Mar 19, 2018  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology, B.A.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology  
Meredith Dye, program coordinator

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It is an expanding field that addresses challenging issues such as family dynamics, inequality, patterns of behavior, and forces for social change and resistance. Sociologists’ research can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life, from crime to corporate downsizing.

Students must receive at least a C in each required course. Additionally, students must complete 3 hours emphasizing institutions and the sociological imagination and 3 hours of critical perspectives in sociology (see below). Ideally students should take SOC 3040 , SOC 3050 , and SOC 3060  early in the academic program, but no later than the junior year and prior to enrolling in SOC 4980  which should be completed during the senior year. In consultation with the student’s advisor, the remaining 12 hours of electives may be organized into an emphasis. Possible emphases include, but are not limited to, social inequalities, deviance and social control, work and family, and health and aging.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Sociology, B.A., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Science categories.

The following General Education courses are recommended for this major:

  • SOC 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1530 (Math) (recommended)

Major Requirements (34 hours)

Institution and Sociology Imagination

Choose 3 credit hours from the following:

Critical Perspectives

Choose 3 credit hours from the following:

Foreign Language Requirement (6 hours)

Students must successfully complete 2010 and 2020 or any courses numbered above the 2000 level in a single foreign language.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives or Minor (24-27 hours)

Total hours in the program: 120

Recommended Curriculum: Sociology

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


Subtotal: 29 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours


  • SOC 3060 - Sociological Theory 3 credit hours *
  • Foreign language 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 9 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • SOC elective 3 credit hours
  • SOC upper-division elective 3 credit hours
  • SOC ”institutions and sociological imagination” elective 3 credit hours *

Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 30 Hours


 *Required courses