Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall, Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371

Minors, Concentrations & Combined Programs

Liberal Arts minor in Criminal Justice
To earn a minor in criminal justice, students must complete: CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJ 200 Criminological Theory, one core criminal justice course (CRJ 323 Juvenile Delinquency, CRJ 324 Corrections & Rehabilitative Programs, CRJ 327 Police & Society, or CRJ 329 Criminal Law & the Courts), and two criminal justice electives. See requirements for more information.

Liberal Arts minor in Sociology or Anthropology
To earn a minor in sociology, students must complete SOC 100 plus a minimum of 16 additional credits in sociology, 12 of which must be at the 300-400 level. To earn a minor in anthropology, students must complete AN 101 and 102 plus a minimum of 12 credits in anthropology courses at the 300-400 level. See requirements for Sociology or Anthropology for more information.

Secondary Teaching minor in Sociology (STEP)
Generally a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required in courses included in the minor, with no single course grade below 2.0. Second undergraduate degree candidates completing the minor may be required to take additional courses at Oakland University beyond the stated minimums. Students must consult with the secondary education minor adviser in the department. See requirements for more information.

Child Welfare minor (Social Work majors only)
The goal of child welfare is to ensure safe, permanent and nurturing families for children, using services that focus on supporting and stabilizing families. When it is not possible for families to remain together, placements for children through foster care or adoption are funded. Child welfare is a collaboration among professionals, community members, the family and its support systems to ensure that decisions are made in the best interest of the child, family, and community.

The minor in Child Welfare is beneficial for students interested in pediatrics, maternal and child health, adoption services, youth recreation, school counseling, public social service, and much more. Bachelor of Social Work graduates from Oakland University with a minor in Child Welfare may be given preferential consideration for a position with the Department of Human Services or a contracted private agency. See requirements for more information.

Child Welfare certificate

A Child Welfare Certificate is available to BSW graduates. Completion of the certificate may allow students to waive certain training requirements for child welfare staff at the Michigan Department of human Services including child protective services, foster care and adoption. The Certificate will also indicate qualifications for employment at private agencies that provide child welfare services such as foster care and adoption. Students are still required to complete a minor or the Interdisciplinary major. Credits toward meeting either of these, as well as the requirement of two social work electives, can be double counted toward earning the Child Welfare Certificate. For more details please refer to the Student Handbook. Child Welfare certificate application.

Ths minor is housed in the Women and Gender Studies Program. Please consult Professor Jo Reger for advising information.
Modified majors in Sociology and/or Anthropology with a Linguistics Concentration (B.A.)
To earn a modified major in sociology with a concentration in linguistics, students must complete a minimum of 20 credits in sociology, including SOC 100, 202, 203, 400, and a minimum of 20 credits in linguistics including LIN 201, 303, 304, and either 403 or 404, and LIN/SOC 376.

To earn a modified major in anthropology with a concentration in linguistics, students must complete AN 101 and 102, plus a minimum of 12 additional credits in anthropology and 20 credits in linguistics, including: LIN 201, 303, 304, and either 403 or 404, and either LIN/AN 374 or 375.

See requirements for more information.

Concentration in Gerontology
The Concentration in Gerontology is a multidisciplinary approach designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the aging process and skills needed to work with older adults as well as understand the psychological, social, economical and health/medical issues older adults face.

Students will learn about the aging process and its impact on the well-being of individuals and their families; theoretical concepts about human behavior; practice skills for preventive, rehabilitative and supportive services; health and medical care, health care policy; and personal and societal attitudes that can affect older adults. Students will be prepared for direct service roles with seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes, geriatric health and mental health centers, hospice, hospitals and long-term care facilities, multipurpose senior centers, senior citizen social services, and retirement communities.

28 Credits

Core Classes
  1. SW 358 Death and Dying
  2. SOC 465 Sociological Perspectives on Aging
  3. PSY 323 Adulthood and Aging (students who have declared a concentration in Gerontology are waived from the prerequisite required for this course but must have taken SOC 202)
  4. AN 333 Medical Anthropology
  5. SOC 328 Sociology of Health and Medicine
Electives Choose two of the following:
  • SW 315 Social Welfare Policies
  • PS/HS 359 Public Policy and Health Care
  • AN 305 The Life Course in Anthropological Perspective
  • PHL 318 Bioethics
  • CRJ 360 Criminal Careers and Career Criminals
  • SW/SOC/PSY/AN/CRJ Special topic course in aging (this must be reviewed and approved by an advisor)

Concentration in Addiction Studies
The Concentration in Addiction Studies is a series of seven classes, three of which meet the instructional requirements for Michigan Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credentials in Michigan.

Currently, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Psychology majors will take the courses, and in combination with their required course work in social work, criminal justice and psychology, and sociology, will fulfill the 270 contact hours of education on addictions required by the Michigan Certified Board for Addiction Professionals. 180 hours will come directly from the curriculum approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals and the remaining 90 hours will come from existing curriculum in social work, sociology, criminal justice and psychology.

28 Credits

Core Classes

  1. SW 364 Substance Abuse & Addictions I
  2. SW 365 Substance Abuse & Addictions II
  3. SOC 300 Alcohol Drugs and Society
  4. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  5. PHI 103 Introduction to Ethics (counts as a western civilization general education requirement)
Electives Choose two of the following:
  • SW/SOC 210 Introduction to Social Work
  • SW 405 Social Work Practice 1 (for social work majors only)
  • SOC 222 Sociology of Mental Illness
  • AN 333 Medical Anthropology
  • CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 324 Corrective & Rehabilitative Institutions
  • PSY 338 Health Psychology
  • PHL 318 Bioethics

Archaeology Concentration
Archaeology, which is the study of past human activities, is of interest to a wide variety of people. This study, which is housed in the anthropology program, also works together with Art History, History, and the Physical Sciences. Students at Oakland University who choose the archaeology concentration are trained in an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. The concentration prepares students for further graduate studies or involvement in their local community museums and historic preservation activities. We work in both the historic and prehistoric periods. In addition to a wide range of courses, we provide field, lab and internship opportunities. A student Anthropology Club provides students a chance to meet others with similar interests.
Combined Programs
Combined Liberal Arts major in Sociology/Anthropology (B.A.)
To earn a Bachelor of Arts with a combined major in sociology/anthropology, students must complete a minimum of 20 credits in sociology and 20 credits in anthropology including the following:
  1. SOC 100, 202, 203
  2. AN 101, 102
  3. SOC 400 or AN 470
Note: No more than 8 credits counted toward the major may be taken in SOC/AN 190, 392, 399 or 480.

See requirements for more information.