceptable to the student's departmental committee.

Assessment. In the sociology program, a final examination is required. The final examination in the thesis plan involves at least one of the various areas in sociology listed above. Students may present at two conferences in lieu of taking the final exam. In the non-thesis plan the examination includes coursework taken, work experience outside the department, and the topic of the formal paper.

Anthropology Program

Decisions on the program of study, specific courses, and thesis topics are made through consultation with the graduate advisor and other faculty members as appropriate on the basis of the student's background, interests, and objectives.

Coursework. The anthropology curriculum requires 9 hours of core courses in the following three subfields: archaeology, physical anthropology, and ethnology. Students are required to take ANTH 5305 (ethnology core), ANTH 5341 (archaeology core), and either ANTH 5311 or 5312 (physical core). Thirty-six total hours of graduate credit are required, including 21 hours of elective courses. The elective courses may include a 6-hour minor or courses outside of anthropology. Students, in consultation with the graduate advisor, will also elect the thesis or non-thesis option for 6 hours of graduate credit. A grade of B or better is required to receive graduate credit for a course. Coursework is planned in consultation with the graduate advisor or thesis director soon after admission to the graduate program.

Thesis Option.Students in the anthropology program are strongly encouraged to write a thesis, particularly if they plan to continue their studies in a doctoral program. Students choosing this option are required to take 30 hours of coursework (including 12 core hours and 18 elective hours) plus 6 hours of thesis credit. The thesis is based on original research done in consultation with the thesis advisor. Students must submit a thesis prospectus prior to initiating their research and must defend the completed thesis to the department before the thesis may be submitted to the Graduate School.

Non-Thesis Option. Students choosing the non-thesis option are required to take 36 hours of coursework (including 12 core hours, 18 elective hours, and 6 additional hours of electives). In addition to the coursework requirement, students must choose a three-person committee (two of these faculty must be in the anthropology program) to administer a three-day exit examination in their final semester.

Master of Social Work Program

To complete a graduate degree in social work, students will follow one of four possible tracks. Those with standard admission will complete 59 hours of graduate credit, including 900 field placement hours, and can begin only in the fall semester. Full-time students on the standard track can complete the program in two years, while part-time students should be finished in four years.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in social work from a program that was accredited (or approved by) the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for advanced admission status. In this track, students will complete 32 hours of graduate credit, including 500 field placement hours, and can only begin the program in the summer. Full-time students on the advanced track can complete the program in one full calendar year, while part-time students should be finished in two years.

For further information, contact Helen Morrow, Ph.D., LCSW, MSW Program Director, at helen.morrow@ttu.edu or refer to the program website (www.depts.ttu.edu/socialwork).

 

Course Descriptions


Anthropology (ANTH)
Social Work (SW)
Sociology (SOC)

 

Faculty


Alphabetical listing of all TTU faculty and their academic credentials.

 

Brett A. Houk, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: Dunn, Koch, Paine, Roberts, Williams
Associate Professors: Bradatan, Dunham, Elbow, Houk, Lowe, Morrow, Ramirez, Schneider, Smithey, Walter
Assistant Professors: Flores-Yeffal, Jordan, Maloney
Assistant Professors of Practice: Lindquist, Phelps


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