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Sociology, B.A.

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Students may, if desired, complete a concentration in one of three substantive areas as part of the B.A. in Sociology degree:  (1) Sociological Social Psychology ; (2) Social Problems and Policy ; and (3) Organizations, Occupations, and Work .  The concentration is optional.  The concentration requires a total of 4 courses, in which one is a required course for the specific concentration and the other three courses are selected from an approved list of electives for the specific concentration.  These courses will not add to the total number of hours required for the major, but will count toward the elective hours already required for the major.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Declaration of Major:  Change of Major form accepted year-round; attendance at orientation/advising session required for major declaration.  Declaration form will be distributed at orientation/advising session.
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24

Degree Requirements

A Major in Sociology leading to the B.A. degree consists of a minimum of 32 credit hours of sociology courses with a minimum of 120 total credit hours, completion of general education requirements, and a minor or double major.  All Sociological Theory Core courses, Sociological Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis, and Senior Seminar courses are restricted to majors and minors only.  Some double majors may only have 31 credit hours of approved sociology courses with substitution of Research Methods courses: Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science.  At least three credit hours designated (W) must be in the major.

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

For details, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement 

Foundation Course (3 credit hours)

Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)

All Sociology majors, except for those students enrolled as Sociology Honors students, must complete a Senior Seminar course.  Sociology Honors students are exempt from this requirement pending successful completion of SOCY 3799 .

Restricted Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

9 of the 12 credit hours must be SOCY courses at the 3000 level or above.  No more than 6 credit hours of sociology electives at the 2000 level will be calculated in the completion of the major. 

  • SOCY 2XXX-4XXX - Sociology Elective (3)
  • SOCY 2XXX-4XXX - Sociology Elective (3)
  • SOCY 3XXX-4XXX - Sociology Elective (3)
  • SOCY 3XXX-4XXX - Sociology Elective (3)
  • SOCY 3XXX-4XXX - Sociology Elective (3)

Related Courses (18 credit hours)

A minimum of 18 credit hours of related coursework must be completed for graduation.  This can be done by a minor or double major.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

All Major Courses above must be completed with a grade of C or above.  Majors are allowed a maximum of three attempts, which include any grade of D, F, or W, of any of the courses to fulfill their major requirements.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Sociology, visit the program page .

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