Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology

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Sociology is the systematic study of human social life, groups, and societies. Sociology can reveal how society works, what motivates individuals to behave in certain ways, how particular rules and norms get established, why people obey those rules and norms, how seemingly invisible social forces might govern our behavior, and how the outcome of our lives are frequently determined by forces largely outside of our control.  It can even help us understand why we might sometimes act in ways that are contrary to our deeply held beliefs.

General Sociology

Work in sociology begins with Introduction to Sociology (SOC 204) or Social Inequality (SOC 207), both of which provide an introduction to the discipline. They emphasize how sociology can be applied to contemporary social issues. Students specializing in general sociology move on to courses that provide a more in-depth study of social institutions. Courses on social stratification, social psychology, social change, and sociological theory help to tie these diverse areas together by providing perspectives that are useful in the study of any institutional area. Finally, courses in methodology and statistics provide a tool kit of analytical and research skills that are useful both in sociology courses and in whatever activities the student pursues after graduation.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Core Courses
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology (May be replaced by SOC 207 Social Inequality)4
SOC 310Social Theory4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 312Statistical Analysis in Sociology 14
Upper-Division Courses
400-level lecture courses (407, 410–499) 212
300- or 400-level courses8
Additional Courses
Sociology courses (any level)12
Total Credits48

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Core Courses
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology (May be replaced by SOC 207 Social Inequality)4
SOC 310Social Theory4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 312Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
Upper-Division Courses
400-level lecture courses (407, 410–499) 112
300- or 400-level courses8
Additional Courses
Sociology courses (any level)12
Total Credits48

Curriculum

Undergraduate courses in sociology are offered at four levels.

  • Topical courses at the 100 level provide an introduction to a specific facet of sociology.
  • Courses at the 200 level provide a broad introduction to the field. Basic courses are Introduction to Sociology (SOC 204) and Social Inequality (SOC 207). Completion of one 200-level course is a major requirement. One must also be taken to advance to some 300-level courses.
  • Courses at the 300 level extend the student’s knowledge of subjects covered in the 200-level courses and provide an introduction to social research methods and social theory.
  • Courses at the 400 level are advanced and specialized. Most build on background obtained in the 100-, 200- and 300-level courses. As prerequisites for enrollment in some 400-level courses, students must successfully complete one or more of the core courses: Social Theory (SOC 310)Research Methods (SOC 311)Statistical Analysis in Sociology (SOC 312). Upper-division (300- and 400-level) classes are usually smaller in size than the lower-division classes and provide more opportunity for faculty-student interaction.

Courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C– or better; at least a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) must be achieved in these courses. Four credits from a course not numbered 401–409 may be taken pass/no pass (P/N); P grades must be earned to apply them to the major.

Courses numbered 401–406 may be taken pass/no pass (P/N); P grades must be earned to apply them to the major. No more than 8 credits from these courses may be applied to the major.

Concentration in Critical Thinking with Data

Core Courses
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology (May be replaced by SOC 207 Social Inequality)4
SOC 310Social Theory4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 412Sociological Research Methods4
Upper-Division Courses
SOC 413Sociological Research Methods4
SOC 416Issues in Environmental Sociology [Topic]4
or SOC 442 Issues in Urban Sociology: [Topic]
or SOC 450 Sociology of Developing Areas
or SOC 456 Feminist Theory
or SOC 457 Sex and Society
or SOC 475 Marxist Sociological Theory
or SOC 484 Issues in Deviance, Control, and Crime: [Topic]
SOC 425Issues in Sociology of Family: [Topic]4
or SOC 445 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: [Topic]
or SOC 446 Issues in Sociology of Work: [Topic]
or SOC 447 Issues in Sociology of Organizations: [Topic]
or SOC 451 Social Stratification
or SOC 452 Issues of Migration: [Topic]
or SOC 465 Political Sociology
or SOC 467 Economic Sociology
or SOC 491 Sociology of Education
300- or 400-level courses12
Additional Courses
Sociology courses (any level)8
Total Credits48


 

Concentration in Culture, Identities, and Institutions

Core Courses
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology (May be replaced by SOC 207 Social Inequality)4
SOC 310Social Theory4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 312Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
Upper-Division Courses
SOC 328Self and Society4
SOC 317Sociology of the Mass Media4
or SOC 330 Sociology of the Family
or SOC 346 Work and Occupations
or SOC 370 Urban Sociology
or SOC 385 Medical Sociology
SOC 355Sociology of Gender4
or SOC 345 Race and Ethnicity
400 Level Sociology Coursework:12
Issues in Cultural Sociology: [Topic] (Cultural Sociology)
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: [Topic]
Issues in Sociology of Gender: [Topic]
Sex and Society
Issues of Migration: [Topic]
Social Stratification
Issues in Sociology of Family: [Topic]
Issues in Sociology of Work: [Topic]
Issues in Sociology of Organizations: [Topic]
Political Sociology
Economic Sociology
Sociology of Education
Additional Courses
Sociology courses (any level)8
Total Credits48

Concentration in Environment, Health, and Community

Core Courses
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology (May be replaced by SOC 207 Social Inequality)4
SOC 310Social Theory4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 312Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
Upper-Division Courses
SOC 304Community, Environment, and Society4
Choose Two Courses From The Following:8
Work and Occupations
Urban Sociology
Medical Sociology
400 Level Sociology Courses12
Issues in Environmental Sociology [Topic] (SOC485 Health & Society Approved Fall 2020)
Issues in Urban Sociology: [Topic]
Issues in Sociology of Work: [Topic]
Additional Courses
Sociology courses (any level)8
Total Credits48

Concentration in Inequalities, Crime, and Social Justice

Core Courses
SOC 204Introduction to Sociology (May be replaced by SOC 207 Social Inequality)4
SOC 310Social Theory4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 312Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
Upper-Division Courses
SOC 301American Society4
or SOC 304 Community, Environment, and Society
or SOC 313 Social Issues and Movements
or SOC 355 Sociology of Gender
or SOC 370 Urban Sociology
SOC 345Race and Ethnicity4
SOC 380Introduction: Deviance, Control, and Crime4
400 Level Sociology Courses8
Choose Two Courses from the Following:
Issues in Urban Sociology: [Topic]
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: [Topic]
Social Stratification
Political Sociology
Marxist Sociological Theory
SOC 484Issues in Deviance, Control, and Crime: [Topic]4
Additional Courses
Sociology courses (any level)8
Total Credits48