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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies. It is the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. Sociology is the scientific study of how our lives are shaped by social institutions, such as family, schools, religious institutions, mass media, government, etc. It includes the analysis of social issues and problems such as poverty, crime, deviance, racism, sexism, homophobia, as well as the analysis of social change, e.g. through policy, social movements, cultural phenomena, technological innovations, or new ideas and values. A Bachelor's degree in Sociology prepares students to pursue graduate study in sociology and in other related areas such as business law, public policy, urban planning, and social work. It also develops valuable skills in data analysis, social trend research, program evaluation and organizational management that are highly marketable for entry positions and occupational advancement in business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Sociology graduates enter a wide range of fields, from teaching to advocacy.


Psychology and Sociology Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)

Core Requirements: 24 sem. hrs

  • (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  • SOCI 111 General Sociology* 3 hrs
  • SOCI 270 (ANTH 270) Minority Cultures and Relations* 3 hrs
  • SOCI 324 (PSYC/BIOL 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences 3 hrs
  • SOCI 325 (PSYC 325) Quantitative Research Methods or 3 hrs
  • SOCI/ANTH/PSYC 327 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 460 Classical Social Theory 3 hrs
  • SOCI 470 Contemporary Social Theory 3 hrs
  • SOCI 495 Integrative Seminar 3 hrs
  • SOCI 175 (PSYC 175) Introduction to Theory-based Research and Writing 3 hrs

Culture and Globalization Emphasis (A minimum of three courses, of which two must be upper-level.) 9 sem. hrs

  • SOCI 112 (ANTH 112) General Anthropology 3 hrs
  • ANTH 212 Cultural Anthropology* 3 hrs
  • SOCI 230 Sports and Society 3 hrs
  • ANTH 341 (SOCI 341) Religion and Society 3 hrs
  • ANTH 345 (SOCI 345) Environment and Society 3 hrs
  • SOCI 380 Sociology of Culture and Mass Media 3 hrs
  • ANTH 412 (SOCI 412) Slavery and Human Trafficking: Past and Present* 3 hrs

Crime and Social Inequality Emphasis (A minimum of three courses, of which two must be upper-level.) 9 sem. hrs

  • SOCI 216 American Social Problems 3 hrs
  • SOCI 218 Social Deviance 3 hrs
  • SOCI 321 Criminology 3 hrs
  • SOCI 331 Juvenile Delinquency 3 hrs
  • SOCI 365 (AMST 365) American Social Policy 3 hrs
  • SOCI 401 The City 3 hrs
  • SOCI 421 Class, Status, and Power 3 hrs

Gender and Identity Emphasis (A minimum of three courses, of which two must be upper-level.) 9 sem. hrs

  • SOCI 210 (WMST 210) The Sociology of Gender 3 hrs
  • SOCI 310 (WMST 310) Women and Society 3 hrs
  • SOCI 336 (ANTH/WMST 336) Gender and Globalization 3 hrs
  • SOCI 360 (PSYC 360) Social Psychology 3 hrs
  • SOCI 385 (PSYC 385) Human Sexuality 3 hrs
  • SOCI 388 (WMST 388) Fashion and Society 3 hrs

Electives 22-25 sem. hrs

Total 120 sem. hrs


The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree is available online and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.


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