BA/BS degree requirements
The Department of Sociology offers both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in sociology.
All undergraduate students working toward a BA or BS (or minor) in sociology must complete the following core courses:
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:
|Degree||Core Courses||SOC 401 or 550||300+ level|
at any level
|Total Credit Hours|
|BA||15 hours||NA||6 hours||12 hours||3 hours||36 hours|
|BS||15 hours||3 hours||6 hours||12 hours||3 hours||39 hours|
|Minor||15 hours||NA||3 hours||NA||3 hours||21 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.
Programmatic Requirements: Humanities or Natural Sciences
Sociology majors must take two humanities (or natural science) courses (at the 300+ level) for their degree. (B.A. students must also take an additional humanities or natural science at any level.) Humanities 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 courses include: biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, and physics.
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., PYSC 302) for SOC 303, but may substitute BSTA 201 (formerly MGMT 201), GEOG 356, JA 326, MATH 109, or PSYC 301) for SOC 301. Sociology minors may substitute a research methods course from communication, criminal justice (formerly justice administration), Pan African studies, political science, or psychology for SOC 303, and may substitute BSTA 201 (formerly MGMT 201), GEOG 356, JA 326, MATH 109, or PSYC 301 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 course.Students may not take two statistics courses and have both count toward their degree.
WR (Writing Requirement) Approved Courses
All students in Arts & Sciences 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.
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 http://www.louisville.edu/provost/GER/