College of Liberal Arts
Department of Sociology
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B.A., B.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: 120 credits

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Sociology is a scientific discipline that teaches us about ourselves and the groups of which we are a part. The sociological perspective equips the graduate with critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills necessary for a variety of careers. A person with a sociology undergraduate degree can apply sociology in any work environment, including human services, government, business, community activism and public health agencies.

The sociology department also prepares individuals to pursue graduate studies in sociology or professional programs for careers in law, medicine, business, education and social policy.

Major--B.A. or B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the B.A. or B.S. degree requirements. As part of the baccalaureate core requirements, complete SOC 100X.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    SOC 201--Social Problems 3 credits
    SOC 263--Social Inequality and Stratification 3 credits
    SOC 303--Early Sociological Thought 3 credits
    SOC 308--Race and Ethnic Relations 3 credits
    SOC 373W--Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3 credits
    SOC 490--Capstone Seminar 3 credits
  4. Complete 1 course from the following research methods:
    SOC/PSY 250--Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
    STAT 200--Elementary Probability and Statistics 3 credits
    SOC/PSY 480W--Qualitative Social Science Research 3 credits
  5. Complete 12 credits * from the following electives:**
    SOC 202--Sociology of Popular Culture 3 credits
    SOC 242--The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 credits
    SOC 301--Rural Sociology 3 credits
    SOC 307O--Demography 3 credits
    SOC 309--Urban Sociology 3 credits
    SOC 310--Sociology of Aging 3 credits
    SOC/WMS 320--Sociology of Gender 3 credits
    SOC/PSY 330--Social Psychology 3 credits
    SOC/PSY 333/WMS 332--Human Sexuality Across Cultures 3 credits
    SOC 335--Deviance and Social Control 3 credits
    SOC/ED 345--Sociology of Education 3 credits
    SOC 350W--Childhood and Society 3 credits
    SOC 405O--Social Movements and Social Change 3 credits
    SOC 407O--Work and Occupations 3 credits
    SOC 435--Sociology of Law 3 credits
    SOC 440O--Environmental Sociology 3 credits
    SOC 460--Global Issues in Sociological Perspective 3 credits
    SOC/PSY 480W--Qualitative Social Science Research 3 credits
  6. Minimum credits required 120

    * Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.

    ** Courses from this group not used toward the major may be applied toward B.A. general degree requirements where applicable


  1. Complete the following:
    SOC electives 18
  2. Minimum credits required 18