Sociology B.A.

Liberal Arts and Science Electives73
Total Credits120

Course Requirements for the Major

In the specific areas of concentration

SOC-101Principles of Sociology3
SOS-201Social Science Professions I1
SOS-202Social Science Professions II1
SOS-301Statistics in the Social Science3
SOS-302Research Methods in Social Sciences3
SOS-401Social Sciences Internship I4
SOS-402Senior Seminar I2
SOS-403Social Sciences Internship II4
SOS-404Senior Seminar II2
Total Credits23

SOCIOLOGY COURSE CLUSTERS – Choose 4 courses each from two clusters below – 24 credits

Medical Sociology

SOC-222Health, Illness and Society3
SOC-309Soc of Disability & Rehabilitation3
SOC-313Health Disparities3
SOC-316Social Policy for Better Health3
SOC-400Social Epidemiology3
SOC-405Drugs and Society3
PHI-301Knowledge and Reality3
HAPH-306Population Health3
SOC-412Topics in Medical Sociology3

Stratification and Inequality

SOC-201Social Problems3
SOC-204Social Stratification3
SOC-305Race and Ethnicity3
SOC-313Health Disparities3
SOC-406Global Issues3
PSC-201American Government & Economics3
PHI-306Social & Political Philosophy3
SOC-414Topics in Stratification and Inequality3

Activism and Social Justice

SOC-201Social Problems3
SOC-211Social Change3
SOC-315Social Inquiry and Activism3
SOC-342Sociology of Human Rights3
SOC-404Collective Action3
SOC-406Global Issues3
FA-236Writing for Social Justice3
PSC-349Political Activism3
SOC-409Topics in Activism and Social Justice3

Social Institutions

SOC-204Social Stratification3
SOC-222Health, Illness and Society3
SOC-312Sociology of Sports and Phys Activity3
SOC-417Sociology of Education3
SOC-490Who Rules the World?3
FA-331Media and Culture3
RS-102Belief & Unbelief in the Brave New World3
SOC-413Topics in Social Institutions3

Law, the Person, and Society

SOC-201Social Problems3
PSY-206Abnormal Psychology3
SOC-301Deviance and Society3
PSY-365Psychology and the Legal System3
SOC-405Drugs and Society3
PSY-413Criminal Behavior3
HIS-330History of Constitutional Law3
PHI-204Logic and Reasoning3
SOC-415Topics in Law, the Person and Society3
or PSY-423 Topics in Law, the Person, and Society

Media, the Person, and Society

PSY-205Social Psychology3
SOC-202Media and Society3
PSY-313Consumer Behavior3
SOC-304Media Literacy3
PSY-425The Science of Wellbeing3
SOC-407Social Media3
FA-331Media and Culture3
PHI-211Technology and Society3
SOC-411Topics in Media, the Person and Society3
or PSY-420 Topics in Media, the Person, Society

Work, the Person, and Society

PSY-211Working on a Team3
SOC-206Sociology of Work3
PSY-318Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
SOC-320Inequality in the Labor Force3
PSY-416Motivation in the Workplace3
SOC-403American Labor Movement3
MGT-304Communicating in Organizations3
SOC-416Topics in Work, the Person and Society3
or PSY-424 Topics in Work, the Person, and Society

Academic Standards

Academic regulations for sociology are in addition to general university policies for all part-time and full-time students. Part-time and full-time students must meet all the academic regulations listed below.

  1. Grade and G.P.A. requirements
    1. Sociology major academic requirements:
      1. Students must maintain a semester and cumulative average of a minimum of 2.0.
      2. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C in courses required for the major. Such courses include the Nuts & Bolts foundation courses (SOS courses and SOC 101).
      3. Students who fail to meet these requirements are placed on program probation for one semester. 
      4. Students are permitted to repeat a course once. Permission to repeat a course must be obtained from the faculty in that course on a space-available basis.
    2. Sociology elective academic requirements
      1. Students in the major must achieve a C or better in sociology cluster elective cluster courses that are applied to requirements in the major.
      2. Students in the major earning less than a C in sociology cluster elective courses may:
        1. Not apply those courses with less than a C to the major requirements
        2. Choose to repeat the course when it is next offered in order to obtain a C or better
        3. Choose to take a different elective to apply towards the cluster requirements in the major. In such circumstances, the student cannot apply the elective course graded below C towards the cluster in the major but may be able to apply it towards the general education elective requirements if they achieved a passing grade in the course.  
  2. Probationary standing:
    1. Students who are placed on program probation have the following limitations and conditions:
      1. Students will be limited to no more than 13 credit hours per semester.
      2. Students must schedule and attend a meeting with their academic mentor within the first 3 weeks of the semester while on academic probation. The purpose of this meeting is to establish a collaborative remediation plan. 
      3. Students will be placed on academic probation for one full-time semester, during which time they must fulfill the conditions of probation and achieve the grade and GPA requirements for the major. Students who do not fulfill the conditions of probation or achieve the grade and GPA requirements for the major may have their probationary standing extended one semester. After two consecutive semesters on probation, students that have not fulfilled the conditions of probation or achieved the grade and GPA requirements for the major may be required to take a leave of absence or may be dismissed from the program. Probation may be permitted to continue beyond two semesters only under extraordinary circumstances.
      4. Students on academic probation must have the permission of the social sciences internship coordinator to be eligible to register for Internship I (SOS 401)/Senior Seminar I (SOS 402) or Internship II (SOS 403)/Senior Seminar II (SOS 404). In order to obtain this permission, students must demonstrate the ability to meet academic and professional standards of the program required for the internship experience.
    2. Previously dismissed students who re-apply and are re-accepted into the program will be placed on program probation for their returning first full-time semester.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. A high school average of at least 80 percent.

Transfer Admission

Students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00. Transfer credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis to assess adaptability to curriculum requirements.