About the Sociology Bachelor’s Program
Sociology is the study of groups in society and individuals in those groups. Areas of concentration and faculty expertise include criminology and deviance, intimate relationships and families, race and ethnicity, inequalities, gender, aging, social psychology, medical sociology, culture, education, religion, food, social geography, social research methods, and social theory. A major or minor in sociology is beneficial to students planning careers in a variety of areas, including business, law, law enforcement, government, international development, medicine, social services, education, public relations and marketing, and human relations. The department also offers a criminology concentration for sociology majors who wish to specialize in this area. Courses in sociology fulfill core curriculum requirements in the social and behavioral sciences and multicultural core requirements in the College of Arts & Sciences and the university.
A student majoring in sociology must complete 30 hours in sociology or criminology, 24 of which must be upper-division courses (3000 or 4000). At least 6 hours of the College of Arts & Sciences general education requirements must be upper-division. Communication Literacy requirements will be met in the required upper-division core courses specified below through numerical data analyses, written papers, and visual/audio in-person or Web-based presentations. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. Core course requirements are as follows:
- SOC 1301 , SOC 3391 , and SOC 3392 .
- Either SOC 3393 or SOC 3394 . Student expecting admission to graduate work in sociology should take both of these courses.
- 18 hours of sociology and/or criminology electives, with 15 hours at the 3000- or 4000-level.
Communication Literacy Requirement. Communication Literacy courses for the Sociology major include: SOC 3391 , SOC 3392 , SOC 3393 , and SOC 3394 .