College of Liberal Arts
Department of Sociology

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 F201--Social Problems--3 credits
    SOC F263--Social Inequality and Stratification--3 credits
    SOC F303--Early Sociological Thought--3 credits
    SOC F308--Race and Ethnic Relations--3 credits
    SOC F373W--Research Methods in the Social Sciences--3 credits
    SOC F490--Capstone Seminar--3 credits
  4. Complete one course from the following research methods:
    SOC/PSY F250--Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences--3 credits
    STAT F200X--Elementary Probability and Statistics--3 credits
    SOC/PSY F480W--Qualitative Social Science Research--3 credits
  5. Complete 12 credits* from the following electives:**
    SOC F202--Sociology of Popular Culture--3 credits
    SOC F242--The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective--3 credits
    SOC F301--Rural Sociology--3 credits
    SOC F307O--Demography--3 credits
    SOC F309--Urban Sociology--3 credits
    SOC F310--Sociology of Aging--3 credits
    SOC/WMS F320--Sociology of Gender--3 credits
    SOC/PSY F330--Social Psychology--3 credits
    SOC/PSY F333/WMS F332--Human Sexualities Across Cultures--3 credits
    SOC F335--Deviance and Social Control--3 credits
    SOC/ED F345--Sociology of Education--3 credits
    SOC F350W--Childhood and Society--3 credits
    SOC F405O--Social Movements and Social Change--3 credits
    SOC F407O--Work and Occupations--3 credits
    SOC F435--Sociology of Law--3 credits
    SOC F440O--Environmental Sociology--3 credits
    SOC F460--Global Issues in Sociological Perspective--3 credits
    SOC/PSY F480W--Qualitative Social Science Research--3 credits
  6. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* 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 F201--Social Problems--3 credits
    SOC electives--15 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--18 credits