About the Sociology Bachelor’s Program
Sociology is the study of groups in society and individuals in those groups. Areas of specialization and faculty expertise include criminology and delinquency, intimate relationships and families, race and ethnicity, inequality, gender, aging, social psychology, medical sociology, religion, 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, and social services. 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 and Sciences and the university.
A student majoring in sociology must complete 30 hours in sociology, 24 of which must be upper-division courses (3000 or 4000). At least 6 hours of the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements must be upper-division. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. Core course requirements are as follows:
Criminology Concentration. Criminology is the sociological study of law-making, law-breaking, and social control. Sociology majors who wish to specialize in the study of criminology and receive the notation “Criminology Concentration” on their transcripts are required to complete the core course requirements for the sociology major plus the additional requirements as follows:
- Two core courses, both of which must be taken: SOC 3327 and SOC 4325 .
- Four alternate upper-division courses to be chosen from SOC 2333 , SOC 2335 , SOC 3326 , SOC 3333 , SOC 3335 , SOC 3368 , SOC 3383 , SOC 4327 ; FSCI 2308 , ANTH 3303 , ANTH 4320 , ANTH 4343 ; PSY 4384 .
- Two upper-division SOC electives.
The sociology major with a concentration in criminology requires a total of 36 hours of sociology and/or approved courses in the above related areas.
Minor. Students minoring in sociology must complete 18 hours of sociology, including SOC 1301 .
Students must receive a grade of C or better in each sociology course if they wish it to count toward a major or minor in sociology or in the criminology concentration.
The minimum prerequisite or corequisite that is recommended for all advanced courses is SOC 1301 or consent of instructor, unless otherwise indicated in the course description.