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2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.A.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1)    familiarity with essential concepts
2)    apply sociology imagination to issues
3)    how sociological analysis informs policy
4)    value inquiry of social inequality
5)    knowledge of descriptive statistics
6)    understand different data collection strategies
7)    understand Marx, Durkheim, Weber
8)    understand contemporary debates in social theory
9)    critically assess published sociological research
10)    indepth understanding of one or more fields of sociology
11)    identify research question and appropriate methods, write a research report
12)    abililty to write effectively

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 36

Electives in sociology: (18 Credits)

Six electives in Sociology must be chosen. At least 6 credits must be at the 300-level. Students are encouraged to take classes across a broad range of topics in consultation with their advisors.


*Students who have taken ECON 205 , GEOG 278 , MATH 242 , MATH 262 , PLSC 251  or PSYC 250  will have fulfilled the SOCL 211  requirement but must take an additional 3 credit SOCL course to satisfy the 18 credits of SOCL courses needed for the Basic Requirements category.

Minimum Competence Requirement

Sociology majors are required to earn a minimum of a C- in each of the following courses - SOCL 100  , SOCL 211 , SOCL 302 SOCL 303 SOCL 365 , and the course used to fulfill the senior capstone requirement (SOCL 476 , SOCL 477 , SOCL 478 , or SOCL 479 ). If a C- is not earned in these classes (100, 211, 302, 303, 365, and senior capstone), students may ONLY repeat a class once to achieve the required minimum grade.

Department Writing Requirement

All majors shall successfully complete the existing program requirements. Program requirements involve extensive writing in at least 83 percent of the course offerings. To complete program requirements, students are required to write a variety of papers and essays. Students successfully completing two 300- or 400-level electives (with a minimum grade of C-) shall have completed the department


  1. For students who have received credit for a statistics course in another department, the Department Chair will waive this portion of the Major/Minor under the condition students will be responsible for adding another Sociology elective at or above the 200-level to complete the required elective credits for the Major/Minor. (Credit will not be granted for more than one 200-level statistic course.)
  2. No more than 3 of the 18 total elective credits may be earned through Internships and Directed Study. Internships may not be counted toward the required six credits of 300- or 400-level electives.
  3. No more than 6 credits at the 100-level may be applied to the major writing requirement.

Outline/Advising Guide*

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Third Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

SOCL 300 Level Elective Credit(s): 3
SOCL Elective Credit(s): 3
SOCL Senior Capston ot Elective  Credit(s): 3
Minor Requirement Credit(s): 3 *
Elective Credit(s): 3

Spring (14 Credit Hours)

Internship Credit(s): 6 *
SOCL Senior Capstone or Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 5

Total Credit Hours: 120

*This guide also includes an interdisciplinary minor (which is optional) and an optional internship. The interdisciplinary minors frequently chosen by sociology majors are Environmental Studies, Human Development, Legal Studies, Urban Studies, Conflict Studies, Sociomedical Sciences and Women’s Studies.

** Students may elect to begin the sequences of SOCL 211  & SOCL 302   and SOCL 303  & SOCL 365  in either spring or fall semester, since all four courses are generally offered each semester.

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.