Apr 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Sociology, BA Major in

The Sociology Department provides its majors, minors, and other students with a rigorous and intellectually grounded understanding of the social world.  Our program is rooted in sociological theory and the scientific method, and it fosters the development of analytical skills that allow for the practice and evaluation of social research.  The Department is committed to using these tools to understand and address social problems and inequalities in global, institutional, and interpersonal social contexts.  Students are also encouraged to explore their own position in and relationship to society. The skills and knowledge developed in the study of sociology are applicable to a broad range of settings, including the public and private sectors, especially in the pursuit of advanced academic and professional degrees.

Program Requirements - Total Hours: 32

A total of 32 semester hours in sociology is required for the major. The following five courses are required of all majors, preferably in sequence:

One Additional Course

One course selected from:

Electives Chosen Under Advisement - Semester Hours: 12

A minimum of 12 hours of electives in other sociology courses, chosen under advisement.


All majors must complete an online survey and a graduation and career advisement interview with their major adviser or the department chairperson prior to graduation.


It is recommended that all sociology majors take the sociology section of the GRE before graduation. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for the 32 s.h. of sociology. Required sociology courses in which a grade of D is obtained will usually not be counted toward the 32 s.h. in sociology.

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