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Sociology degree with pre-ministry focus OK'd

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 28, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s curriculum committee recently approved a pre-ministry concentration leading to a bachelor of science in sociology degree.

The pre-ministry concentration will include courses such as the sociology of religion, social psychology, several religious studies courses, communications and psychology courses. Other sociology courses that are related to religious or ethical issues include sociology of the family, aging, medical sociology and death and dying.

“This major concentration is ideal for people interested in attending seminary or divinity school, working in a church setting, going into mission work or working for a nongovernment organization,” said Dr. Leslie Stanley-Stevens, professor of sociology.

Stanley-Stevens, who has an M.A. in religion from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, will serve as the adviser for students enrolled in the pre-ministry concentration. She has extensive work experience with Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist denominations and has taught the sociology of religion for 20 years.

The head of the Department of Social Sciences, Dr. Malcolm Cross, praised the faculty and staff for exercising leadership in creating the new program “that will help prepare students for an important profession.”

Kelli Styron, interim dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, said the concentration “offers a world of possibilities for our students that will assist them in furthering their education in a new and innovative path for Tarleton. It's a very exciting time for our sociology students.”

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Joe Michael Feist
254-968-9076
jfeist@tarleton.edu

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