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Sociology, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology requires a minimum of 120 credits, with at least 30 of those credits in sociology and other approved courses. The baccalaureate curriculum in sociology seeks to ensure that each student develops a solid foundation in the basic principles, theories and techniques of analysis in sociology. It also encourages students to pursue an interdisciplinary approach by incorporating course credit from closely related subject areas in other programs. Since students majoring in sociology vary in their interests and career goals, the curriculum allows for a great deal of flexibility in developing individual courses of study. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in sociology usually will take more than the minimum number of upper-level courses. The program provides opportunities for involvement in faculty research through its course offerings, which include independent study, internships and honors research.

Degree requirements for Sociology, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Understand sociological theory
  • Understand diversity
  • Understand inequality
  • Understand sociological concepts
  • Understand research methodology
  • Effective writing skills
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Oral communication skills
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
Collateral requirement (3 credits)  
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
Major core requirements (12 credits)  
SOCY 101 General Sociology 3
SOCY 320/POLI 320 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
SOCY 402 Sociological Theory 3
SOCY 406 Sociology Senior Seminar 3
Sociology electives (18 credits)  
300- to 400-level sociology course 9
300- to 400-level sociology, anthropology or social science course 6
300- to 400-level sociology course or upper-level course from approved sociology elective list below 3
Open electives (41-55 credits)  
Open electives 41-55
Total minimum requirement 120

Approved sociology electives

ANTH 301/BIOL 341 Human Evolution (WI)
ANTH/INTL 305 Comparative Perspectives on Cultures and Societies
ANTH/INTL 415 Economic Anthropology
ANTH/RELS/INTL 425 Religion, Magic and Witchcraft (WI)

Criminal justice
CRJS 355 Foundations of Criminal Justice
CRJS/GSWS 382 Women in the Justice System

GEOG/URSP 306 Economic Geography (WI)
GEOG/ANTH 312 History of Human Settlement
GEOG/INTL/URSP 340 World Cities Outside of North America

Political science
POLI 303 Public Opinion, Polling and the Media
POLI/AFAM/GSWS 318 Politics of Race, Class and Gender
POLI/INTL 358 Concepts of Comparative Government
POLI/INTL 365 International Political Economy (WI)

PSYC 310 Industrial Psychology
PSYC 321 Social Psychology
PSYC 323 Interpersonal Relations

Religious studies
RELS/INTL 311, 312 Religions of the World
RELS 334 Religion in Contemporary America

Social science
SOCS 303 Marriage and Family Relationships
SOCS 340 Human Sexuality
SOCS 389 AIDS: Myths and Realities

Urban studies
URSP 304 Urban Social Systems
URSP/GEOG 306 Economic Geography
URSP 315 The Evolution of American Cities
URSP 316 Urban Life in Modern America
URSP/GEOG/INTL 340 World Cities Outside North America
URSP 350/FRLG 345/INTL 345 Great Cities of the World

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