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Prepare for a career in social work, counseling, and other work in support of relationships, families, and communities.

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts major in Sociology will have an understanding of group life: its characteristics, values, changes, causes and consequences. It employs scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, inter-group relationships, social class, environment, technology and communications, health-seeking behavior, and social movements.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program requires a minimum of 39 credits, including 6 elective in a specific area of study (18 credits) and the Capstone course (3 credits).

Grade of C- or higher required for MAT 105 and PSY 216. All other major courses require a grade of C or higher.

See the full requirements for our Sociology major in our Official Catalog.

  • SOC 101: Sociology

    3 credits
  • SOC 315: Sociology of Diversity

    3 credits
  • SOC 450: Social Theory

    3 credits
  • PSY 101: Psychology

    3 credits
  • MAT 105: Statistics
    PSY 216: Statistics for Behavioral Science

    3 credits
  • PSY 410: Research Methods for Behavioral Science

    3 credits
  • Electives

    18 credits
  • SOC 495: Sociology Major Capstone

    3 credits

Students enrolled in the Sociology major will earn 18 credits of electives in one of these six areas:

  • Social Stratification
  • Social Organizations
  • Social Psychology
  • Urban/Rural Sociology
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Social Change

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Outcomes & Pathways

Students who graduate with a major in Sociology will be able to:

  1. Use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data.
  2. Identify key concepts of classical and contemporary sociological theory.
  3. Evaluate societal institutions and social processes, e.g., stratification, racial and ethnic groups, gender, family, urban, work, healthcare, and education.
  4. Relate sociological research to social policy formation.
  5. Explain the relationship between personal experience and societal change within an historical/global context.
  6. Synthesize their learning of the concentration through a research paper, project, portfolio, or practicum.

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