With a bachelor's degree in sociology, you learn to ask important questions, conduct research and analyze data. You'll apply your knowledge to address some of society's most pressing issues like crime, racial and gender discrimination, and healthcare inequity. Our program is particularly strong in criminology, sociology of health and mental health, social psychology and family studies. Our faculty teach courses and conduct research in the following areas:
- Criminal and deviant behavior
- Lethal, non-lethal and sexual violence
- Alcohol and drug use
- Homeland security and terrorism
- Social organization
- Medical sociology
- Culture and sports
We offer two concentrations of study:
Both areas will build your skills as a researcher, communicator and critical thinker and prepare you for a variety of careers or graduate study.
BA Curriculum Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts in sociology requires a total of 120 credit hours as follows:
University Core Requirements (41 hours)
See the full list of university core courses.
College Core Requirements (8 hours)
Supporting Coursework (3 hours)
|Comm 1000 Public Speaking||3|
Required Courses (13 hours)
|STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences||4|
|SOCY 3700 Research Methods or ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods||3|
|SOCY 3500 Minority Groups||3|
|SOCY 3400 Social Thought or SOCY 4400 Contemporary Theory or SOCY 4700 Theories of Crime and Criminology||3|
Major Concentration (18 hours)
Students will choose one area of concentration:
See the list of concentration courses. Twelve (12) of the eighteen (18) hours in a concentration area must have a SOCY designation. A grade of C or better must be earned in each required major course. No more than 6 hours of lower division (1000- and 2000-level) courses can be used in a major concentration area.
Students may take 6 hours from any of the following areas:
- AFRI (including AFRI 2000)
- HDFS (may include HDFS 2000 or HSFS 2010)
- MILS (may include any two of the following: MILS 2010/11, MILS 2020/21, MILS 3010/11, MILS 3020/21)
- NAVS (may include any two of the following: NAVS 2010, NAVS 3030, NAVS 4020)
- STAT (including STAT 2710)
- WMST (including WMST 2100)
Students are responsible for ensuring that prerequisites for these courses are met.
Electives (29-31 hours)
Students are required to complete a minor as part of elective courses.