Majoring in Sociology

Courses in the Sociology Program integrate theory and application into a broad foundation of both scientific and humanistic knowledge about humans in society. All students complete an internship and an original empirical senior thesis as part of their major requirements. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills and the application of values to the content of the sociology curriculum. The knowledge and skills gained during the program are crucial to successful performance in graduate school and are also highly valued by a wide variety of potential employers who hire sociology majors directly after graduation.

Total program: 60 semester hours

Prerequisite Requirements: 8 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 250 Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC 305 Quantitative Analysis 4

Core Requirements: 20 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
SOC 390 Research Methods 4
SOC 400 Sociological Theory 4
SOC 497 Internship 4
Senior Capstone
Two Capstone Courses (e.g., SOC 499A and 499B or two SOC 499C courses) 4, 4

Breadth Requirements: 4 semester hours

Choose one of the following:

Code Course Title Units
SOC 315 Race and Ethnicity 4
SOC 330 Social Class and Inequality 4
SOC 331 Gender Inequality 4

Elective Requirements: 12 semester hours

Any 3 Sociology courses

Select a Concentration

16 semester hours

If not selecting a concentration

Any 4 Sociology courses

Social Justice Concentration

4 of the following:

Code Course Title Units
SOC 315 Race and Ethnicity 4
SOC 330 Social Class and Inequality 4
SOC 331 Gender Inequality 4
SOC 270 Social Problems 4
SOC 314 Sexuality and Gender Issues 4
SOC 317 Health, Wealth, and Poverty 4
SOC 320 Sociology of Deviance 4
SOC 341 Urban Sociology 4
SOC 345 White Collar Crime 4
SOC 370 Social Change 4
SOC 375 Drugs and Society 4
SOC 335 Black Experience* 4
SOC 336 Latino Experience* 4
SOC 337 Asian-American Experience* 4
SOC 338 Native-American Experience* 4

* – Only one of the following may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Applied Statistics Concentration

4 of the following:

Code Course Title Units
SOC 310 Advanced Quantitative Analysis 4

SOC 317

Health, Wealth, and Poverty 4
SOC 342 Urban Crime Patterns 4
SOC 348 Social Networks 4
SOC 371 Birth, Migration, and Aging 4
SOC 380 Political Economy of Crime 4

Crime, Law, and Society Concentration

4 of the following:

Code Course Title Units
SOC 320 Sociology of Deviance 4
SOC 321 Juvenile Delinquency 4
SOC 322 Introduction to Criminology 4
SOC 342 Urban Crime Patterns 4
SOC 345 White Collar Crime 4
SOC 350 Law and Society 4
SOC 375 Drugs and Society 4
SOC 380 Political Economy of Crime 4