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Undergraduate Studies|Department of Sociology

Bachelor of Arts/Sciences Degree

In addition to University and College requirements, the following are minimum requirements for the undergraduate major in sociology leading to the Bachelor of Arts/Sciences degree. To help plan for and navigate these requirements, see the Department's suggestion for a 4-Year Plan of Study.

Thirty-five credit hours are required to earn a major in sociology. These courses are listed below. This includes 14 hours of Foundation Courses, 12 hours of Core Courses, and 9 hours of sociology elective courses. Grades of "C" or better must be earned in all 35 hours of coursework in order to be counted toward the major.

Foundation Courses: Hrs:
SOC 1000 Sociological Principles 3
SOC/STAT 2070 Intro to Statistics-Social Sciences 4
SOC 3900 Sociological Theory                3
SOC 4095 Sociological Research Methods [C3] 4
  Total "Foundation" Hours: 14

Core Courses: Complete four courses, one each in any four of the following areas:

Area A: Society and Inequality   Area B: Social Organization and Processes
SOC 2350 Race & Ethnic Relations [D] 3   SOC 4020 Soc of Work 3
SOC 3500 Soc of Gender 3   SOC 4500 Soc of Organizations 3
SOC 4050 Social Inequality 3   SOC 4650 Urban Sociology 3
SOC 4160 Soc of Aging 3   SOC 4805 [4600] Principles of Population 3
Area C: Social Institutions   Area D: Individual and Society
SOC 3200 Soc of Religion 3   SOC 2400 Criminology 3
SOC 3605 Soc of Education 3   SOC 3110 Self and Society 3
SOC 3880 Political Sociology 3   SOC 3150 Col Behav & Soc Movements 3
SOC 4140 The Family 3   SOC 3400 Deviant Behavior 3
SOC 4350 Soc of Law 3   SOC 4440 Deviance and Social Control 3
Area E: Global Comparative Sociology    
SOC 3000 Social Change 3      
SOC 4110 Soc of Intl Development 3      
SOC 4300 The World System 3      
SOC 4370 Global Political Economy [G] 3      
      Total Required Hours in Areas: 12  

Elective courses:  Complete 9 additional hours of sociology courses, from the courses above and/or from additional sociology courses listed in the General Bulletin.  Electives may be used either to develop additional expertise in an area of interest or to broaden the student's sociological training. To learn about our internship course (SOC 4970), click here.

Total hours in Sociology courses: 35

Graduating with Honors

Sociology majors with a 3.2 overall GPA, a 3.5 GPA in sociology courses,  and one 5000-level sociology course can graduate with honors in sociology. They will be recognized with a certificate of achievement at the department’s annual graduation and honors banquet in April and will receive a $300 Wilbourne Excellence Scholarship Award.

Sociology minor

Students may elect to complete a minor in sociology, which provides a strong complement to many other disciplines. The undergraduate minor in sociology requires 18 hours of course work, including SOC 1000 with at least nine hours of sociology electives numbered 3000 and above. Students must earn a C or better in all courses counting for the minor.

What can you do with a sociology degree?

For career guidance, visit the site of the American Sociological Association. Go to the "Employment" tab and click on "Career Resources" or "Facts on Sociology Careers."  Also, click on this document which provides a number of excellent examples of how a sociology degree is a great career choice. To see other ideas for how to use your sociology degree, check out the ASA's new undergraduate newsletter The Independent Variable or check out this blog on career options for sociology majors. You can also visit with Dr. Holmes, our pre-law advisor, or talk careers with your academic advisor.

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