A major in sociology is for advanced graduate/professional study of sociology, law, counseling, social work, criminal justice, urban development, education, and other fields requiring work beyond the bachelor's level. A major in sociology also prepares students for employment in:

  • government agencies
  • businesses
  • hospitals
  • education
  • urban affairs
  • personnel

To earn the BA degree, the student must satisfy all the degree requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and take 31 semester hours of courses from the sociology curriculum. Required courses are:

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Foreign Language Requirement8
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (one course must include a lab)7
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
LASS 1510Exploring Critical Questions in LASS3
Major Requirements
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 3701Social Statistics4
SOC 3749Sociological Theory3
SOC 4850Research Methods3
SOC 4859Senior Thesis 11
SOC 4860Senior Thesis 23
Sociology Electives
Select one Sociology course from each Sociology domain18
Domain 1: Social Inequality SOC 2640, 2690, 3700, 3743, 3798 (Topic: Race, Gender, Social Class, and Crime), or 3798 (Topic: Culture and People of China)
Domain 2: Social Institutions SOC 3705, 3707, 3708, 3740, 3741, or 3745
Domain 3: Gender and the Family SOC 2640, 3705, 3746, 3798 (Topic: Gender and Work), or 3798 (Topic: Sociology of Sexuality)
Domain 4: Deviance and Criminology SOC 2601, 2630, 3731, 3733, 3735, 3736, or 3798 (Topic: Race, Gender, Social Class, and Crime)
Domain 5: Aging SOC 3703, 3755, 3757, 3758, 3759, 3760, 3761, or 4801
Domain 6: Research and Internships SOC 3720, 4800, 4810, or 4821
Minor18
Electives Must complete a minimum number of electives to meet the 120sh total graduation requirement20
Total Semester Hours121

Students are responsible for satisfying all prerequisites and maintaining a “C” or better in all major and  minor requirements and cannot take courses on a "CR/NC" basis.

Students wishing to minor in sociology must complete 18 s.h. by selecting courses from appropriate categories. Students are responsible for satisfying all prerequisites and maintaining  a “C” or better in all minor requirements and cannot take courses on a "CR/NC"  basis.

*Please see your advisor in order to ensure that you are on track to graduate.

*For General Education electives, be sure that you take two courses from each knowledge domain, including a science lab: 

For more information, consult General Education Courses by Knowledge Domain.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 1 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 1 3
LASS 1510 Exploring Critical Questions in LASS 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 1 4
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
 
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 1 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
General Education course 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 1 4
SOC 26XX Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
SOC 37XX Sociology elective 3
SOC 37xx Sociology elective 3
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
General Education NS with lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
SOC 37XX Sociology elective 3
Course in Minor 3
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
SOC 3749 Sociological Theory 3
SOC 37XX Sociology elective 3
Course in Minor 3
37xx Course in Minor 3
37XX Upper division Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
SOC 3701 Social Statistics 4
SOC 37XX Sociology elective 3
37xx Course in Minor 3
37xx Course in Minor 3
 Semester Hours13
Year 4
Fall
SOC 4850 Research Methods 3
SOC 4859 Senior Thesis 1 1
SOC 4800 Undergraduate Research 1
37xx Course in Minor 3
37xx Upper division Elective 3
Elective course 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
SOC 4860 Senior Thesis 2 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3
Elective course 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120
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Placement test in English, math, and foreign languages required before registration for classes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The department's learning outcomes for sociology majors are as follows:

  •  Students can demonstrate understanding of the discipline of sociology and its role in contributing to our understanding of social reality.
  •  Students can critically evaluate various theoretical perspectives in sociology.
  •  Students can demonstrate comprehension of the scientific process and evaluate various qualitative and quantitative methods.
  •  Students can synthesize theory and methods by designing, implementing, and completing an empirical research project.
  •  Students can evaluate research in at least one substantive area within sociology in depth.