Jan 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology, BS


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The major in Sociology provides students with a general orientation to, and an understanding of the nature of society, its organization, functions, and fundamental processes. This major is a traditionally established path to careers and professional preparation in the human services. It is frequently the undergraduate major of individuals entering government services and employment in the nonprofit sector. This major typically provides appropriate and adequate preparation for many graduate and professional programs including Law, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work, Human Services Administration, marketing, Policy Analysis, Research, Professional Counseling, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, and occasionally Medicine.

The major provides very clear pathways to a variety of Internship opportunities. Agencies typically aim their recruitment campaigns and participation opportunities by major departments with Sociology as a very prominent target. This major also provides familiar identification and networking environments for undergraduate students. These services, identity formation, and networking opportunities strengthen the university's ability to provide high quality academic programs and well prepared students pursuing career opportunities in the areas of health care, education, social services, corrections, and law enforcement.

Sociology provides specific and unique approaches to understanding the urban environment and the various aspects of culture. It serves a major role in the university's mission to understand, preserve and promote Africa-American culture. Students with majors in sociology will find research and growth opportunities in cultural analysis and cultural enrichment easily identifiable and readily accessible.

General Requirements for Degree


Students must complete 120 credit hours to receive the Bachelors degree. This includes 40 credits of general education requirements, and 42 credit hours in either the Political Science or Sociology majors, or 30 credit hours in the Social Science major. Students will also have to complete additional courses to meet the university's degree requirement of 120 credit hours. These elective courses may include a minor or part of a second major.

Sociology Major Requirements


In addition to the general Social Sciences major requirements, the following courses are required for the Sociology major:

Total Credits: 42


Level I (Freshman)


Fall Semester


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level II (Sophomore)


Total Semester Credits: 16


Spring Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level III (Junior)


Fall Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Spring Semester


  • SOSC 303 Theory 3 Credit(s)
  • SOCI 40. Race & Ethnicity 3 Credit(s)
  • Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • Elective 3 Credit(s)

Total Semester Credits: 15


Level IV (Senior)


Fall Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)

Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Credits: 122


General Education Requirement

University Graduation Requirement

Major Course 

or any 2 part 200 level History

or any ENGL 200 level or above 

BIOL 101  or BIOL 107  or CHEM 101  or PHSC 101  or PHSC 103  

PHIL 103  or PHIL 102  

or IDIS 103  or any Foreign Language or ART 105  or MUSC 201  or DANC 226  or THEA 211 

or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202  or SPCH 204  or GEOG 102  

General Elective - any University course 

Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.

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