Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Degree Requirements

Completion of requirements for a bachelor’s degree

  • A minimum of 120 academic (non-PE) semester hours of credit.
  • At least 42 academic credits must be upper division (300- to 400-level).
  • A cumulative scholastic average of 2.0.
  • General education courses must be completed with an average GPA of at least 2.0.
  • All general education, major, minor, area of concentration, or teacher licensure requirements must be satisfied.
  • All students must demonstrate writing proficiency by the end of the sophomore year.
  • No D grade may apply to a major or minor field.

Completion of SOC 201: The Sociological Imagination is a prerequisite for all other sociology courses.

All sociology majors must take the following 39 hours of core courses:

(Note: LS 225: Research Skills for the Behavioral Sciences (1 credit) is a pre- or co-requisite for SOC 245 and SOC 251 and a prerequisite for SOC 455.)

  • SOC 201: Soc Imagination GT-SS3 (3 hours)
  • SOC 245: Criminology (3 hours)
  • SOC 251: Social Problems (3 hours)
  • SOC 311: Social Statistics (4 hours)
    • BUS 120: Business Computer Applications (3 hours) is a prerequisite for SOC 311.
    • MATH 106: College Algebra (3 credits) is the recommended math prerequisite for SOC 311.
  • SOC 340: Readings in Sociology (2 hours)
  • SOC 365: Race, Culture, and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • SOC 395: Pre-Professional Seminar (2 hours)
  • SOC 401: Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • SOC 419: Gender and Society (3 hours)
  • SOC 445: Sociological Theory (3 hours)
  • SOC 455: Sociological Research Methods (4 hours)

Sociology Electives Courses (6 elective credits)

  • SOC 305: Rural Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOC 315: Sociology of Education (3 hours)
  • SOC 318: Race,” Class, and Gender” (3 hours)
  • SOC 320: Marriages and Families (3 hours)
  • SOC 379: Special Topics (.5 TO 5 hours)
  • SOC 419: Gender and Society (3 hours)
  • SOC 425: Environment and Society (3 hours)
  • SOC 444: Deviance and Control (3 hours)
  • SOC 479: Special Topics (1 TO 5 hours)

**For students choosing the Criminology emphasis, SOC 352, SOC 370, and SOC 470 are also available as elective courses; for students choosing the Social Work emphasis, SOC 346, SOC 347,

and SOC 447 are also available as elective courses.

Students choose one of the following emphases (to complete the final 12 credits required for the 51-credit sociology major):

Criminology Emphasis

  • SOC 346: Criminal Justice (3 hours)
  • SOC 347: Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
  • SOC 447: Correctional Systems (3 hours)
  • SOC 494: Internship in Criminology (3 TO 6 hours)

Social Work Emphasis

  • SOC 352: Social Work Practices (3 hours)
  • SOC 370: Poverty and Wealth (3 hours)
  • SOC 470: Social and Public Programs (3 hours)
  • SOC 493: Internship in Social Work (3 TO 6 hours)

All sociology majors must meet the requirements of the Local Writing Assessment in Sociology.

All sociology majors must complete the following sociology assessment plan:

  1. ETS Field Test in Sociology
  2. Major Research Project in Sociological Research Methods
  3. Internship Final Review