Sociology (BA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Anthropology & Sociology 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.

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.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 43 required credit hours within the sociology major.
  • Of the required 43 hours, 21 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

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.

International Language Requirement

    • A minimum of three hours in a non-native language is required in addition to the requirements 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.
    • Transfer students who have completed their 3 credits at an institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled the requirement, as are students who have scored a "3" or higher on an Advanced Placement exam in a non-native language.
    • For students whose native language is not English, a passing grade on the TOEFL will count as their foreign language requirement. Students who are from bilingual families but have no evidence of academic study of the second language on a transcript will need to take one course.

Curriculum

The 43 credit hours required for the sociology major include the following:

  • 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)
  • Sociology Electives (12 hours)

At least ONE course 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 4276 Organizational Theory (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3276 Sociology of Media and Technology (3 hours)

Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

  • SOCI 2300 Topics in Deviance and Social Control (3 hours)
  • SOCI 2375 Social Problems (3 hours)
  • CRIM 3300 Criminology Theory (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3380 Transnational Crime (3 hours)

Inequality

  • SOCI 3450 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 Urban Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3575 Environmental Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOCI 4575 Demography and Social Network Analysis (3 hours)

Admission

Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.