Sociology & Criminal Justice



Sociology & Criminal Justice

» Major in Sociology

Major in Sociology

with Secondary Licensure

Sociology majors may prepare for licensure to teach sociology in secondary schools. Students should maintain close contact with the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice and Education to make sure they complete the requirements for the major and for teacher licensure by the State of Illinois.

Sociology Requirements
Education Requirements

Sociology Requirements
Students majoring in sociology seeking licensure to teach sociology at the secondary level are required to take a minimum of 10 courses, including nine courses in sociology plus an elementary statistics course. In addition, students must also complete courses in broadfield social studies. See Department of Education for a complete listing of broadfield courses. Majors are strongly encouraged to take courses at the 300 level where there is an option.

These courses must include the following required courses:

SOC 211 Society and the Individual–Introductory Sociology
SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 301 Social Problems
SOC 216/316 Society, Health and Illness or SOC 217/317 Marriage and the Family
SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System or SOC 408 Criminology
SOC 323 Methods of Social Research
SOC 424 Sociological Theory
SOC 440 Teaching Sociology in the Secondary School

One of the following five courses:
SOC 213/313 African Americans Through Film
SOC 214/314 The Elderly: Lifestyles and Issues
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
SOC 305 Sex and Gender in Society
SOC 310 Social Inequality
SOC 340 Gender and Crime

One of the following statistics courses should be taken before SOC 323:

PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists

All sociology courses must have a grade of C or better with a major grade-point average of 2.75 and an overall grade-point average of 2.75. Students are also required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to admission to the secondary licensure program. The social studies content area test (designation: sociology-anthropology) must be passed prior to student teaching. Passing the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching test) is required prior to licensure.

Education Requirements
Additional required education courses:

EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
SEC 200 Introductory Seminar to Teaching as a Caring Profession (.50 credit)
SEC 223 Education of PK-12 Learners with Exceptionalities
SEC 300 Intermediate Seminar for Teaching in Diverse and Inclusive Schools (.25 credit)
SEC 310 Methods and Best Practices in Middle and Secondary Education
SEC 311 Educational Psychology
SEC 421 Theory and Practice for Developing Academic Libraries in K-12 Classrooms
SEC 450 Advanced Seminar in Teacher Collaboration and Professional Practice (.25 credit)
SEC 455/457 Student Teaching in Secondary and Middle Schools (2.00 or 3.00 credits)


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