Sociology (BA)


College of Arts & Sciences/Behavioral and Social Sciences Department

Program Description

Courses in sociology (SOCI) teach students to develop a “sociological imagination,” providing students with the tools to systematically study society, social change, and social stability; to understand the structures and patterns that shape social interaction between individuals, groups, and nations; to recognize the ways individual choices are influenced by larger social structures; to critically interpret social patterns from multiple perspectives; and to understand human diversity and cultural variation locally and globally.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in sociology. 
  • Analyze and apply research methods in sociology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation. 
  • Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to sociology. 
  • Evaluate the diversity within and across countries.
  • Assess, explain, and predict the effect of structural factors on personal, social, and organizational issues.

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Special Requirements

  • A minimum of 43 credit hours must be selected from within sociology. Within the required 43 hours, 21 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
  • In addition to the sociology requirements, a minimum of three hours in a non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are required for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. Students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English will be considered to have achieved their foreign language requirement if they successfully pass an ESL test of their English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL).
  • No more than 6 credit hours obtained in senior thesis, practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 43 credit hours required for a major.
  • Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved SOCI course work from other colleges/universities towards the SOCI major. Students may transfer in 3 credit hours of approved foreign language course work to meet the International Language requirement for sociology.
  • Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 43 required credit hours
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

Within the 43 credit hours students are required to complete the following courses:

  • SOCI 1100 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOCI 1800 Careers in Sociology (1 hour)
  • SOCI 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • SOCI 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3550 Sociological Theory (3 hours)
  • SOCI 4900 Senior Overview
    -OR- SOCI 4825 Senior Thesis (3 hours)

At least ONE course must be completed from EACH of the following five content areas:

Social Interaction and Change

    • SOCI 2175 Social Movements (3 hours)
    • SOCI 3175 Social Psychology (3 hours)
    • SOCI 4175 Globalization and Social Change (3 hours)

Social Institutions

    • SOCI 2275 Topics in Social Institutions (3 hours)
    • SOCI 3275 Work and Occupations (3 hours)
    • SOCI 4275 Sociology of Mass Communications (3 hours)

Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

    • SOCI 2350 Criminology Theory (3 hours)
    • SOCI 2375 Social Problems (3 hours)
    • SOCI 3375 Deviance and Social Control (3 hours)

Inequality

    • SOCI 2475 Sex and Gender (3 hours)
    • SOCI 3475 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
    • SOCI 4475 Class, Status, and Power (3 hours)

Demography and Community

    • SOCI 2575 Cities and Suburbs (3 hours)
    • SOCI 3575 Human Ecology (3 hours)
    • SOCI 4575 Social Demography (3 hours)
  • Sociology Electives (12 hours)

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-Revised September 7, 2013-

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