Degree Requirements

Sociology (BS)

Sociology (BS) 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 201 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 370 Social Psychology
  • SOC 409 Research Methodology
  • SOC 410 Theories of Deviance


  • SOC 423 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 487 Senior Seminar

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

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

Organizational Courses

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 317 Sociology of Work
  • SOC 356 Schools and Society

Social Psychological Courses

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

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

Distributive Courses

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

  • SOC 307 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 352 Sociology of Immigration
  • SOC 372 Social Stratification
  • SOC 405 Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender

Elective Courses

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

  • SOC 200 Perspective Consciousness
  • SOC 202 Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 204 Social Problems
  • SOC 300 Special Topics
  • SOC 359 Independent Study
  • SOC 410 Theories of Deviance
  • SOC 423 Sociological Theory or SOC 410 Theories of Deviance
  • SOC 426 Sociology of Violence
  • SOC 455 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 499 Internship

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