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Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Sociology

Major: Sociology Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Prerequisites (6 credits)



Major Requirements (12 credits)

SYA 3300 requires an elementary statistics course as preparation.

SYA3300 Logic of Inquiry (3 Credits)

Prereq: Elementary Statistics

SYA3310 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

Prereq: SYA 3300

SYA3450C Social Science Data Analysis (3 Credits)

Prereq: SYA 3300

SYA4010 Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Prereq: SYG 2000 or SYG 2013 & 2 upper level Sociology courses

Major Electives (21 credits)


  • SYA 3931 ST: Sociology
  • SYA 4930 ST: Sociology
  • SYA 4905 Directed Individual Study
  • SYA 4900 Honors Project in Sociology
  • SYA 4935 Senior Seminar
  • SYO 4200 Sociology of Religion
  • SYD 4510 Environment & Sociology
  • SYP 4660 Sociology of Culture
  • SYO 4370 Sociology of Work
  • SYD 3020 Social Demography
  • SYD 3410 Urban Sociology
  • SYD 3700 Racial and Cultural Minorities
  • SYD 3800 Gender & Society
  • SYD 4601 Community Organization, Change & Development
  • SYO 3110 Sociology of Sexualities
  • SYO 3530 Social Stratification
  • SYO 4100 Sociology of Family
  • SYO 4300 Political Sociology
  • SYO 4400 Health, Illness & Society
  • SYP 3440 Social Change & International Development
  • SYP 3570 Deviance & Social Control
  • SYP 4050 Social Human Interaction
  • SYP 4351 Social Movements & Social Control
  • SYP 4411 Sociology of War & Peace
  • SYP 4730 The Sociology of Aging
  • SYO 4200 Sociology of Religion

Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.*
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 hrs of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)

Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete the foreign language or foreign culture requirement with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • Part 1 of languages are typically offered in the fall and part 2 in the spring.
  • Incoming Students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy this requirement by earning a "C" or better in a French or Spanish at the level at which they placed.
  • Students who choose this option may also be eligible for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 credits of retroactive credit if they complete with a "C" or above in a 3000 level French or Spanish course.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, although in this case placement will be determined by the professor of the program.

FC Foreign Culture Option

  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

Free Electives (4 credits)


This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).