Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
Dr. Susan C. Vickerstaff, Chair
103 Sociology Building
William Castleberry, Sharon L. Crawford, Roger T. Fisher, Larry C. Ingram, Aubrey M. Keller, Choong S. Kim, Donna M. Massey, Judy L. Maynard, Lachelle Norris, Susan C. Vickerstaff, Cynthia West
The faculty of the department are committed to the demonstration of scholarship in teaching, research, and service.
Faculty members offer courses and other learning activities for students in the university at large and for departmental
majors and minors, conduct research in their professional fields, and offer expertise to university, community,
state, national, and international organizations.
The various programs housed in the department are all designed to provide students with a solid understanding of social processes, social institutions, and the linkages between the individual and the larger social reality. In addition to the educational goals articulated in the university catalog, all faculty in the department are committed to:
The department offers a major in Sociology (B.A. and B.S. degrees), the B.S. in Social Work, and the B.S. in Criminal Justice. Graduates of these programs find employment in a wide variety of settings, including business, government, social services, and the justice system. These degree programs are also designed to prepare students for graduate studies in such areas as sociology, social work, criminal justice, or the law.
The mission of the Sociology Program is to teach students how to apply the sociological perspective to social
life. Students learn fundamental sociological concepts, as well as sociological theory, methods of social research,
and data analytic techniques. Through in-depth analysis of major social institutions and processes, students arrive
at an understanding of how people and organizations behave in society.
Such students gain not only a perspective on social life, but they also absorb detailed knowledge about the organization of society. They learn, for example, a variety of ways by which families may be structured, and how different structures may affect opportunities for economic success. They learn that religious denominations with divergent beliefs sometimes have very similar problems, and can provide a sizable list of factors other than belief that may affect what church a person attends. Knowledgeable students can describe similarities and differences between preindustrial and industrial societies, or between rural and urban dwellers in the same society.
The program offers a major and a minor in sociology, and a minor in anthropology. Although the two disciplines are highly complementary in both theory and methods, sociology has traditionally focused on modern, urban-industrial societies, while anthropology has been more preoccupied with less industrialized groups. Course content generally follows this division, but the material overlaps to such an extent that many classes may be taken for credit in either discipline.
In studying sociology and anthropology, students take courses with experienced and professionally active faculty who are interested in the quality of education that is received. Faculty members attend conferences and conduct research not only to advance the discipline, but also to increase their own understanding of the subject matter.
As students develop skill and understanding of the research process they are able to participate in faculty-initiated projects or to design and pursue their own studies. Those who wish to pursue graduate study are actively helped to locate in a graduate department compatible with their interests and needs. Those who choose to seek employment upon completion of their degrees will enter the labor force with marketable skills in data analysis, oral and written communication, and study design.
The Sociology and Anthropology Club is open to all students with an interest in sociology and/or anthropology. Club meetings may involve speakers, career information, films, or informal contact with other students and faculty members.
B.A. (5810-BA) or B.S. (5810-BS) Curriculum. Anthropology 101 is a prerequisite to the major. A major consists of 30 hours: Sociology 201, 202, 301, 302, 402, 497, and 12 additional upper-division hours in sociology and/or anthropology courses. A grade of C or above is required in Anthropology 101 and all major courses. In addition to the general education requirements, a minor or second major is required for both the B.S. and B.A. degree. A minimum score of 135 on the Educational Testing Service Sociology Major Field Achievement Test is required to complete the major.
Anthropology: A minor consists of Anthropology 101, 201, and 12 additional hours from upper-division anthropology courses.
Sociology: A minor consists of Sociology 201, 202, and 12 additional hours of upper-division sociology courses.
The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to provide students with a significant exposure to the arts and
sciences; to provide opportunities for in-service and pre-service students to study specialized criminal justice
courses; to provide technical services to the community; to analyze the underlying philosophies and practices of
the criminal justice system as well as the causation and prevention of crime and delinquency; and to counsel and
assist our students in the making of career decisions.
The Criminal Justice curriculum requires a core of broad-based courses which stress the systemic, philosophical nature of criminal justice. This core requirement is consistent with the general institutional goal of providing a quality undergraduate education which encourages students to develop an ability to synthesize information, to engage in scholarly inquiry and to accomplish rational problem solving. It is believed that traditional arts and sciences education is the best preparation for the study of criminal justice as well as the best means of developing intellectual skills which students need to function in modern society.
Further, it is assumed that students must understand the philosophies and processes of criminal justice in order for them to possess broad and representative knowledge of criminal justice as an intellectual discipline. Each of the required courses is designed to present underlying and unifying philosophies of criminal justice. Elective criminal justice courses are offered in more specialized areas, e.g., Criminal Investigation; Juvenile Justice Process; and Criminal Law. Such specialized courses are beneficial to students when taken in conjunction with the core courses and have served, in many instances, to create an interest on the part of the students in pursuing a particular area of criminal justice as a career.
Students who major or minor in Criminal Justice are taught by experienced, professional faculty who have extensive experience in criminal justice as well as academic credentials. The faculty is active in preparing and teaching in-service training programs and designing and/or attending programs for in-service and pre-service persons which enhances professionalism.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree are highly successful in obtaining positions in the profession. Our students have enjoyed success in virtually every state, local, and federal criminal justice agency as well as in municipal police departments, corrections, juvenile services and private security. An increasing number of students are enrolling in law school or in graduate schools of criminal justice or public administration due to the enhanced career opportunities for those who hold advanced degrees.
The Criminal Justice Society provides an opportunity to meet with other students and professionals who share common interests. The society has speakers from various criminal justice professions who inform them about the current events and careers in criminal justice. The club is open to all interested students.
The student must complete the following minimal requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all major field requirements. The maximum number of hours in criminal justice courses allowed to count toward graduation is fifty (50). A minor is required.
General Education (59-64 hours)
Computer Science 201
Any English Language Literature (3 hours)
Foreign Language (3-8 hours)
Mathematics 140 and 160 or 210
Social Science. Three of the following social science sequences:
Major Field (39 hours)
Criminal Justice 200, 210, 220, 320, 400, and 460
Criminal Justice Electives: 9 upper-division hours
Sociology 301, 302, 305 and 413
Minor Field (12 hours minimum)
Completion of course requirements (at least 12 hours) and any prerequisites for a minor in any area approved by the student's advisor.
Minimum Hours Required For Graduation: 130
A minor consists of Criminal Justice 200, 210, and 12 additional hours selected from upper-division criminal justice courses.
The UT Martin Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) within the Council
on Postsecondary Education and the United States Department of Education. The underlying philosophy of the Social
Work Program at UT Martin is a commitment to human welfare--a concern with the interaction between people and their
social environment which affects their ability to accomplish life tasks, handle problems, and realize their aspirations
There are two major goals of the Social Work Program at UT Martin. The first of these goals is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice (employment). Upon graduating, social work majors are ready for employment in the helping professions.
The second major goal is to prepare students for study in graduate schools of social work. Most graduate schools of social work now offer an "accelerated" program of study whereby the student who has graduated from a CSWE accredited bachelor's level social work program may complete the master's program in 12 or 18 months, rather than in the traditional two-year program for non-social work majors.
At program entry and concurrent with classroom instruction, social work majors begin to come in contact with both providers and consumers of social services. This enables the student to integrate classroom learning and field experience through meaningful interaction with human services professionals and with clients, patients, consumers, and others.
The Student Social Work Association (SSWA) provides students with an opportunity to investigate major social
problems from both an academic and service-oriented frame of reference. Its aim is to make students more knowledgeable
about social problems of national and international scope and to provide the students with opportunities to devise
and implement meaningful remedies for the problems at the community level. The organization is open to all students.
Alpha Delta Mu is a national honor society exclusively for social workers. The society gives special recognition to social workers who have performed at an exceptionally high academic level. Junior and senior students who have a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible for membership.
Social Work internships (Social Work 450) allow students to apply the knowledge and theory gained in the classroom
to practical experience. Also known as "field experience" and "field internship," internships
are designed to accomplish the objectives of the Social Work Program by preparing the student for generalist practice,
by bringing about readiness for graduate study, and by enhancing the student's ability to cope with the pressures,
stress, and realities of day-to-day living and working.
UT Martin's internships are block placements in agency settings. The student is in the agency each working day during the semester and maintains the same hours as employees of the agency. Numerous agencies in West Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis participate. Examples of these internships sites include family service agencies, health-care settings, social welfare agencies, and schools. Every attempt is made to arrange internships in agencies that specialize in the student's primary area of interest in social work.
The student must complete the following minimal requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major. The maximum number of hours in social work courses allowed to count toward graduation is fifty (50). All students considering a major in Social Work are instructed to meet with a Social Work faculty member at the earliest opportunity. Academic credit for life experiences and previous work experience shall not be given in whole or in part in lieu of the field practicum or any other Social Work course. A minor is required.
No minor is offered in Social Work.
GENERAL EDUCATION -- 74-75 Credit Hours
SOCIAL WORK REQUIREMENTS -- 42
Social Work 200, 220, 240, 260, 340, 400, 440, 450 and 3 hours of upper-division elective credit; Sociology 301, 302
Course sequence is designed to carry the student through various levels of learning. Each level in the social work curriculum requires a related field activity (practicum) which enhances the studentís ability to relate what is being taught in the classroom with actual practice in a work setting.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS -- 12
Regulations for minors differ under individual departments. At least 12 hours of upper-division courses are required; up to six hours of the total for the minor may be replaced by lower-division work in certain departments.
ELECTIVES -- 3
Total Semester Hours Required For Graduation: -- 132
Admission to Social Work Program
A three-stage progression model is used to monitor entry into and advancement through the Social Work Program. This process enables the faculty and student to make an early assessment of feelings, reactions, impressions, and beginning abilities to function as a helping agent within the profession. The student may also make alternate career selections before too great an investment is made if social work does not appear to be a satisfactory choice.
The following identifies progression criteria for social work students:
Transfer students from other UT Martin majors, junior/community colleges and other four-year colleges and universities must meet with a social work faculty member prior to initial progression.
Course sequence is designed to carry the student through various levels of learning. Each level of learning in the social work curriculum requires a related field activity (practicum) which enhances the studentís ability to relate what is taught in the classroom with actual practice in a work setting.
Policies and Procedures for Repeating a Social Work Course
School Social Work Licensure
The Social Work Program, in collaboration with the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Education to recommend individuals for licensure as school social workers when the following requirements have been met:
*Students must receive a grade of "C" or above to successfully complete courses.
Courses Offered by Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice
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