Jan 22, 2022  
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology, BA (CIP 45.1101)

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.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in Sociology.
  2. Students will have a strong content knowledge of at least one major area of study within Sociology.
  3. Students will understand and apply basic research methods including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  4. Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to use the knowledge, skills, and values they have learned in various occupations or in graduate school.


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 Electives) and the University General Education Program Requirements. 

Major Requirements (69)

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)

ECON 235 and any three courses offered within the School of Humanities, Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences not taken in the Sociology Core.

Free Electives (21)

Free electives may be used to obtain a minor or satisfy additional General Education Requirements.

Degree Totals

Major Requirements 69  
University GEP 52  

Total Degree Hours: 121

General Education Program Requirements 52 - 58 Credit Hours

University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of fifty-two (52) hours is required. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, ENGL 150, LIS 150) and Mathematics (MATH 131 & MATH 132).  Students that have course requirements waived must satisfy the MINIMUM required hours of 120 in order to graduate.


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 Communications is the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using various 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 required to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are required 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 or MATH 174.