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, as 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 Cardinal Core Requirements (CC), programmatic requirements, supporting courses (social science electives), and general electives, students take anywhere from 39-45 credit hours in sociology for the major in sociology.  Click the following links for the full degree requirements (including the "flight plans" ) for the BA in sociology and the BS in sociology.  Below is a description of the sociology course requirements for both the BA and BS in sociology.

Core Courses
All undergraduate students working toward a BA or BS in sociology must complete the following core courses (all of which are offered each fall, spring, and summer):

SOC 201 Intro to Sociology-SB
SOC 202 Social Problems-SBD1 OR SOC 210 Race in the U.S.-SBD1
SOC 301 Intro to Social Statistics
SOC 303 Intro to Research Methods-WR
SOC 320 Social Theory-WR
SOC 323 Diversity & Inequality

Electives and CUE
Both BA and BS students then take three 300-level sociology electives.  Of the three 300-level sociology electives, students must take one  course in Environment, Health, and Population Studies*:

SOC 305 Urban Sociology
SOC 306 Demography
SOC 307 Rural Sociology
SOC 315 Environmental Sociology
SOC 329 Sociology of Families
SOC 340 Mental Health & Illness
SOC 342 Medical Sociology
SOC 343 Sociology of Women's Health
SOC 350 Special Topics in Sociology
SOC 392 Faces of Global Poverty-WR
SOC 394 Globalization, Culture, and Third World Development

and students must take two courses in Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies*:

SOC 325 Sociology of Human Sexuality
SOC 327 Sociology of Gender
SOC 334 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 336 Criminology
SOC 344 Sociology of Music
SOC 346 Sociology of Religion
SOC 374 Money, Economics and Society-WR
SOC 380 Animals and Society

*Other sociology electives may be substituted upon approval from the department undergraduate advisor, .

Regarding 400-level electives, BA students must also take four 400-level sociology electives, one of which must be a CUE-designated course, while BS students must take four 400-level sociology elective and either SOC 405 Voluntarism or conduct an independent study (SOC 400) to meet their CUE requirement.

Finally, BS students must also take a 200+ level sociology elective (which is not required for the BA in sociology). 

Ultimately, the BA students must earn 39 total credit hours in sociology, while the BS must earn a total of 45 credit hours in sociology.

Degree Core Courses 300+ level
Sociology Electives
400+ level
Sociology Electives

200+ level
Sociology Elective

SOC 400 or 405 Total Credit Hours
in Sociology
BA 18 hours 9 hours 12 hours NA NA 39 hours
BS 18 hours 9 hours 12 hours 3 hours 3 hours 45 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) division courses (at the 300+ level) for their degree. (BA 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 BA in sociology must take 18 hours of social science electives (supporting courses), two courses of which must be either ANTH 201, PAS 200, LALS 311, and/or WGST 201.  Students earning the BS in sociology must take 24 hours of social science electives, one course of which must be either ANTH 201, PAS 200, LALS 311, or WGST 201.  For more details on the "supporting courses" requirement.

The social sciences include: anthropology; communication; criminal justice; 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 301 (formerly MGMT 201), GEOG 356, CJ 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.

Sociology minors may substitute CJ 325, PAS 408, PSYC 302, or SW 426 for SOC 303, and may substitute BSTA 301 (formerly MGMT 201), GEOG 356, CJ 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:  Students opting to substitute one of the approved courses above for SOC 301 and/or SOC 303 must take an additional sociology elective at the 300+ level in lieu of the required sociology course(s)Students 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 or conduct an independent study in sociology (SOC 400), while students pursuing the BA in sociology will take any 400-level sociology course designated as a CUE.  Currently, 400-level courses with the CUE designation include: SOC 400 Independent Study, SOC 405 Voluntarism, SOC 406 Applied Sociology, SOC 410 Sociology of Aging, SOC 415 Sociology of Death & Dying, SOC 425 Sociology of Leisure, SOC 435 Medicine, Health and Illness, SOC 440 The Health Care System, SOC 450 Special Topics in Sociology, SOC 454 Social Stratification, SOC 455 Occupations and Organizations, SOC 464 Race and Ethnicity, SOC 470 Political Sociology, SOC 472 Sociology of Education, and SOC 499 Senior Honors Thesis.