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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.


Degree Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs
Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs
B. Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs
C. Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)
D. 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 111View Syllabus General Sociology* 3 hrs
SOCI 270View Syllabus (ANTH 270) Minority Cultures and Relations* 3 hrs
SOCI 324View Syllabus (PSYC/BIOL 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences 3 hrs
SOCI 325View Syllabus (PSYC 325) Quantitative Research Methods or 3 hrs
SOCI/ANTH/PSYC 327 Qualitative Research Methods
SOCI 460View Syllabus Classical Social Theory 3 hrs
SOCI 470View Syllabus Contemporary Social Theory 3 hrs
SOCI 495View Syllabus Integrative Seminar 3 hrs
SOCI 175View Syllabus (PSYC 175) Introduction to Theory-based Research and Writing 3 hrs
E. Culture and Globalization Emphasis (A minimum of three courses, of which two must be upper-level.) 9 sem. hrs
SOCI 112View Syllabus (ANTH 112) General Anthropology 3 hrs
ANTH 212View Syllabus Cultural Anthropology* 3 hrs
SOCI 230View Syllabus Sports and Society 3 hrs
ANTH 341View Syllabus (SOCI 341) Religion and Society 3 hrs
ANTH 345View Syllabus (SOCI 345) Environment and Society 3 hrs
SOCI 380View Syllabus Sociology of Culture and Mass Media 3 hrs
ANTH 412View Syllabus (SOCI 412) Slavery and Human Trafficking: Past and Present* 3 hrs
F. Crime and Social Inequality Emphasis (A minimum of three courses, of which two must be upper-level.) 9 sem. hrs
SOCI 216View Syllabus American Social Problems 3 hrs
SOCI 218View Syllabus Social Deviance 3 hrs
SOCI 321View Syllabus Criminology 3 hrs
SOCI 331View Syllabus Juvenile Delinquency 3 hrs
SOCI 365View Syllabus (AMST 365) American Social Policy 3 hrs
SOCI 401View Syllabus The City 3 hrs
SOCI 421View Syllabus Class, Status, and Power 3 hrs
G. Gender and Identity Emphasis (A minimum of three courses, of which two must be upper-level.) 9 sem. hrs
SOCI 210View Syllabus (WMST 210) The Sociology of Gender 3 hrs
SOCI 310View Syllabus (WMST 310) Women and Society 3 hrs
SOCI 336View Syllabus (ANTH/WMST 336) Gender and Globalization 3 hrs
SOCI 360View Syllabus (PSYC 360) Social Psychology 3 hrs
SOCI 385View Syllabus (PSYC 385) Human Sexuality 3 hrs
SOCI 388View Syllabus (WMST 388) Fashion and Society 3 hrs
H. Electives 22-25 sem. hrs
I. Total 120 sem. hrs


The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree is available at the following locations:

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