Welcome to Your Major: Sociology and Criminology at Old Westbury
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Information about the requirements to complete the majors in Sociology and Criminology at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Information about the requirements to complete the majors in Sociology and Criminology at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

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  • Elective classes not listed here, as there are so many; please consult catalogue.
  • Elective classes not listed here, as there are so many; please consult catalogue.
  • Elective classes not listed here, as there are so many; please consult catalogue.
  • Elective classes not listed here, as there are so many; please consult catalogue.

Welcome to Your Major: Sociology and Criminology at Old Westbury Welcome to Your Major: Sociology and Criminology at Old Westbury Presentation Transcript

  • During your time here at SUNY College at Old Westbury, you will be introduced to the thoughts and perspectives of key thinkers and practitioners of the sociological tradition.
  • Why study sociology, or criminology? An answer is provided by C. Wright Mills (1916-1962), who was an important sociologist of modern times:
  • Students should be aware that the Department is devoted to helping you develop your critical, sociological mindset throughout your academic career. Here is our stated Mission: The Sociology Department provides students with a liberal arts education based on a sociological understanding of human behavior, culture, and society through scientific inquiry. Our majors in Sociology and Criminology provide a foundation for intellectual development and civic responsibility in a diverse society, and require every student to complete an original thesis based on primary research. Students who complete either of our majors will have successfully demonstrated: * competence in core sociological theories and intellectual traditions * proficiency in methodological and analytical techniques * an understanding of the social forces that shape interaction and behavior * high levels of critical analysis, reasoning, and written communication The Department’s faculty are committed to preparing students from every background for graduate degree programs, as well as for careers in teaching, social work, law, and a variety of research and other professional endeavors. -- Adopted by the Sociology Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury, Spring 2011 View slide
  • Sociology Majors falling under the pre-Fall 2012 catalog must fulfill to the following requirements: Must satisfy College requirements for graduation [120 Credits total]. 10 courses [= 40 credits] within the Sociology Department must be completed to graduate with a B.A. (90 liberal arts credits) or B.S. (60 liberal arts credits) in Sociology. Up to 3 courses [an Intro. Course, plus 2 others: either two electives, or another Foundation Course and an elective] may be satisfied by transfer credit. A student must have earned a B+ or better in a transferred Foundation Course to receive credit for View slide
  • Older Catalog Requirements: Foundation Courses: SY 1500: Introductory Sociology SY 4530: Sociological Theory I SY 4500: Cross Cultural Analysis SY 4540: Sociological Theory II (now referred to as Global Sociology ) SY 4520: Methods of Sociological SY 5990: Senior Seminar in Research (now Research Sociology Methods I )
  • Older Catalog Requirements: Sociological Theory I and Theory II may not be taken together in the same semester, as Theory I is a prerequisite for Theory II. To enroll in SY 5990 [Senior Seminar], students must be seniors [88 credits], and have completed and earned a C or better in both SY 4520 [Methods] and SY 4530 [Theory I], and one additional Foundation Course, prior to registering for the Senior Seminar.] A minimum grade of C or higher is required for courses counted towards the major. (NOTE: a Cgrade will not count towards the major.)
  • Sociology Majors falling under the NEW 2012-2014 catalog must fulfill to the following requirements: Must satisfy College requirements for graduation [120 Credits total]. 10 courses [= 40 credits] within the Sociology Department must be completed to graduate with a B.A. (90 liberal arts credits) or B.S. (60 liberal arts credits) in Sociology. Up to 3 courses [an Intro. Course, plus 2 others: either two electives, or another Foundation Course and an elective] may be satisfied by transfer credit. A student must have earned a B+ or better in a transferred Foundation Course to receive credit for
  • New Catalog Requirements, 2012-2014: Foundation Courses: SY 1500: Introductory Sociology Sociological Theory I SY 4520: Research Methods I Sociological Theory II SY 4570: Research Methods II Seminar in SY 4530: SY 4540: SY 5990: Senior Sociology And, a ‘Cross Cultural Component’ Course, satisfied by any one of the following: CR 3094, Drugs and Society; CR 3200, Crime, Media & Culture; SY 3700, Family and Society; SY 4160, Sociology of Culture; SY 4320, Population and Society; SY 4500, Global Sociology; SY 4651, Sociology of Communications and
  • New Catalog Requirements, 2012-2014: Sociological Theory I and Theory II may not be taken together in the same semester, as Theory I is a prerequisite for Theory II. Research Methods I and II cannot be taken in the same semester, and Methods I must be taken prior to Methods II. To enroll in SY 5990 [Senior Seminar], students must be seniors [with 100 credits], and have completed and earned a C or better in both SY 4530 [Theory I] and SY 4540 [Theory II], and both SY 4520 [Methods I] and SY 4570 [Methods II]. A minimum grade of C or higher is required for courses counted towards the major. (NOTE: a C- grade will not count towards the major.) **Students may not repeat, more than once, any Sociology/ Criminology course used to fulfill their major requirements.**
  • Criminology Majors falling under the pre-Fall 2012 catalog must fulfill to the following requirements: Must satisfy College requirements for graduation [120 Credits total]. 10 courses [= 40 credits] within the Sociology Department must be completed to graduate with a B.S. in Criminology. Up to 3 courses [an Intro. course, plus 2 others: either two electives, or another Foundation Course and an elective] may be satisfied by transfer credit. A student must have earned a B+ or better in a transferred Foundation Course to receive credit for the course. [Must be from a 4-year accredited
  • Older Catalog Requirements: Foundation Courses: SY 1500: Introductory Sociology Sociological Theory I CR 1500: Introductory Criminology of Crime SY 4500: Cross Cultural Analysis Seminar in SY 4520: Methods of Sociological Sociology Research SY 4530: CR 4550: Theories SY 5990: Senior
  • Older Catalog Requirements: Sociological Theory I and Theories of Crime may not be taken together in the same semester, as Theory I is a prerequisite for Theories of Crime. To enroll in SY 5990 [Senior Seminar], students must be seniors [88 credits], and have completed and earned a C or better in both SY 4520 [Methods] and SY 4530 [Theory I], and one additional Foundation Course, prior to registering for the course.] A minimum grade of C or higher is required for
  • Criminology Majors falling under the NEW 2012-2014 catalog must fulfill to the following requirements: Must satisfy College requirements for graduation [120 Credits total]. 10 courses [= 40 credits] within the Sociology Department must be completed to graduate with a B.S. in Criminology. Up to 3 courses [an Intro. Course: Intro. Sociology and/or Intro. Criminology; plus, 1 other class: either a suitable elective, or another Foundation Course] may be satisfied by transfer credit. A student must have earned a B+ or better in a transferred Foundation Course to receive credit for the course.
  • New Catalog Requirements, 2012-2014: Foundation Courses: SY 1500: Introductory Sociology Sociological Theory I CR 1500: Introductory Criminology of Crime SY 2600: Social Deviance Senior Seminar in SY 4520: Research Methods I Sociology SY 4570: Research Methods II SY 4530: CR 4550: Theories SY 5990:
  • New Catalog Requirements, 2012-2014: Sociological Theory I is not, in the new catalog, a prerequisite for Theories of Crime. However, students are advised by the Department to avoid taking two theory courses in one semester, as this could be overwhelming to the student. To have Senior Standing in Criminology, students must be seniors [100 credits]; satisfied College-wide requirements of English and Math skills; and, have completed and passed all foundation courses (SY 2600, SY 4520, SY 4530, SY 4570, and CR 4550) AND at least one 4000-level elective with a grade of C or better. A minimum grade of C or higher is required for courses counted towards the major. (NOTE: a C- grade will not count towards the major.)
  •  Social Work  Environmental Studies  Pre-Law Studies  Public Policy  Media & Communications  Please see the College Catalog for details about Requirements for these Minors!
  • “The Seven Liberal Arts, ruled over by philosoph The General Education Program at SUNY College Old y” Westbury is divided into several different knowledge areas. Students must meet both Math and English Proficiencies. Further, courses must be taken to satisfy all of the following knowledge areas:
  • Courses must be taken in the following areas: Domains/Knowledge Areas Creativity and the Arts Western Tradition American Experience Major Cultures Foreign Language Natural Science (with lab) plus one course for each of the following: Humanities Social Science Diversity that in the course of completing your major, some of the General Education areas will be filled. Theory I [SY 4530] satisfies the ‘Western Tradition,’ while Cross Cultural Analysis (Global Sociology) [SY 4500] fulfills ‘Major Cultures.’ The ‘Social Science’ area is also easily filled [i.e., Intro. Sociology SY 2500], and the Department also has several electives that will satisfy the Diversity requirement.
  • IN ADDITION: There are Math and English requirements that are part of General Education. Students should meet these requirements as soon as possible, in order to ensure moving through either the Sociology or Criminology major on-time. For example, you MUST have completed College Algebra before enrolling in a Methods course. You must also meet College Proficiency in English (English Comp. I & II) before enrolling in 4000-level courses.
  • Always remember that you are part of a program: think of the connections between the courses that you are taking in your Major! You are learning important perspectives that will allow you to think critically, not just in terms of future employment, but also in your life.
  • Read Question Write Enhance Your Education at SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • (Putting the Pieces Together) *Remember the Requirements for Your Major *Remember the Requirements for the General Education Program **Here are the instructions for obtaining your Degree Evaluation: *Access Your Degree Evaluation On-Line: https://my.oldwestbury.edu Enter User ID and Password Select Student Services Tab Select Degree Evaluation Select the Most Current Term, and ‘Submit’ Scroll to Bottom of Page and Select ‘Generate New Evaluation’ Select Detail Requirement, and ‘Submit’
  • Anyone may seek an advising appointment. First-year and transfer students should especially see a Sociology Department Faculty member! Please be prepared with any necessary advising forms: advising will go smoothly, if you provide your Degree Evaluation, and you have filled out a form with a list of courses that fit your schedule!
  • By accessing your course information via ‘myoldwestbury,’ you will be able to see what books are required for your classes. Such information must be provided by law. As long as the information has been submitted, then you have the opportunity to prepare yourself for book purchases in advance of the first class. Professors will order books into the Campus Bookstore, but knowledge of what books are required can allow you to avoid delays at the beginning of the semester!
  • •120 Credits to graduate the University •Completed the requirements of your Major •Satisfied the General Education requirements •Fulfilled English and Math proficiences •Have a 2.0 GPA or greater •45 Credits have to be at OR above the 3000 level! [This is the last section on the Degree Evaluation.]
  • Better Understanding of Business, Industry, & Organizations How do sociological variables such as race, ethnicity, social class, etc. affect organizations and government? Sociology and Criminology ‘Applied Sociology’ Or, go on to Graduate School for further study and to pursue your own research and teaching!
  • •Now is the time to be thinking about graduate or professional school for Fall 2014!
  • Explore sociology more at a professional conference! Held at the Baltimore Hilton: Baltimore, MD February 20 – 23, 2014 www.essnet.org Poster presentations by Undergraduates Submit a theme via the website; submissions must be in by December 15, 2013 $30 for student membership/$10 to register for the conference (forms available on the website)
  • The Sociology Department is now creating a student database, so that we can send you important announcements and departmental events. Please fill out the online form at: https://sites.google.com/site/owsocdatabase/
  • Plenty of useful, additional information about the Sociology Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury may be found on the Department’s website, accessible from the College’s own website. [Go to: Academics  School of Arts and Sciences  Sociology Visit Department Site] https://webfs.oldwestbury.edu/faculty_staff/hellerj/sociology
  • We are all here for YOU! Make the Sociology Department your home!