BA/BS degree requirements

The Department of Sociology offers both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in sociology.  Students may elect to complete their entire sociology degree online.  The BA in sociology can also be completed as a 100% online program.  The BA SOC Online program offers the same curriculum and quality instruction as the campus program. To learn more about the online option, admission requirements and application deadlines, send us a request for more information.  (Currently, the BS in sociology is not also available as a 100% online program.)                     


In addition to the General Education Requirements (GER), programmatic requirements, supporting courses (social science electives), and general electives, students take anywhere from 36-39 credit hours in sociology for the major in sociology.  Visit pages 820-825 of the undergraduate catalog ( for the full degree requirements for the BA and BS in sociology. Students interested in seeing the FLIGHT PLAN (a four-, five-, or six- year plan for completing a degree) for sociology should visit

Core Courses
All undergraduate students working toward a BA or BS (or minor) in sociology must complete the following core courses (all of which are offered each fall, spring, and summer):
SOC 201 Intro to Sociology
SOC 301 Intro to Social Statistics
SOC 303 Intro to Research Methods
SOC 320 Social Theory
SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality

Students should take these core courses early in their program, as they provide fundamental knowledge useful to 300+ and 400+ sociology electives.

Following are the requirements for the BA and BS in sociology (and several 300- and 400- level sociology electives are offered each fall, spring, and summer):

DegreeCore CoursesSOC 405300+ level
Sociology Electives
400+ level
Sociology Electives
Sociology Electives
at any level
Total Credit Hours
in Sociology
BA15 hoursNA6 hours12 hours3 hours36 hours
BS15 hours3 hours6 hours12 hours3 hours39 hours
Minor15 hoursNA3 hoursNA3 hours21 hours

 NOTE: Students must take SOC 301 Social Statistics and earn a solid C or better before being admitted to the sociology program. Students must also earn a solid C or better in SOC 303 Research Methods and SOC 320 Social Theory to graduate with a degree in sociology.

General Education Requirements (GER)
All sociology majors must have completed or be completing general education requirements. For more information on GER requirements for Arts & Sciences' majors, visit

Programmatic Requirements: Humanities or Natural Sciences
Sociology majors must take two humanities (or natural science) division courses (at the 300+ level) for their degree. (B.A. students must also take an additional humanities or natural science at any level.) Humanities Division courses include: art, art history, Chinese Studies, English, humanities, linguistics, modern languages, music history, philosophy, theatre arts, and any language course (ASL, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). Natural Sciences Division courses include: biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, and physics.

Social Sciences
Students earning the B.A. must take 18 hours and B.S. students must take 24 hours of social science electives. The social sciences include: anthropology; communication; criminal justice (formerly justice administration); economics; geography; history; paralegal studies; peace, justice and conflict transformation; political science; and psychology. Some classes in Asian studies, liberal studies, Pan-African studies, social change, and women & gender studies are also considered social science electives; please consult the course description for a particular course's designation. NOTE: Sociology courses may not be used to satisfy social science requirements.

Sociology majors may only substitute a psychology research methods course (i.e., PSYC 302) for SOC 303, but may substitute BSTA 201 (formerly MGMT 201), GEOG 356, JA 326, MATH 109 or 560, PHUN 301, PSYC 301, or SW 204 for SOC 301.

Sociology minors may substitute CJ 325, PAS 408, PSYC 302, or SW 428 for SOC 303, and may substitute BSTA 201 (formerly MGMT 201), GEOG 356, JA 326, MATH 109 or 560, PHUN 301, PSYC 301, or SW 204 for SOC 301. Any other substitutions must be approved by Dr. Jonetta Weber in the Department of Sociology.

NOTE: If a student opts to substitute such a course, he/she must take an additional sociology elective at the 300+ level in lieu of the required sociology courseStudents may not take two statistics courses and have both count toward their degree.

WR (Writing Requirement) Approved Courses
All students must take two WR courses to fulfill the writing requirement. SOC 303 (Research Methods) and SOC 320 (Social Theory) are WR courses, thus meeting the WR requirement for sociology majors/minors.

CUE (Culminating Undergraduate Experience)
All students must take one sociology CUE course during their senior year.  Students pursuing the BS in sociology will take SOC 405 Voluntarism, while students pursuing the BA in sociology will take any 400-level sociology course designated as a CUE.