What is sociology?
Sociology is the scientific study of society and systematically examines the cultural and social factors that shape individual and group behavior. Students learn about the fundamental processes of human interaction, the forces of social inequality and social change, and critically examine society’s social institutions and social problems. The major prepares students for careers where knowledge of human relationships and/or research skills are desirable, and for graduate work in sociology and related social service fields.
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Requirements for the liberal arts major in Sociology (B.A.)
See complete list of sociology courses here.
To earn a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology, students must complete a minimum of 40 credits, 20 of which must be taken at the 300-400 level including:
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 202 Research Methods
SOC 203 Social Statistics with Computer Applications
SOC 400 Sociological Theory
2. One class from each of the following categories:
Interaction processes: SOC 206, 207, 337, 402
Social issues: SOC 205, 300, 222, 323, 315, 316, 465
Social institutions: SOC 240, 326, 305, 320, 327, 328, 335, 381, 425, 437
Social inequality and change: SOC 301, 331, 336, 344, 345
3. 8 elective credits at the 300-400 level, 4 of which may include anthropology
Note: no more than 8 credits counted toward the major may be taken in SOC 190, 392, 399 or 480.