May 30, 2023
Students may, if desired, complete a concentration in one of three substantive areas as part of the B.A. in Sociology degree. 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.
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
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.
Foundation Course (3 credit hours)
Sociological Theory Course (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Sociological Research Core Courses (8 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 (3 credit hours)
Select one SOCY course. Note: 9 out of 15 credit hours from the Restricted Elective Courses (3 credit hours) and Concentration Courses (12 credit hours) combined must be SOCY courses at the 3000 level or above. No more than 6 credit hours of sociology elective and concentration courses at the 2000 level will be calculated in the completion of the major and concentration.
- SOCY 2XXX-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.
Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)
Note: 9 out of 15 credit hours from the Restricted Elective Courses (3 credit hours) below and Concentration Courses (12 credit hours) combined must be SOCY courses at the 3000 level or above. No more than 6 credit hours of sociology elective and concentration courses at the 2000 level will be calculated in the completion of the major and concentration.
Required Concentration Course (3 credit hours)
Elective Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)
Select 3 of the following:
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
All Major Courses and the required Concentration Course 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. A GPA of 2.5 must be earned in the concentration.
For details about the Honors Program in Sociology, visit the program page .