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Program of Study - Sociology Major

Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Sociology

Major: Sociology 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 (12 credits)

SYA 3300 requires an elementary statistics course as preparation.

SYA3300 Soc Research Methods (3 Credits)

Prereq: Elementary Statistics


  • SYA 3310 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Prereq: SYA 3300
  • SYA 3450C Social Science Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • Prereq: SYA 3300
  • SYA 4654 Evaluation Research/Program 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 3310 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SYA 3450C Social Science Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • SYA 3931 ST: Sociology(2-5 credits)
  • SYA4654 Evaluation Research/Program Analysis (3 credits)
  • SYA 4930 ST: Sociology(2-5 credits)
  • SYA 4905 Directed Individual Study(2-6 credits)
  • SYA 4900 Honors Project in Sociology(3-6 credits)
  • SYA 4935 Senior Seminar (3 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 & Sociology(3 credits)
  • SYP 4660 Sociology of Culture (3 credits)
  • SYO 4370 Sociology of Work (3 credits)
  • SYD 3020 Social Demography (3 credits)
  • SYD 3410 Urban Sociology (3 credits)
  • SYD 3700 Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3 credits)
  • SYD 3800 Gender & Society (3 credits)
  • SYD 4601 Community Organization, Change & Development
  • 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 4500 Sociology of Organizations (3 credits)
  • SYP 3440 Social Change & International Development
  • SYP 3570 Deviance & Social Control (3 credits)
  • SYP 4050 Social Human Interaction (3 credits)
  • SYP 4351 Social Movements & Social Control (3 credits)
  • SYP 4411 Sociology of War & Peace (3 credits)
  • SYP 4730 The Sociology of Aging (3 credits)
  • SYO 4200 Sociology of Religion (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 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.

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).