Dr. Beth Rushing, Chair
103 Sociology Building
(901) 881-7520

Kendall A. Blanchard, William Castleberry, Sharon Fields, Roger T. Fisher, Marilyn Hooker, Larry C. Ingram, Aubrey M. Keller, Choong S. Kim, Judy L. Maynard, Lachelle Norris, Beth Rushing, Cynthia West

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Sociology, 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.

Departmental Mission

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: helping students recognize and appreciate cultural diversity in the global era providing a solid grounding in social science research methods so that students can design, conduct, and evaluate social scientific research projects offering students the opportunity to learn a variety of interpretive frameworks that can be used to better understand different domains of social life preparing students to enter diverse careers helping students understand human beings and their relation to the diverse structures and institutions of their environment.



B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. General Sociology: A major consists of Sociology 201, 202, 402, 441, Anthropology 101, and 12 additional upper division hours in sociology and/or anthropology courses. Majors are strongly urged to take a course in statistics. A minor is required for both the B.S. and B.A. degree.

B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A minor consists of Sociology 201, 202,and 12 additional hours of upper division sociology courses.

No major is offered in Anthropology. A minor consists of Anthropology 101, 201, and 12 additional hours from upper division anthropology courses.

The mission of the program in sociology and anthropology is to prepare students for living in a complex, rapidly-changing world through engaging them in a broadly-based, intellectually rigorous study of human social life. By combining aspects of all the social sciences, together with a sense of history and philosophy, this program offers courses that allow students to see how humans adjust in preindustrial, industrial, and post industrial settings.

A major goal of the training students receive in sociology and anthropology is to teach them a broad range of theory which they can apply to make sense of the complexity of human society. They learn to recognize the interdependencies of life, and consequently to be suspicious of analysis that isolates any one activity from its context, or that tries to reduce explanations of behavior to one or even a few factors.

A second major goal of the program is the development of methodological sophistication. Students are taught a variety of methods for collecting and analyzing data, including basic training in the use of the computer. Attention is focused upon learning to state questions clearly, selecting appropriate techniques, and the limits of social science investigations.

These two goals, when successfully achieved, provide students with a way of looking at events not commonly found in American society. Students learn to see life in terms of its wholeness sand its relativity to times and places. An important benefit of this perspective is that students learn to anticipate change by recognizing relationships among different kinds of activities. Students who study sociology and anthropology are thus uniquely prepared to live in the modern world.

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 course under 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.


B.S in Criminal Justice Curriculum. The student must complete the following minimal requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all required criminal justice content courses. The maximum number of hours in criminal justice courses allowed to count toward graduation is fifty (50).


Biology 110-120
Communications 230
English 111-112
English 280
Any English Language Literature (3 hours)
Foreign Language (3-8 hours)

Completion of 211 in the same language as the one used to satisfy the entrance requirement, or completion of 211 in the same language as the one used to remove an entrance deficiency, or completion of 112 in any other foreign language.

History 201-202
Mathematics 140 and 160 or 210
Social Science. Three of the following social science sequences:
Anthropology 101, 201
Political Science 210-220
Psychology 110-120
Sociology 201-202
Sociology 441

MAJOR FIELD (30 hours)

Criminal Justice 200, 210, 320, and 460
Criminal Justice Electives: 12 upper division hours
Sociology 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

B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A minor consists of Criminal Justice 200, 210, and 12 additional hours selected from upper division criminal justice courses.

The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to provide students with a significant exposure to the Arts & 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; Security; 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 faculties 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 degree in Criminal Justice 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 students 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.


B.S. in Social Work Curriculum. 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.

No minor is offered in Social Work.


I. Communication Requirement 9 Hours
English 111 and 112 (or equivalent honors courses)
B. Communications 230

II. Foreign Language Requirement 7-8 Hours

Completion of 211 in the same language as the one used to satisfy the entrance requirement, or completion of 211 in the same language as the one used to remove an entrance deficiency, or completion of 112 in any other foreign language.

III. Humanities Requirement 15 Hours
A. Completion of two of the following sequences:
English 250 and 251, or 260 and 261, or 270 and 271
History 121 and 122 (or equivalent honors courses) or
History U.S. 201 and 202
Philosophy 110 and 120

B. Completion of one course selected from:
Art 110
Music 111, 112

IV. Laboratory Science Requirement 16 Hours
Biology 110, Zoology 201 or 251 or 252, and one additional sequence from the following courses:
Astronomy 201 and 202
Chemistry 121 and 122
Geology 111 and 112 or 113
Physics 211 and 212 and Labs 201, 202 OR
Physics 220 and 221 and Labs 201, 202

V. Social Science Requirement 18 Hours
Completion of Psychology 110 and 120 AND Sociology 201, 202, 208 (any 6 hours) PLUS
Completion of one sequence from the following courses:
Anthropology 101 and 201
Economics 201 and 202
Geography 151-152 or 201-202
Political Science 210 and 220

VI. Mathematics Requirement 6 Hours
Math 140 and 210

VII. Computer Science Requirement 3 Hours
Computer Science 201


Social Work 200
Social Work 220
Social Work 240
Social Work 260
Social Work 340
Social Work 400
Social Work 410
Social Work 440
Social Work 450
Sociology 441

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 student's ability to relate what is being taught in the classroom with actual practice in a work setting.


Regulations for minors differ under individual departments. (No less than 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.)


Total Semester Hours Required For Graduation: 132

The UT Martin Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the Council on Postsecondary Education and the United States Department of Education. Students graduating with a major in Social Work are prepared for entry into employment at the first professional level in Social Work practice. Social Work majors are also eligible for consideration in advanced standing as candidates for graduate study. 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 and ideals.

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. Social Work majors are eligible for consideration of advanced standing as candidates for graduate study. Most graduate schools of social work now offer an 'accelerated' program of study whereby the student who has made career preparation at the baccalaureate level may complete the master's program in twelve or eighteen 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.


Admission to the Social Work Program is based on a progression model. This enables the 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 is not a satisfactory choice

The following identifies progression criteria for social work students:

Initial Progression

1. Initial progression must be completed prior to enrollment in any 300 level social work courses. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.

2. Successful completion of Soc. Wrk 200 and Soc. Wrk 220 with a grade of C or better.

3. Favorable review of the student's application for entry in to the Social Work Program.

Advanced Progression

1. Advanced progression must be completed prior to enrollment in Soc. Wrk 400 and/or Soc. Wrk 440.

2. Successful completion of Soc. Wrk 340 (and all preceding required social work courses with a grade of C or better.)

3. Approval by social work faculty. This process includes a close review of the student's performance in volunteer work.

Full Progression

1. Full progression must be completed prior to enrollment in Soc. Wrk 450.

Successful completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or above and a grade point average in required social work courses of 2.50 or above.

2. Successful completion of Soc. Wrk 440 and all preceding required social work courses with a grade of C or better.

3. Approval by social work faculty. This process includes a close review of the student's performance in volunteer work for Soc. Wrk 440. 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 student's ability to relate what is taught in the classroom with actual practice in a work setting.


1. Students who earn a grade of D or below in a required upperdivision social work classroom course are eligible to repeat the course one time only.
2. Students are allowed to repeat only two required upper division social work courses in which they received a grade of D or below.
3. Soc. Wrk 450: Social Work Field Instruction may not be repeated.

Students requesting an exception to these policies must write a letter to the Director of the Social Work Program requesting readmission to a social work course. The letter must include documentation to support unusual or extenuating circumstances which contributed to the academic problem and a readiness to meet expected standards of performance. The Director of the program, in conjunction with the Student Affairs Committee, will make a final decision after careful consideration of all information available. The student will then be notified of the decision in writing. These policies are applicable to declared social work majors as well as those approved for progression.


Licensure by the Tennessee State Department of Education is available to those social work majors who complete requirements. Students must complete the requirements for a BSSW degree, have field experience in a school setting (or one year successful postgraduate experience as a school social worker or as a family and children services social worker) and complete the following four courses: Soc. Wrk 375; Social Work in the School Setting; HL 325 Educational Psychology(or Elem Ed 711, Sec Ed 711, or Ed Psy 712); Spec Ed 300 (500) Exceptional Child; Ed Stud 450 (650) The School, the Teacher and the Law. Students must successfully complete each course with a grade of C or better. Upon completion of these requirements, the student must receive recommendations from the UT Martin Social Work Program and the School of Education prior to consideration for state licensure as a school social worker.


The Social Work Club serves to provide students with an opportunity to investigate major social problems from both an academic and service oriented frame of reference, and to participate in the activities which will serve to coordinate these two approaches. 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 who are interested in becoming involved through services to the University community as well as the larger geographic area of Northwest Tennessee.

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 achieved high scholastic attainment are encouraged to seek membership in Alpha Delta Mu through the assistance of their faculty advisor.


Perhaps the greatest strength in the Social Work Program is field instruction (known also as "field experience" and "internship"). Field instruction is designed to accomplish objectives of the Social Work Program by preparing the student for practice, by bringing about readiness for graduate study, and by enhancing the student's ability to cope with the pressures, stress, and frustration of day-to-day living and working.

The field instruction course is Soc. Wrk 450, Social Work Field Instruction. It is a block placement in an agency setting. 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 the West Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis areas participate.


1. Alcohol and Drug Treatment Psychiatric Unit -- Baptist Memorial Hospital, Union City
2. Area Agency on Aging, Martin
3. Arlington Developmental Center, Arlington
4. Arlington Foster Care Program, Jackson
5. Baptist Children's Home, Highway 70 East, Memphis/Mason Highway
6. Cane Creek Center, Martin
7. Carey Counseling Center, Huntingdon, Paris, and Trenton
8. Child Health and Development Program, Dyersburg
9. City of Milan Hospital, Milan
10. Community Developmental Services, Inc., Martin
11. Covington Counseling Center, Covington
12. Developmental Disabilities Program, Huntingdon
13. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- Tennessee Department of Human Services, Camden, Dyersburg, Paris, and Union City
14. Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Jackson
15. Gibson County General Hospital, Trenton
16. Gibson County Youth Services (Juvenile Court), Trenton
17. Hardeman County Developmental Center, Bolivar
18. HCA Regional Hospital, Jackson
19. Head Start Family Services, McKenzie
20. Henry County Juvenile Court, Paris
21. Hillview Nursing Home, Dresden
22. Infant Stimulation Program, UT Martin
23. JACOA (Jackson Area Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse), Jackson
24. Jackson Center for Enrichment and Development, Jackson
25. Jackson Housing Authority, Jackson
26. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jackson
27. Kentucky Department of Human Resources, Fulton
28. Lake County Health Department Pre-natal Program, Tiptonville
29. Lake County Regional Prison, Tiptonville
30. Lau-Fay-Ton Head Start, Covington
31. Madison County Group Home, Jackson
32. Madison County Youth Services (Juvenile Court), Jackson
33. Martin Primary School, Martin
34. McNairy County Adult Activities Center, Selmer
35. Methodist Hospital, Dyersburg
36. Northwest Counseling Center, Dyersburg and Martin
37. Obion County Rest Home, Union City
38. QUINCO Mental Health Center, Bolivar
39. Reelfoot Rural Ministries Community Services, Obion
40. Tennessee Department of Correction -- Juvenile Probation, Dresden, Dyersburg and Union City
41. Tennessee Department of Human Services & all twenty county offices in West Tennessee, excluding Shelby County
42. Union City Health Care Center (Nursing Home), Union City
43. Union City High School, Union City
44. Union City Manor (Nursing Home), Union City
45. Van Ayer Manor (Nursing Home), Martin
46. Volunteer General Hospital, Martin
47. Weakley County Nursing Home, Dresden
48. Weakley County Youth Services (Juvenile Court), Dresden
49. Western Mental Health Institute, Bolivar
50. Wilder Youth Development Center (Tenn. Dept. of Correction), Somerville
51. WRAP -- Wo/men's Resource and Rape Assistance Program, Jackson