Sociology involves the systematic study of social structures, cultural patterns, and human relationships. The sociological imagination combines rigorous methods with theory and observation, yielding insights that challenge commonly held assumptions about the social world. Sociology also informs the practice of social and public service, aiding efforts to address important social problems. Majoring in sociology positions students so they can pursue a varied set of career paths, ranging from teaching, human service, and human resource occupations to positions in the criminal justice system, marketing, and social research. The sociology major is excellent preparation for students considering law school or graduate training in the social and behavioral sciences.
This undergraduate program offers students the option of applying to the accelerated master's degree program. See Sociology, BA/Sociology, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.
Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2013-2014)
Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including university general education requirements. Students pursuing a BA in sociology must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Students pursuing this degree must complete 35 credits of sociology courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00. No more than 6 credits of courses with unsatisfactory grades (C- or D) may be applied toward the degree.
One introductory core course (3 credits)
The introductory course must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.
SOCI 101 - Introductory Sociology Credits: 3
Four additional core courses (14 credits)
Each of these courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.00.
SOCI 303 - Sociological Research Methodology Credits: 4
SOCI 311 - Classical Sociological Theory Credits: 3
SOCI 313 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credits: 4
SOCI 412 - Contemporary Sociological Theory Credits: 3
Electives (18 credits)
Students complete 18 credits in sociology (SOCI) at the 300 or 400 level.
Students are strongly encouraged to focus four of their elective courses (12 credits) in one of the concentrations from the list to the right chosen to suit their interests and career objectives. Students who choose a concentration will complete two remaining electives.
Total: 35 credits
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated “writing intensive” in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in sociology may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing SOCI 412.
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.