Social Inequality and Human Rights Program

Social Inequality and Human Rights prepares students for careers that fight injustice, social inequality, and human rights violations, domestically or globally.  Built on the sociology major, the area in Social Inequality and Human Rights provides students with a skill set that reflects societal needs, a dynamic economy, and the future job market. Understanding the role of societal institutions and political structures is essential to crafting effective responses to social issues. 

What Can You Do with a Sociology / Social Inequality and Human Rights Degree?

Students who want to pursue careers in fields such as human rights, advocacy, community organizing, community development, and community activism will plan and lead change. They will be involved in needs assessment, evaluation, analysis, and implementation of policy and programs that directly impact individual and community life. Below is a sample list of careers that Social Inequality and Human Rights prepares you for.

  1. Social Services
  2. Community Activism and Organizing
  3. Community Development 
  4. Public Affairs
  5. Federal, State, and Local Government
  6. Social Justice Advocacy Organization
  7. Human Rights Organizations
  8. International and Non-Governmental Organizations
  9. Civil Rights Attorney (requires law degree)
  10. Advanced Research (requires graduate degree)

Sociology / Social Inequality and Human Rights Area Requirements

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Total Course Requirements……………………… 54-55 hours

Required Sociology Courses ................................... 18-19 hours
SOC 100T Transitions
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 300 Social Theory
SOC 359 Writing and Inquiry in the Social Sciences
SOC 360 Research Methods 
SOC 400 Senior Seminar

Required Social Inequality and Human Rights Courses ................................... 9 hours
SOC 337 Social Inequality 
SOC 365 Qualitative Methods
POL 449 Human Rights

Limited Electives ...................................27 hours 
Note 15 hours must be upper-level, 9 hours in each thematic category

Stratification, Inequality, and Difference...................................9 hours
Three credits from the following...
SOC 355 Sociology of Gender
SOC 343 Race and Ethnicity 
SOC 435 Sociology of Work

Six credits from the following...
ANT 140 Exploring World Cultures
ENG 257 Migrants, Refugees, and Expatriates in Literature
GDS 201 Intro to Gender and Diversity Studies
HIS 309 Survey of World Religions
HIS/GDS 316 Women and Gender in World History
PHI 255 Philosophy of Race
POL 250 Introduction to International Relations
POL 252 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 261 Political Theory
POL 356 Modern Middle East
POL 450 Modern Africa
SOC 231 Social Problems
SOC 250 Global Sociology
SOC 355 Sociology of Gender
SOC 343 Race and Ethnicity 
SOC 435 Sociology of Work

Communities, Control, and Power...................................9 hours
Three credits from the following...
SOC 333 Sociology of Education
SOC 334 Sociology of Migration
SOC 338 Criminology
SOC 438 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 445 Media and Crime
SOC 455 Environmental Sociology

Six credits from the following...
HIS 459 Genocide in World History
POL 438 Inequality and Social Policy
POL 469 Terrorism, Insurgency, and Counterterrorism
POL 453 Government and Politics of Latin America 
POL 454 Government and Politics of Asia
POL 451 Government and Politics of Europe
SOC 325 Sociology of Food
SOC 331 Sociology of Family
SOC 333 Sociology of Education
SOC 334 Sociology of Migration
SOC 338 Criminology
SOC 339 Rural Sociology
SOC 346 Urban Sociology
SOC 438 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 441 Sociology of Youth Violence
SOC 439 Criminology and Public Policy
SOC 445 Media and Crime

Social Change, Advocacy, and Human Rights ...................................9 hours
Three credits from the following...
SOC 432 Social Movements and Protests
SOC 465 Globalization

Six credits from the following... 
ECO 320 Women in the Global Economy
NLS 305 Giving, Philanthropy, and Grant-making
PHI 315 Social and Political Philosophy
POL 457 International Law and Organizations
POL 456 American Foreign Policy
POL 460 Political Behavior
POL/LST 447 Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
SOC 432 Social Movements and Protests
SOC 465 Globalization
LST 320 Family Law
LST 340 Immigration Law
SWK 435 Social Work and Human Rights
SWK 505 Peace Building and the Helping Professions

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