Bachelors (BA) in Sociology

The sociology major offers a 39-semester-hour course of study that is designed to prepare students for admission into graduate programs, careers in higher education or research, and/or entry-level practice positions within a variety of private and public settings where knowledge of human relationships and methodological skills is helpful. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in sociology will:

  • Understand the role of theory in building sociological knowledge and basic theoretical orientations
  • Understand the role of evidence and basic methodological approaches to gathering evidence as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each method
  • Understand basic concepts in sociology and their fundamental theoretical interrelations, including culture, social change, socialization, stratification, social structure and institutions
  • Understand the reciprocal relationships between individuals and society, and how the self develops under the influence of societal and structural factors
  • Recognize the internal diversity of American society and its place in the international context, including the race, class, gender and age of its population
  • Understand the utility of the sociological perspective as one of several perspectives on social reality and the importance of reducing the negative effects of social inequality

Major Requirements

SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology 3
SOCI 340 Statistical Procedures 3
SOCI 373 Social Theory 3
SOCI 390 Research Methods 3
SOCI 480 Senior Research Project 3

Sociology (SOCI) coursework

6

Concentrations (18 hours)

Students must select one of the following concentrations:  
Community and Families
Students must choose six of the following courses:  
SOCI 320 Men and Women in Society 3
SOCI 323 Sociology of Families 3
SOCI 326 Sociology of Sexuality 3
SOCI 360 Crime and Deviance 3
SOCI 363 Social Stratification 3
SOCI 380 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOCI 461 International Trade 3
SOCI 475 Internship 3
Social Justice and Inequality
Students must choose six of the following courses:  
SOCI 303 International Conflict and Peace 3
SOCI 320 Men & Women in Society 3
SOCI 360 Crime and Deviance 3
SOCI 363 Social Stratification 3
SOCI 366 Social Change 3
SOCI 370 Global Political Economy 3
SOCI 380 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOCI 410 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOCI 475 Internship 3
Global and Cultural Studies
Students must choose six of the following courses:  
SOCI 303 International Conflict and Peace 3
SOCI 310 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOCI 320 Men and Women in Society 3
SOCI 323 Sociology of Families 3
SOCI 326 Sociology of Sexuality 3
SOCI 363 Social Stratification 3
SOCI 366 Social Change 3
SOCI 380 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOCI 475 Internship 3
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