Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Thinking about majoring in sociology? Check out the American Sociological Association to learn more about the field of sociology and find out what careers are available for sociology majors. Students interested in the study of society and social classes should major in sociology. This B.A. degree is a good option for students with a desire to pursue careers in criminal justice, political science and journalism, among other industries. Upon completion of the program, sociology students will improve analytical and writing skills as well as enhance research and statistical analysis skills.

These topics are studied at two different levels: (1) theoretical understanding of major social issues through critical thinking and (2) practical application of research skills through training in statistics and research methods.

To complete the B.A. in Sociology, undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 sociology credits, as well as complete a minor program within the College of Liberal Arts for a minimum of 18 credits.

Required courses

  • SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 207 - Intro. to Sociological Theory
  • APST 207 or APST 270- Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • SOC 425 - Research Methods

In addition, sociology majors must take at least one three-credit course from each of the following three groups:

Group I: Social Structure and Social Change

  • SOC 342 - Social Stratification
  • SOC 345 - Social Movements and Collective Behavior
  • SOC 350 - Social Change
  • SOC 371 - Social Organization
  • SOC 376 - The Community
  • SOC 384 - Population
  • SOC 405 - Third World Societies
  • SOC 406 - Globalization and Society

Group II: Political, Legal, and Other Institutions

  • SOC 333 - Religion and Society
  • SOC 369 - Sociology of Law
  • SOC 373 - Political Sociology
  • SOC 391 - Bureaucracy & Large-Scale Organizations
  • SOC 393 - Industrial Sociology
  • SOC 457 - Society and Health
  • SOC 458 - Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 463 - Social Psychology of Education

Group III: Race, Gender, and Diversity

  • SOC 379 - Ethnic and Race Relations
  • SOC 409 - Gendered Violence
  • SOC 453 - Gender and Society
  • SOC 461 - White Identity, Race & Racism
  • SOC 464 - Conformity and Deviance
  • SOC 480 - The Family
  • SOC 483 - Family Violence
  • SOC 490 - Class, Race, and Gender

All sociology majors must also take three additional three-credit sociology courses as electives.



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