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major: Sociology

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) Concentration: Social Research 2024-2025

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Prerequisites (6 credits)



Core Requirements (6 credits)

SYA3300 Soc Research Methods (3 Credits)
SYA4010 Sociological Theory (3 Credits)

Concentration Requirements (12 credits)

SYA3310 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: SYA3300
SYA3450C Social Science Data Analysis (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: SYA3300
SYA4654 Soc Approaches to Program Eval (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: SYA3300 or SOW3403

ANT 4497 Ethnographic Methods (3 credits)
ECO 4321 Econometrics (3 credits)
ENG 3816 Digital Methods in Literary Studies (3 credits)
GIS 3043 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
HSC 3500 Epidemiology (3 credits)
HSC 4730 Public Health Research (3 credits)
IDC 2000 The Beauty and Joy of Computing (3 credits)
MMC 4420 Mass Communication Research (3 credits)
POS 3734 Research Analysis for Political Scientists (3 credits)
PSY 32114 Research Methods in Psychology (3 credits)
SOW 3403 Social Work Research Methods (3 credits)

Major Electives (9 credits)
SYA 4930 Special Topics in Sociology(2-5 credits)
SYA 4905 Directed Individual Study(2-6 credits)
SYA 4914 Sociological Research Experience (2-6 credits)
SYA 4943 Sociology Internship (3 credits)
SYO 4200 Sociology of Religion (3 credits)
SYD 4510 Environment & Society(3 credits)
SYO 4370 Sociology of Work (3 credits)
SYD 3410 Urban Sociology (3 credits)
SYD 3700 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)
SYD 3800 Gender & Society (3 credits)
SYD 4702 Race, Place and Inequality (3 credits)
SYO 3110 Sociology of Sexualities (3 credits)
SYO 3530 Social Stratification (3 credits)
SYO 4100 Sociology of Family (3 credits)
SYO 4300 Political Sociology (3 credits)
SYO 4400 Health, Illness & Society (3 credits)
SYO 4461 Media & Pop Culture (3 credits)
SYP 3440 Social Change & International Development (3 credits)
SYP 3570 Deviance & Social Control (3 credits)
SYP 4050 Social Human Interaction (3 credits)
SYP 4351 Social Movements & Social Control (3 credits)
SYP 4730 The Sociology of Aging (3 credits)
SYP 4763 Sociology of Childhood and Youth (3 credits) 
SYD 4237 Sociology of Immigration (3 credits) 
SYP 4013 Sociology of the Body and Movement (3 credits) 
SYO 4531 Social Inequality (3 credits)

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 1 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.

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).