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Major and Minor Requirements

The sociology curriculum includes courses on research design, data analysis, social theory, and conceptualization of domestic and international organizational and social problems. In today’s information society, these skills give sociology majors a competitive advantage in the fields of social research, criminology, public administration, demography, policy analysis, gerontology, social work and market researchand education.

Sociology majors entering the business world often work in marketing research, human resources, management, industrial relations, public relations or sales. Sociology majors entering human services often work with youths at risk, the elderly or people experiencing problems related to poverty or substance abuse. Sociology majors entering the government sector often work in policy analysis, program evaluation or urban planning.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Sociology

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Sociology

Requirements for a Minor in Sociology

Departmental Distinction

 

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Sociology = 33 term hours

  Credit Hours 
SOCI 1300, 3311, 3312  9
SOCI 4313 or 4314  3
Four additional courses at the 2000 or 3000 level  12
Three additional courses at the 4000 level 9
  33 Total

One statistics course (STAT 2301 or 2331) is recommended. Only one independent study course (SOCI 4393 or 4396) may be taken for a grade and applied toward the major. General internship courses SOCI 4198, 4298, 4398 may only be taken on a pass/fail basis, and will not be counted toward the major.

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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Sociology = 36 term hours

  Credit Hours
STAT 2301 or 2331 3
SOCI 1300, 3311, 3312, 4313, 4314 15
Three additional courses at the 2000 or 3000 level 9
Three additional courses at the 4000 level 9
  36 Total

Only one independent study course (SOCI 4393 or 4396) may be taken for a grade and applied toward the major. General internship courses SOCI 4198, 4298, 4398 may only be taken on a pass/fail basis, and will not be counted toward the major.

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Requirements for a Minor in Sociology = 15 term hours

Students may obtain a 15-hour minor in Sociology by completing:

1) SOCI 1300

2) SOCI 4313 or 4314

Three additional courses at the 3000 or 4000 level, with at least one at the 4000 level.

 

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Departmental Distinction

The major offers graduation with distinction to select student majors of high academic achievement. The program is open to junior and senior majors. Interested students with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major may consult with the Chair of Sociology for admission to the distinction track. If the Chair determines that the student has satisfied the requirements, the student may then contact a Sociology faculty member to request that they direct their distinction paper. The candidate's distinction paper must be a substantial piece of independent and original research. The research will be presented and evaluated by a Distinction Committee comprised of at least two faculty members. Upon positive recommendation from this Committee, the student will be awarded graduation with distinction. Criteria for graduating with Departmental Distinction include the following:

  1. A minimum 3.0 overall GPA at graduation
  2. A minimum 3.5 GPA in Sociology
  3. Preparation of a Distinction Thesis under the supervision of the faculty advisor while enrolled in SOCI 4396. The supervising faculty will determine the letter grade earned in SOCI 4396.
  4. Passing grade on an oral examination. The oral exam is graded on a pass/fail basis by the Distinction Committee, which includes the Sociology faculty advisor and one additional faculty member selected by the faculty advisor in consultation with the student.

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Important Departmental Distinction Forms

Student Petition for Individual Research Course (SOCI 4396)

Application to Pursue Distinction in Sociology  

Decision to Grant Distinction in Sociology