Sociology Major: Community Health Emphasis (with a 3+2 Master of Behavioral Science in Rural Community Health)

Sociology Major: Community Health Emphasis With 5-year Master of Behavioral Science 
(MBS) in Rural Community Health 

The Community Health Emphasis in SOC allows students to complete an undergraduate degree in SOC with an emphasis in Community Health and a Master of Behavioral Science (MBS) degree in Rural Community Health within five years. The Community Health emphasis in SOC requires particular courses (e.g., in medical sociology, independent study, research methods, and statistics) that prepare students for success in the MBS program. To remain qualified for this accelerated pathway, before the start of Year Four each student must have: 

  • maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.3 GPA within the Sociology Major
  • completed two natural science courses (with lab), and one statistics course, with a grade of B or above in the statistics course
  • fulfilled the 3-credit SOC 399: Internship requirement with a passing grade and a positive letter from the project sponsor
  • listed two references
  • written a Statement of Purpose to the MBS program that includes detail regarding academic and career ambitions and feasible ideas or plans regarding their eventual completion of MBS 699: Community Health Practicum

At this point, if any aspect of a student's performance is found to be inadequate, the MBS Director may reject a student from the MBS program, in which case the student must find a new emphasis or minor so they can complete the undergraduate degree. In addition to meeting the requirements above, and after Junior Year and completion of SOC Major requirements, students will be designated as "MBS candidates with provisional acceptance." Upon completion of the final credits toward the B.A. degree and after year four of this plan, students will be designated as "MBS degree-seeking students." Students who choose not to continue with the MBS after Year 4 of the accelerated program, but who successfully completed all other requirements of the program, will still have completed the undergraduate SOC degree with the Community Health Emphasis and earned the 120 credits necessary for an undergraduate degree. 

A minimum of 57 credits is required for B.A. components of the Community Health Emphasis.  

All of the following:
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 211Quantitative Research Methods3
SOC 225Self and Society3
SOC 302Sociological Theory3
SOC 310Qualitative Research Methods3
SOC 322Medical Sociology3
SOC 355Drugs and Society3
SOC 380Social Inequalities3
SOC 399Internship in Sociology3
SOC 498Capstone3
One of the following:3
Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)
General Psychology (GT-SS3)
One of the following:3
Medical Anthropology
Psychopathology
Health Psychology
One of the following:3
Environmental Sociology
Social Problems
Introduction to Criminal Justice
The Familly
Social Movements
Deviance
Juvenile Deliquency
Corrections
Special Topics
One of the following:3
Statistics for Business and Economics
Probability and Statistics
Statistics and Data Analysis
MBS in Rural Community Health Courses
All of the following:
MBS 601Behavioral Science and Community Health3
MBS 602Quantitative Methods and Research Design3
MBS 603Quantitative Analysis in Behavioral Science3
MBS 605Health Disparities3
One of the following:3
Qualitative Methods and Analysis
Program Planning and Evaluation
Violence and Trauma
Total Credits57

Upon successful completion of the prescribed courses listed above, University-defined General Education, and elective requirements totaling 120 credits (with 40 at the 300-level or higher), students are eligible for their B.A. conferral. Students electing to complete the MBS in Rural Community Health must complete the MBS curriculum.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Gen Ed General Education 12
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Credits16
Spring
ANTH 107
Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)
or General Psychology (GT-SS3)
3
Gen Ed General Education (Area II), w/lab 4
Gen Ed General Education 6
 Credits13
Year Two
Fall
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 6
Gen Ed General Education (Area II), w/lab 4
SOC 302 Sociological Theory 3
SOC 322
Medical Sociology
or Drugs and Society
3
 Credits16
Spring
ANTH 355
Medical Anthropology
or Psychopathology
or Health Psychology
3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 3
SOC 355
Drugs and Society
or Medical Sociology
3
SOC 310 Qualitative Research Methods 3
 Credits12
Year Three
Fall
ECON 216
Statistics for Business and Economics
or Probability and Statistics
or Statistics and Data Analysis
3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 3
SOC 211 Quantitative Research Methods 3
SOC 380 Social Inequalities 3
 Credits12
Spring
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 6
Gen Ed General Education 3
SOC 399 Internship in Sociology (if not completed during summer before Year 4) 3
 Credits12
Summer
SOC 399 Internship in Sociology (if not completed during Spring Year 3) 3
 Credits3
Year Four
Fall
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 3
MBS 601 Behavioral Science and Community Health 3
MBS 602 Quantitative Methods and Research Design 3
MBS 611
Program Planning and Evaluation
or Violence and Trauma
3
 Credits12
Spring
MBS 603 Quantitative Analysis in Behavioral Science 3
MBS 604
Qualitative Methods and Analysis
or Violence and Trauma
3
MBS 605
Health Disparities
or Program Planning and Evaluation
3
SOC 498 Capstone 3
 Credits12
Summer
MBS 698 Community Health Practicum Proposal 3
 Credits3
Year Five
Fall
MBS Elective MBS Elective course 6
MBS 699 Community Health Practicum 3
 Credits9
Spring
MBS Elective MBS Elective course 6
MBS 699 Community Health Practicum 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits129

Degree Plan