The Sociology Major

Sociology is the study of human social behavior and sociologists examine interactions within and between groups and resulting social institutions. The undergraduate program in sociology provides a general analysis and broad understanding of human societies and culture for persons in all fields. Selecting courses around a topic or theme of interest adds meaning to one’s education and strengthens the base of understanding from which one can pursue a career or further education. Two options are currently available for those interested — Crime and Justice, and Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology although students can shape a custom theme such as international development or social policy.

A minimum of 48 credits of sociology coursework, to include the following:

  • SOC 204 - Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits (prerequisite to all upper division courses)
  • SOC 315 - Methods I - Research Design - 4 credits (prerequisites: SOC 204 and junior standing)
  • SOC 316 - Methods II: Quantitative Analysis - 4 credits (prerequisites: SOC 204, SOC 315, and junior standing)
  • SOC 413 - Sociological Theory - 4 credits (prerequisites: SOC 204 and junior standing)
  • Sociology Electives - 33 credits (see INTEREST AREAS below)

Additional recommendations and restrictions:

  1. A GPA of 2.5 must be earned in sociology course work. A grade of C- or better is required in SOC 315, SOC 316, and SOC 413. Upper division coursework cannot be taken S/U.
  2. A maximum of 8 credits from SOC 406 (projects) and/or SOC 410 (internship) may be applied to the 48 credit minimum.
  3. A maximum of 12 credits of lower division sociology can be transferred/accepted toward sociology requirements.
  4. Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. emphasizes foreign language study, while the B.S. involves science, computer science, and quantitative studies. See an advisor to discuss the best choice for you.

 

Undergraduate Major Degree Maps

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, 4 years, without major option

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 4 years, without major option

 

Options

Crime and Justice
Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology  eCampus

INTEREST AREAS
(all courses four credits except where indicated)

The clusters of courses listed below illustrate ways in which students may organize their elective coursework in sociology. Students may also design their own cluster in consultation with a faculty advisor. Interest clusters are for guidance purposes only and are not required.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • *SOC 205 - Institutions & Social Change (3)
  • *SOC 360 - Population Trends & Policy
  • *SOC 421 - Social Change & Modernization
  • *SOC 456 - Science & Technology in Social Context
  • SOC 460 - The Sociology of Globalization
  • SOC 466 - International Development: Gender Issues
SOCIAL INTERACTION AND GROUP RELATIONS
  • SOC 418 - Qualitative Sociology
  • SOC 424 - Social Psychology
  • SOC 430 - Gender & Society
  • SOC 437 - Race & Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 453 - Sociology of Sport
  • SOC 470 - Collective Behavior & Social Movements
DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL
  • SOC 241 - Introduction to Crime & Justice
  • SOC 340 - Deviant Behavior & Social Control
  • SOC 439 - Welfare & Social Services
  • SOC 440 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 441 - Criminology & Penology
  • SOC 442 - Sociology of Drug Use & Abuse
  • SOC 448 - Law & Society (3)
SOCIAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIAL CHANGE
  • *SOC 206 - Social Problems & Issues (3)
  • *SOC 312 - Sociology of the Family
  • *SOC 350 - Health, Illness & Society
  • SOC 412 - Sociology of Work & Family
  • *SOC 421 - Social Change & Modernization
  • *SOC 426 - Social Inequality
  • SOC 448 - Law & Society (3)
  • SOC 450 - Sociology of Education
  • SOC 452 - Sociology of Religion
  • SOC 453 - Sociology of Sport
  • *SOC 454 - Leisure & Culture
  • SOC 470 - Collective Behavior & Social Movements
SOCIAL POLICY
  • *SOC 350 - Health, Illness & Society
  • *SOC 360 - Population Trends & Policy
  • *SOC 426 - Social Inequality
  • SOC 430 - Gender & Society
  • SOC 432 - Sociology of Aging (3)
  • SOC 437 - Race & Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 438 - US Immigration Issues in the 21st Century
  • SOC 439 - Welfare & Social Services
  • SOC 448 - Law & Society (3)
ENVIRONMENTAL & NATURAL RESOURCES
  • *SOC 360 - Population Trends & Policy
  • *SOC 456 - Science & Technology in a Social Context
  • SOC 466 - International Development: Gender Issues
  • SOC 475 - Rural-Urban Sociology
  • *SOC 480 - Environmental Sociology
  • *SOC 481 - Society & Natural Resources
  • *SOC 485 - Consensus & Natural Resources (3)

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