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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Sociology, B.A.


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 deviance, intimate relationships and families, race and ethnicity, inequalities, gender, aging, social psychology, medical sociology, culture, education, religion, food, 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. 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, 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:

Communication Literacy Requirement. Communication Literacy Requirement. Students attending Texas Tech University for the first time in the Fall 2017 term or later will complete a Communication Literacy requirement in their program(s) of study.

Texas Tech University’s transition from the Writing Intensive requirement to the Communication Literacy requirement signals the university’s awareness that in addition to the fundamental role that writing plays in enabling students to explore, develop, focus, and organize a message, other types of communication must also be taught as appropriate for a student’s discipline. Throughout each program of study, then, students must be given ample opportunity to develop their skills in forms of communication central to that program. Communication Literacy courses for the Sociology major include: SOC 3392 , SOC 3393 , SOC 3394 , and SOC 3391 .

Recommended Sample Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 13

Spring


Total: 16

Second Year


Fall


  • ENGL Literature 3 Semester Credit Hours *
  • MATH Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours *
  • Sophomore Foreign Language 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • SOC Jr/Sr Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hour *
Total: 16

Spring


Total: 16

Third Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall


  • SOC Jr/Sr Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture 3 Semester Credit Hours *
  • Minor 6 Semester Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring


  • SOC Jr/Sr Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Creative Arts 3 Semester Credit Hours *
  • Minor 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Elective 2 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 14

Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements . At least 6 hours must be upper-division (3000 or 4000 level).
 

Sophomore Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.