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2019-2020 Catalog
Sociology: Social Welfare (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Sociology

Major: Sociology Concentration: Social Welfare Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Prerequisites (6 credits)

Social Welfare concnetration student can also take SOW2036 as part of the 2 Intro Sociology courses.



Major Requirements (21 credits)

SYA 3300 requires an elementary statistics course as preparation.

SYA3300 Logic of Inquiry (3 Credits)

Prereq: Elementary Statistics

RESEARCH Choose two from the following:

  • SYA 3310 Qualitative Research Methods Prereq: SYA 3300
  • SYA3450C Social Science Data Analysis Prereq: SYA 3300
  • SYA 4654 Evaluation Research/Program Analysis Prereq: SYA 3300

SYA4010 Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Prereq: SYG 2000 or SYG2013 & 2 upper level Sociology courses

DIVERSITY Choose one from the following:

  • SYD 3800 CD Gender & Society
  • SYD 3700 CD Racial & Cultural Minorities
  • ANT 3212 CD/FC Peoples & Cultures of the World
  • SOW 3620 Social Work with Diverse Groups

SOW3213 Social Welfare Policy (3 Credits)

SOW4352 Principles of Soc Serv Prov (3 Credits)

  • Prereq: SOW 3213

Major Electives (15 credits)


  • SOW 4122 Inside the Asylum (3 credits)
  • SOW 4654 Social Work with Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • SOW 4700 Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice (3 credits)
  • SOW 4794 Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees (3 credits)
  • SOW 4602 Social Work in Health Care (3 credits)
  • SOW 4651 Child Abuse and Neglect (3 credits)
  • SOW 4724 Child Welfare Practice (3 credits)
  • SYO 3110 Sociology of Sexualities
  • SYO 4100 Sociology of Family
  • SYO 4400 Health, Illness & Society
  • SYP 3570 Deviance & Social Control
  • SYP 4730 The Sociology of Aging
  • CJC 3410 Offender Treatment
  • CCJ 4681 Family Violence
  • CCJ 3010 Juvenile Delinq & Juvenile Justice
  • ANT 3443 The City & Health
  • SYD 4601 Community Organization, Change & Development
  • SOW 4930 ST: Social Welfare
  • SOW 4905 Directed Independent Study - Social Work



Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)
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 credit hours 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

Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either (i) the Foreign Language option or (ii) the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Latin, or American Sign Language.
  • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
  • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
  • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being 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.