Sociology is the scientific study of society and its institutions, organizations, and groups. Sociologists study the ways that social structure and interactions shape human life. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies.
Our program encourages students to ‘think outside the box’ by continually testing conventional wisdom against evidence. Doing so allows students to develop strong critical thinking skills. Majoring in Sociology prepares students for employment in fields such as: social services, administration, teaching, management, and law. See our ‘Why Study Sociology’ brochure for more information on career opportunities.
Suggested Course of Study for Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Students who wish to major in Sociology should plan their programs with the departmental undergraduate coordinator as soon as possible after entering the University and should consult with their advisor before each registration period.
Major Core (39 hours): Courses in the Major are sequenced by level
Level 1: Intro to the Discipline (3 hours)
- Introduction to Sociology SO 1003
Level 2: Sociology Substantive Core (6 hours)
- Cultural & Racial Minorities SO 2203
- Choose one of the following: Social Inequality SO 3003
- Society and the Individual SO 3013
- Organizations in Modern Society SO 3053
Level 3: Tools and Skills (6 hours)
- Social Theory I SO 3103
- Introduction to Social Research SO 3213
Level 4: Sociology General Upper Division Core (21 hours)
- Select any seven 3000 or 4000-level Sociology courses, including any of those not listed above. A minimum of five of these courses must be at the 4000-level.
Level 5: Capstone (3 hours)
- Social Research Practice SO 4803
To earn a minor in sociology, a student must take eighteen (18) hours of undergraduate sociology courses. SO1003, 2203, and 3213 are required. The other three SO courses must be at the 2000 level or above and include at least one 4000 level SO course.