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Degree Requirements

The BS in Sociology requires the completion of 120 credit hours. These hours include 39-42 hours in the major and 78-81 hours in general education/distribution requirements and general electives. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all major area courses and in MAT 152, which is the required general education mathematics course. To assure that the major area learning goals are achieved, the sociology curriculum is organized according to the following themes. Students must complete the Core Courses (15 credit hours) and a minimum of at least one course from each of the theme areas.

Core Courses (15 credit hours):

SOC 201Introduction to Sociology
SOC 370Social Psychology
SOC 409Research Methodology
SOC 423Sociological Theory
SOC 487Senior Seminar

Specialized Theme Courses (minimum of 3 credit hours from each area for a total minimum of 12 credit hours):

  1. Cultural Courses

    These courses address problems/issues regarding belief/value systems, folkways/mores, and world-views that underpin human action and legitimate social arrangements.

    SOC 306Sociology of Art
    SOC 320Sociology of Law
    SOC 349Sociology of Religion

  2. Organizational Course

    This course addresses problems / issues regarding formal and informal patterns of goal attainment with special emphasis on the utilization of resources, materials, and technology.

    SOC 317Sociology of Work

  3. Social Psychological Courses

    These courses address problems/issues regarding self-development and the relationship between the individual and society.

    SOC 246Marriage and the Family
    SOC 332Drugs and Society
    SOC 404Ethical Issues in Social Science Research

  4. Distributive Courses

    These courses address problems/issues regarding social differentiation and social inequalities.

    SOC 307Race and Ethnicity
    SOC 372Social Stratification
    SOC 394The World in America

Elective Sociology Courses can be selected from the theme courses noted above and from the following comprehensive courses:

SOC 204Social Problems
SOC 359Independent Study
SOC 410Theories of Deviance
SOC 426Sociology of Violence
SOC 455Sociology of the Family
SOC 499Internship

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