Programs of Study in Sociology

Bachelor of Science in Social Science Sociology Major

Sociology is a science based on observation, generalization and interpretation of human social behavior, groups, societies and socially constructed organizations, institutions and cultures. This program is especially helpful for the student seeking a liberal arts degree and planning additional work in education, social work, guidance, counseling, business, or government, as well as those planning for graduate-level education in a social science, law, education, or business. Majoring in sociology prepares students for effective study and research in graduate programs, professional degree programs, and certification programs such as social work, human resources management, organizational management, labor organizing, law, counseling, clinical sociology, corrections, law enforcement, law administration, governmental social policy analysis, census work, and demographics. Bachelor-level practice is also available in many of these same occupations.

The Sociology major consists of 41 total credits. Of those 41 credits, 26 are required course work and 15 are elective course work. The required courses include introductory level courses designed to give both sociology majors and non-sociology majors a broad background in the field. Other required courses include a computer course, a statistics course, and a research methods course. The student majoring in sociology must choose to take two courses from a list of four courses which span the four major areas of sociology: gender, organizations, criminology, and race. Finally, the student must complete a course in theory and the capstone course.

Core Curriculum Courses Credit Hours
COS 1100: Computer Literacy 3
SOC 1100: Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 1200: Social Problems 3
#SOC 3015 :Integrated Statistics and Methodology for the Social Sciences 3
*SOC 4990: Senior Seminar 4
Choose two courses from the list below:

  • SOC 3300: Sociology of Gender (3)
  • SOC 3400: Complex Organizations (3)
  • SOC 3500: Criminology (3)
  • SOC 3600: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3)
Choose one courses from the list below:

  • *SOC 4100: Classical Sociological Theory (4)
  • *SOC 4200: Modern Sociological Theory (4)
15 Hours of Upper Division Courses Approved By Advisor 15

#Students who plan to attend graduate school are encouraged to take the two-course sequence SOC 3025 and SOC 3030 in place of SOC 3015. With the two-course sequence, SOC 3030 will count as an upper level elective. Before making a decision students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Social Sciences.

*To successfully complete the Sociology major the student must first complete SOC 3015: Integrated Statistics and Methodology for the Social Sciences (or the two substitute courses SOC 3025: Research Statistics and SOC 3030: Research Methods). Second, the student must complete SOC 4100: Classical Sociological Theory or SOC 4200: Modern Sociological Theory. Third, the student must complete SOC 4990: The Project of Sociology (capstone course). These courses must be taken in this order and it is expected that students can complete these three (or four) courses in their Junior and Senior years. If the student wishes to graduate early, then this sequence must begin in the sophomore year.

Minor in Sociology

A minor includes at least 18 credit hours in sociology, 12 of which must be in courses at the 3000 level or above. A course applied to requirements for a major may not be applied to requirements for the minor.