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2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, BA (CIP 45.1101)

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The major in sociology provides students with an understanding of the forces and principles that govern social life and individual human interaction Within this major, students learn elements of sociological theory and how to conduct basic social research. This program of study includes extensive writing, community development, social work, data collection and marketing. The sociology major is a good foundation for a variety of careers and for graduate study in the fields of sociology, social work and law. Social Work is offered as a minor under the Social Science Program. This BA in Sociology consists of 121 semester hours.

The minor in sociology consists of 18 semester hours including the following:

        SOC 231   Modern Social Problems                      3 hours
        SOC 232   Contemporary Family Life                    3 hours
        SOC 234   Social Psychology                                 3 hours
        SOC 327   Race Relations                                      3 hours
        SOC 332   Criminology                                            3 hours
        SOC 341  Gerontology                                            3 hours
                                                                                         18 hours total


The following outline of courses details requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Meeting graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student.  

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study includes Major Requirements (Core Requirements, Supporting Courses, and Free Electives) and the University General Education Program Requirements. 

Major Requirements

Students must earn a “C” or higher in ALL courses in the major.

Core Requirements (36)

Students must earn a “C” or higher in ALL courses in the major.

Supporting courses (12)

Any three sociology courses not taken in the Sociology Core and any 400-level sociology course not taken in the Sociology Core.




SOC 4XX (3)

Free Electives (15)

Degree Totals

Major Requirements 63  
University GEP Requirements 58  

Total Degree Hours: 121

General Education Program Requirements 52 - 58 Credit Hours

University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of fifty-two (52) hours is required of all students. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment. Students will be assessed in core competency areas at the end of each academic year. A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, ENGL 150, LIS 150) and Mathematics (MATH 131 & MATH 132).


First Year Experience - 4 credits

Freshmen are required to complete the First Year Experience classes in their first two semesters.

Communication 12 - 18 credits

Written and Oral Communication Definition:

Written and Oral Communicationis the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using varioud rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.

All students are required to take ENGL 131 or ENGL 131L, ENGL 132, COMM 201, and one foreign language at the 132 level or higher. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.

Spiritual Development - 3 credit

Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Spiritual development is the ability to understand diverse religions and to develop positive spiritual growth.

Health and Wellness - 5 credits

Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.

STEM Literacy 13-15 credits

Mathematics 6-8 credits

Students are required to take at least six credit hours of mathematics. Note 1: STEM majors are recommended to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are recommended to take MATH 135 and either MATH 224 or MATH 231. All other majors can satisfy mathematics requirements by taking  MATH 131 and MATH 132.  

Humanities - 9 credits

Choose one History course (3) and two Fine Art courses from different disciplines (i.e., ART and FIM).  Students majoring in the arts must take fine art courses outside of their major.

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